Geometric distribution

probability distribution

In probability, the geometric distribution with probability of success , written ,[1] is a discrete probability distribution defined on non-negative integers. It is used to model the number of trials needed to obtain a first success, where the probability of success of each trial is .[2]

An example involving geometric distribution is the number of times a coin needs to be tossed in order to get the first head.

The geometric distribution is the discrete analogue of the exponential distribution.[3]



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  2. "11.1 - Geometric Distributions | STAT 414". PennState: Statistics Online Courses. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  3. Weisstein, Eric W. "Geometric Distribution". Retrieved 2020-10-13.