Suppose the reaction time X of a randomly selected individual to a certain stimulus is a standard gamma distribution with (alpha=2)
What is F(5;2) using gamma
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I'm guessing by standard gamma they mean the scale parameter (i.e. beta) is equal to 1. Since alpha = 2, we can just write down the density $\displaystyle f_X (x) = \frac{1}{\Gamma(2)} x^{2 - 1}e^{-x} = xe^{-x}$. You can solve for F(x) in the usual way using integration by parts. If you haven't had calculus, or are just being blindsided by this (since this is the pre-university forum), just post so and I'll give a different explanation (at some point, I have to go to class).
Nah, I put in 2 for alpha everywhere. Or are you talking about the exponential not having a parameter? That is where beta would normally be, but since it's 1, it's just $\displaystyle e^{-x}$. Just to be sure we're clear, the density for a Gamma(alpha, beta) is $\displaystyle f(x) = \frac{1}{\Gamma(\alpha) \beta^{\alpha}} x^{\alpha - 1} e^{\frac{-x}{\beta}}$. Plug 1 for beta and 2 for alpha and you get the density I posted.