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    Not so simple coin experiment

    Can someone help me with some reference or any kind of a hint for the problem, which goes like this:

    You flip each of n coins repeatedly until it shows heads. Let X be the number of coins that require at least five flips. Find P(X = 0) and E[X].

    I have tried to approach it by employing the geometric distribution for random variables (Olofsson: 118) but I quess this is not the right way to do it, since that could be appropriate if there was only one coin and it would be flipped for X times until the head "occurs".
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    Quote Originally Posted by anzej View Post
    Can someone help me with some reference or any kind of a hint for the problem, which goes like this:

    You flip each of n coins repeatedly until it shows heads. Let X be the number of coins that require at least five flips. Find P(X = 0) and E[X].

    I have tried to approach it by employing the geometric distribution for random variables (Olofsson: 118) but I quess this is not the right way to do it, since that could be appropriate if there was only one coin and it would be flipped for X times until the head "occurs".
    Calculate p = Pr(a coin requires at least five flips until showing heads).

    Then X ~ Binomial(n, p).
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