
Expected utility.
This is the subject from Hell!!! I am pretty lost and posting under my brothers account...
any help and clarity would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Thirty people work in your office and your Christmas tradition is to have a pool to which everyone contributes $10. On December 20, there is a drawing and the winner takes all. What is the expected utility of your participating in the office pool?
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If for your Christmas party, the winner is expected to buy refreshments for everyone (average cost $5 each), what is your expected utility for participating?
[Same cost, $10, same number of people participating, 30, same winner take all rule].
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What is the expected utility of buying a lottery ticket for $5 in a fair lottery if the prize is $1,000,000 and there are 10 million tickets sold?
Express your answer as a plus or minus dollar amount, with two decimal points. (e.g., +$3.25 or $3.25)
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You have just bought a new and therefore fairly expensive car. You have to buy insurance. The insurance cost is $1000 for a year but the deductible is only $150. If we assume that the probability of your having an accident in the next year is 10% and that the average cost of an accident involving a car like yours is $5000, what is the expected utilty for you of buying insurance?
Express your answer as a dollar amount with a positive or negative sign in front (e.g. +$10 or $12.95).
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You have just bought a new and therefore fairly expensive car. You have to buy insurance. The insurance cost is $1000 for a year but the deductible is only $150. If we assume that the probability of your having an accident in the next year is 10% and that the average cost of an accident involving a car like yours is $5000, what is the expected utilty for you of NOT buying insurance and driving without it?
Express your answer as a dollar amount with a positive or negative sign in front (e.g. +$10 or $12.95).
ANY AND ALL HELP IS MUCH APPRECIATED!!!

Ummm... I hate to break this too you, but you must define a "Utility" function in order to answer these quesitons. If you are talking about "Expectation", that is the same as a utility function U(t) = t. This means that $1 when you have none is just as important to you as $1 when you already have $1,000,000.
In the first one, your expectation is $10.00 + (1/30)*($300), or, a maybe little less confusing (29/30)*($10.00) + (1/30)(+$290.00). Again, though, we can't really talk about "Utility" until we know the Utility Function.
And just for the record, there are subjects worse than Statistics. Statistics is FUN!