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    Inequality query

    Hi,
    I'd be grateful if anyone could elucidate why this

      \sum_{k=1}^2   \binom{2}{k} (1-p)^k p^{2-k} > \sum_{k=2}^4   \binom{4}{k} (1-p)^k p^{4-k}

    is equivalent to this

    \sum_{k=0}^1   \binom{4}{k} (1-p)^k p^{4-k}>   \binom{2}{0} (1-p)^0 p^{2}

    I guess it should be obvious but I can't quite see why. Thanks in advance. MD
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    Re: Inequality query

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathsdog View Post
    Hi,
    I'd be grateful if anyone could elucidate why this

      \sum_{k=1}^2   \binom{2}{k} (1-p)^k p^{2-k} > \sum_{k=2}^4   \binom{4}{k} (1-p)^k p^{4-k}

    is equivalent to this

    \sum_{k=0}^1   \binom{4}{k} (1-p)^k p^{4-k}>   \binom{2}{0} (1-p)^0 p^{2}

    I guess it should be obvious but I can't quite see why. Thanks in advance. MD
    Consider the binomial expansions of ((1-p)+p)^2 and ((1-p)+p)^4

    CB
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