# Rand. Variable

• January 7th 2009, 04:31 AM
matty888
Rand. Variable
If a random variable W only takes on the values 0,1,2,......,n-1 and its Probability Generating Function is p(t) = (t^n - 1)/{n(t - 1)}.
Determine P(W=2).
• January 7th 2009, 04:50 AM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by matty888
If a random variable W only takes on the values 0,1,2,......,n-1 and its Probability Generating Function is p(t) = (t^n - 1)/{n(t - 1)}.
Determine P(W=2).

You should know that $\Pr(W = w) = \left. \frac{1}{w!} \, \frac{d^w p}{dt^w} \right|_{t = 0}$.

In your question w = 2. The differentiation etc. is left for you to do.