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    I'm missing something

    so I've got this question:
    A die with faces numbered 1 to 6 is biased so that P(score=r)=kr, (r=1,...,6). Find the value of k.

    Now my problem is i don't know which numbers it is biased to. supposing that (r=1,...,6) means the numbers from 1 to 6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arze View Post
    so I've got this question:
    A die with faces numbered 1 to 6 is biased so that P(score=r)=kr, (r=1,...,6). Find the value of k.

    Now my problem is i don't know which numbers it is biased to. supposing that (r=1,...,6) means the numbers from 1 to 6.
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    You don't need to, you only need to know that:

    P(score=1)+ P(score=2)+ ...+ P(score=6)=1

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    I'm really sorry i don't get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arze View Post
    I'm really sorry i don't get it.
    When you roll the die it will come up with some face, so the probability of a result is 1, which is the sum of the probabilities of all the possible outcomes.

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    ok. so i know that r can be any number, and P(any number)=1. and what's next?
    P(score is r)=kr=1?
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    The sum of the probabilities of all posssible outcomes must be 1.

    So:

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\sum_{r=1}^6 P(score=r)=\sum_{r=1}^6 k r = 21k=1<br />

    Hence k=1/21.

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    Hello, arze!

    You have to understand what was given.


    A die with faces numbered 1 to 6 is biased so that P(\text{score}=r)\:=\:kr,\;\;(r\,=\,1,\,2,\,\hdots  ,\,6)
    Find the value of k.

    We are told that the probability of rolling a number r is a constant k times r

    So we have these probabilities:

    . . . . \begin{array}{c|c}<br />
r & P(r)\\ \hline <br />
1 & k \\<br />
2 & 2k \\<br />
3 & 3k \\<br />
4 & 4k \\<br />
5 & 5k \\ <br />
6 & 6k \end{array}


    The probability that one of the numbers turn up is 100%.

    So we have: . k + 2k + 3k + 4k + 5k + 6k \:=\:1 \quad\Rightarrow\quad 21k \:=\:1

    Therefore: . k \:=\:\frac{1}{21}

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    Thank you! i understand now!
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