# Possible Geometric Distribution problem but I'm not sure...

• Dec 17th 2012, 09:31 PM
yvonnehr
Possible Geometric Distribution problem but I'm not sure...
I don't know what formula to use to solve this problem. It sounds like a Geometric Distribution but I'm not sure.

After repeated observations, it has been determined that the waiting time at the drive-through window of a local bank is skewed left, with a mean of 3.5 minutes and a standard deviation of 1.9 minutes. A random sample of 100 customers is to be taken. What is the probability that the mean of the sample will exceed 4 minutes?

The answer the teacher provided is 0.0042.

Thank you.
• Dec 17th 2012, 10:03 PM
chiro
Re: Possible Geometric Distribution problem but I'm not sure...
Hey yvonnehr.

If this is a waiting time that is continuous then you have might want to check the exponential distribution:

Exponential distribution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
• Dec 18th 2012, 02:01 PM
awkward
Re: Possible Geometric Distribution problem but I'm not sure...
Quote:

Originally Posted by yvonnehr
I don't know what formula to use to solve this problem. It sounds like a Geometric Distribution but I'm not sure.

After repeated observations, it has been determined that the waiting time at the drive-through window of a local bank is skewed left, with a mean of 3.5 minutes and a standard deviation of 1.9 minutes. A random sample of 100 customers is to be taken. What is the probability that the mean of the sample will exceed 4 minutes?

The answer the teacher provided is 0.0042.

Thank you.

By the Central Limit Theorem, the mean is approximately Normal with mean 3.5 and a standard deviation of $\sigma = \frac{1.9}{\sqrt{100}}$. (That the waiting time is skewed left is irrelevant.)

So what is the probability that a Normal random variable with mean 3.5 and standard deviation $\sigma$ (as above) is greater than 4?