A process splits into two new processes with a probability of 0.75 and terminates with a probability of 0.25. The next generation processes have the same probability of splitting or terminating.
if you start with a single process, what is the probability that the family of processes will last forever?
I don't quite get how you do it, are you trying to evaluate the prbability of 1 process failing at each step? so the 0.25 means the initial process failing, 0.25x0.75 is one of two failing 0.25x0.75^2 is one of 3 failing etc.?? And now, the final result means that probability of the process or any of its children lasting forever is zero....
Yeah it helped a bit but I still wouldn't say that I am 100% sure I completely understand, here is an interesting thing, if the probabilities were switched....i.e probability of spawning 2 processes = 0.25 and probability of terminating is 0.75... the answer will be in the form:
Pr(terminates)= 0.75(1+0.25+0.25^2+0.25^3....) which will also give 1, so given any probabilities the answer will remain the same, is there an explanation for that?