1. ## Airline Report Problem

Hello everybody,
I have solved the way my professor tought us in class but I'm getting a different answer. If somebody can help me I will really Appreciate.....

An airline reports that it has been experiencing a 15% rate of no-shows on advanced reservations. Among 150 advanced reservations, find the probability that there will be fewer than 20 no-shows. Use the normal distribution to approximate the binomial distribution.

Thanks....

2. ## hi

hi

The normal approximation

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$\displaystyle N(np, np(1-p))$ (1)

$\displaystyle 0.15 \cdot 150 = 22.5$

Now use the formula given, (1). I gotta go know, in a hurry, Iīll check in later. GL

3. $\displaystyle np = 150 \cdot 0.15 = 22.5$
$\displaystyle np(1-p) = 19.125$

$\displaystyle \frac{Z-\mu}{\sigma} = \frac{30 - 22.5}{4.37} \approx 1.72$

$\displaystyle P(Z\leq 1.72) \approx 0.9573$

To be honest, I have never done this before, but I hope itīs right, otherwise let me know!

4. Originally Posted by Twig
$\displaystyle np = 150 \cdot 0.15 = 22.5$
$\displaystyle np(1-p) = 19.125$

$\displaystyle \frac{Z-\mu}{\sigma} = \frac{30 - 22.5}{4.37} \approx 1.72$

$\displaystyle P(Z\leq 1.72) \approx 0.9573$

To be honest, I have never done this before, but I hope itīs right, otherwise let me know!
The answer does not match with the ones I have; I see you have used 30; I dont know how you got that? I tried to use 20 as given in the question, still it doesn't give the right answer.

5. Originally Posted by Allenge
Hello everybody,
I have solved the way my professor tought us in class but I'm getting a different answer. If somebody can help me I will really Appreciate.....

An airline reports that it has been experiencing a 15% rate of no-shows on advanced reservations. Among 150 advanced reservations, find the probability that there will be fewer than 20 no-shows. Use the normal distribution to approximate the binomial distribution.

Thanks....
Let X be the random variable number of no shows.

X ~ Binomial(n = 150, p = 0.15).

Calculate Pr(X < 20) using the normal approximation.

Please say where you're stuck if you are still stuck.

6. Originally Posted by mr fantastic
Let X be the random variable number of no shows.

X ~ Binomial(n = 150, p = 0.15).

Calculate Pr(X < 20) using the normal approximation.

Please say where you're stuck if you are still stuck.
Still stuck; tried to use the normal approximation but I'm not getting the right answer.

p(x < 20) => p(z< {20-22.5}/4.37) = -0.5721

p(z< -0.5721) = 0.2843

This is what I get but it is not one of the answers....

7. Mr fantastic, where is the fault in my reasoning?

thanks

9. Originally Posted by Allenge
Still stuck; tried to use the normal approximation but I'm not getting the right answer.

p(x < 20) => p(z< {20-22.5}/4.37) = -0.5721

p(z< -0.5721) = 0.2843

This is what I get but it is not one of the answers....
Did you use the continuity correction?

Originally Posted by Twig
Mr fantastic, where is the fault in my reasoning?

thanks
Originally Posted by Twig
$\displaystyle np = 150 \cdot 0.15 = 22.5$

$\displaystyle np(1-p) = 19.125$

$\displaystyle \frac{Z-\mu}{\sigma} = \frac{{\color{red}30} - 22.5}{4.37} \approx 1.72$

$\displaystyle P(Z\leq 1.72) \approx 0.9573$

To be honest, I have never done this before, but I hope itīs right, otherwise let me know!
Where did the 30 come from?