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# The owner of a small convenience store is trying to decide whether to discontinue selling magazines. ...

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The owner of a small convenience store is trying to decide whether to discontinue selling magazines. He suspects that only 5% of the customers buy a magazine and thinks that he might be able to use the display space to sell something more profitable. Before making a final decision he decides that for one day he'll keep track of the number of customers and whether or not they buy a magazine.

Assuming the owner is correct in thinking that 5% of the customers purchase magazines, how many customers should he expect before someone buys a magazine?
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## Stats: Modeling the World

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 The owner of a small convenience store is trying to decide whether to discontinue selling magazines. He suspects that only 5% of the customers buy a magazine and thinks that he might be able to use the display space to sell something more profitable. Before making a final decision he decides that for one day he'll keep track of the number of customers and whether or not they buy a magazine.What is the probability that he does not sell a magazine until the 8th customer? Show work.
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 Using the Geometric model, Geom(0.05):P(number of customers = 8) = (0.95)7(0.05) = 0.035
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 The owner of a small convenience store is trying to decide whether to discontinue selling magazines. He suspects that only 5% of the customers buy a magazine and thinks that he might be able to use the display space to sell something more profitable. Before making a final decision he decides that for one day he'll keep track of the number of customers and whether or not they buy a magazine.What is the probability that exactly 2 of the first 10 customers buy magazines? Show work.
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 Using the Binomial model, Binom(10, 0.05)P(2 of 10 customers buy magazines) = (0.05)2(0.95)8 = 0.075
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 The owner of a small convenience store is trying to decide whether to discontinue selling magazines. He suspects that only 5% of the customers buy a magazine and thinks that he might be able to use the display space to sell something more profitable. Before making a final decision he decides that for one day he'll keep track of the number of customers and whether or not they buy a magazine.He had 280 customers that day. Assuming this day was typical for his store, what would be the mean and standard deviation of the number of customers who buy magazines each day?
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 μ = (280)(0.05) = 14 σ= = 3.65
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 The owner of a small convenience store is trying to decide whether to discontinue selling magazines. He suspects that only 5% of the customers buy a magazine and thinks that he might be able to use the display space to sell something more profitable. Before making a final decision he decides that for one day he'll keep track of the number of customers and whether or not they buy a magazine.Surprised by the high number of customers who purchased magazines that day, the owner decided that his 5% estimate must have been too low. How many magazine sales would it have taken to convince you? Justify your answer.
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 Since np = 14 and nq = 266, we expect at least 10 successes and at least 10 failures.  The sample size is large enough to apply a Normal model.  It would be unusual to see sales more than 2 (or 3) standard deviations above the anticipated mean.  Since 14 + 2(3.65) = 21.3 (or 14 + 3(3.65) = 24.95), I would conclude the 5% estimate was probably too low if 22 (25) customers or more bought magazines.