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# ST102

Elementary Statistical Theory
Revision lectures – Michaelmas Term material
Dr James Abdey

Department of Statistics
London School of Economics and Political Science

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Examination arrangements
Thursday, May 22nd 2014, 10:00–13:00.

for You (published by week 1 of ST), in case of (extremely unlikely)
changes to the date and time.
In the examination, you will be provided with:

Murdoch and Barnes: Statistical Tables, 4th edition.

The only tables from this that you will (may) need are for the
standard normal, t, χ
2
, F and Wilcoxon distributions. These tables
are also on the ST102 Moodle site, so make sure you are familiar with
their layout.

A formula sheet (at the end of the examination paper). This is also
on the ST102 Moodle site.
For general administrative matters on examinations see:
http://www2.lse.ac.uk/intranet/students/registrationTimetablesAssessment/
examinationsAndResults/examTimetables/ExamTimetable.aspx
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A word on calculators
You can also use a scientiﬁc calculator, as prescribed by examination
procedures.
The rubric on the front of the examination paper will say:
‘Scientiﬁc calculators are permitted in the examination, as prescribed
by the School’s regulations. If you have a programmable calculator,
you must delete anything stored in the memory in the presence of an
invigilator at the start of the examination.’
In short, graphics calculators are permitted (the graphics capability
will be of no beneﬁt in the examination). However, any
programmable memory must be re-set in the presence of an
invigilator at the start of the examination.
Although many statistical calculations can be performed on scientiﬁc
booklet.
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Structure of the examination paper
The question paper contains seven questions, all given equal weight
(20 marks each).
Section A: two compulsory questions; Section B: ﬁve questions.
Answer both questions from Section A, and three questions from
Section B.
If you answer more than three questions from Section B, only your
best 3 answers will count towards the ﬁnal mark. However, you are
strongly advised to only attempt 3 questions from Section B to
make eﬃcient use of your time.
Each question in each section could cover any part of the syllabus.
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Structure of the examination paper
The ﬁnal mark is out of 100.
Pass mark for the examination is 40.
Important note: Re-sit candidates only will sit the ‘old’
examination paper structure which was in place in the 2012–13
academic year. All past examination papers on Moodle have the
‘old’ structure.
A specimen 2014 examination paper with the ‘new’ structure is also
available on Moodle.
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Notes on examination ‘tactics’
Make sure you do not miss out on any marks that you can get!

i.e. try to give time to all questions you attempt, and not to get
stuck on any single question.
Some (parts of) questions are entirely standard and straightforward,
some are more challenging. So try to make sure you do not miss out
on the standard ones at least, bearing in mind that:

The questions are not in order of diﬃculty.

Parts of questions (e.g. 1(a), 1(b), . . .) are not in order of diﬃculty.

Questions may be answered in any order but keep answers to each
Remember that partial credit is given for partially correct answers.
The only guaranteed way to get a 0 is an empty answer book!
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Preparing for the examination
Only the topics covered in the lecture notes are included in the
examination

... except for the ‡ topics in MT, and others (if any) that may be
explicitly stated as not examinable, mainly LT after Section 6.10 and
Section 7 on ANOVA.
Among these topics, all are potentially examinable.

However, some are, of course, more central than others, and more
likely to turn up in the examination.

Use the lecture notes, exercises and (especially) recent examination
papers to form an idea of which topics are most prominent in this
respect, and to decide which ones to give most weight to in your
preparation.
Also read the textbook on these topics, if it helps you.
Substantive queries about the material are best posted in Moodle
Q&A forum (so everyone can read the response).
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Past examination papers
Most relevant are papers from 2008 onwards (including the 2008
mock).
Older examination papers exist, but...

they include further topics that are no longer covered

the solutions are not always complete and contain some errors

the style of the questions is generally diﬀerent from more recent ones.
https://library-2.lse.ac.uk/protected-exam/index.html
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The rest of today
Outline of the most important topics and results from MT.

You should deﬁnitely at least remember these!

In the examination you can take these results as known and use them,
unless told otherwise (i.e. unless a question explicitly asks you to
prove some of them).
Examples of common types of questions, from past examinations.

If you suspect any typos or errors in the solutions, please query them
in the Moodle Q&A forum.
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Key topics covered in MT
1. Descriptive statistics

Not often separate examination questions, but some of these (e.g.
¯
X
and S
2
) appear in other questions.
2. Set theory and counting rules (used in probability questions).
3. Probability: deﬁnition, classical probability, independence,
conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem.
4. Random variables: deﬁnition, pf/pdf and cdf, expected values and
variances, medians, moment generating functions.
5. Common probability distributions: discrete and continuous uniform,
Poisson, binomial, exponential and normal.
6. Multivariate probability distributions: independence of random
variables, conditional and marginal distributions, sums and products
of random variables, covariance and correlation.
7. Sampling distributions: random (IID) samples, statistics and their
sampling distributions, the central limit theorem.
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Set theory
Basic rules of set-theoretic operations:
A ∩ B = B ∩ A and A ∪ B = B ∪ A
A ∩ (B ∩ C) = (A ∩ B) ∩ C and A ∪ (B ∪ C) = (A ∪ B) ∪ C
A∩(B ∪C) = (A∩B) ∪(A∩C) and A∪(B ∩C) = (A∪B) ∩(A∪C)
(A ∩ B)
c
= A
c
∪ B
c
and (A ∪ B)
c
= A
c
∩ B
c
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Set theory
Let S be the sample space and A ⊂ S. Then:
∅ ⊂ A and ∅
c
= S
A ∩ ∅ = ∅ and A ∪ ∅ = A
A ∩ S = A and A ∪ S = S
A ∩ A
c
= ∅ and A ∪ A
c
= S
A ∩ A = A and A ∪ A = A
(For these and other similar results, see slides 122–123.)
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Counting rules
Remember that in ‘classical probability’ problems, where all
outcomes are equally likely, probability calculations involve counting
outcomes (see slides 141–142).
See slide 155 for the basic counting formulae.
Counting possibilities directly (without the formulae) is also ﬁne, if
you can do it (i.e. in small problems).
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Probability: deﬁnition and key properties
See slide 128 for the axioms of probability.
The basic properties of the probability function P (slide 136):
P(S) = 1 and P(∅) = 0.
0 ≤ P(A) ≤ 1 for all events A.
P(A
c
) = 1 −P(A).
P(A ∪ B) = P(A) + P(B) −P(A ∩ B).
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Some crucial results and deﬁnitions
Independence: A and B are independent if P(A∩B) = P(A)P(B)

and if A
1
, A
2
, . . . , A
n
are independent, then
P(A
1
∩ A
2
∩ · · · ∩ A
n
) = P(A
1
)P(A
2
) · · · P(A
n
).
Conditional probability:
P(A| B) =
P(A ∩ B)
P(B)
, provided P(B) > 0.
Multiplication rule: P(A ∩ B) = P(A| B)P(B) and its extensions
(see slide 181–182).
If A
1
, A
2
, . . . , A
n
form a partition of the sample space (see slide
124):

Total probability formula: P(B) =
n

j =1
P(B | A
j
)P(A
j
)

Bayes’ theorem:
P(A
i
| B) =
P(B | A
i
)P(A
i
)
P(B)
=
P(B | A
i
)P(A
i
)
n

j =1
P(B | A
j
)P(A
j
)
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Example question
Question: A, B and C are independent events. Prove that A and
(B ∪ C) are independent.
Solution: Using rules for set-theoretic operations and basic properties of
probability:
P[A ∩ (B ∪ C)]
= P[(A ∩ B) ∪ (A ∩ C)]
= P(A ∩ B) + P(A ∩ C) −P[(A ∩ B) ∩ (A ∩ C)]
= P(A ∩ B) + P(A ∩ C) −P(A ∩ B ∩ C)
= P(A)P(B) + P(A)P(C) −P(A)P(B)P(C)
= P(A)[P(B) + P(C) −P(B)P(C)]
= P(A)[P(B) + P(C) −P(B ∩ C)] = P(A)P(B ∪ C)
and thus A ⊥⊥ (B ∪ C).
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Example question
Question: If a committee of three persons is to be formed from a group
of ﬁve men and four women, what is the probability that at least two of
the committee are women, given that there is at least one woman on the
committee?
Solution: Let A = ‘There are at least two women on the committee’ and
B = ‘There is at least one woman on the committee’. Note that A ⊂ B,
so A ∩ B = A. Calculate ﬁrst:
P(No women on the committee) =
_
5
3
_
/
_
9
3
_
= 10/84
P(One woman on the committee) =
__
5
2
__
4
1
__
/
_
9
3
_
= 40/84
Then P(B) = 1 −10/84 = 74/84, P(A) = 1 −[10/84 +40/84] = 34/84,
and
P(A| B) =
P(A ∩ B)
P(B)
=
P(A)
P(B)
=
34
74
= 0.4595.
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Example question
Question: We know that 3% of the population have a particular heart
condition. A screening test has a 70% chance of identifying the condition
if it is present, but has a 20% chance of recording a positive result when
it is not. Evaluate the probability that a patient who gets a positive test
result actually has the condition.
Solution: Let H = ‘Person has the condition’ and D = ‘Test is positive’.
Then P(H) = 0.03, P(H
c
) = 0.97, P(D | H) = 0.7 and P(D | H
c
) = 0.2.
Using Bayes’ theorem, we get:
P(H | D) =
P(D | H)P(H)
P(D)
=
P(D | H)P(H)
P(D | H)P(H) + P(D | H
c
)P(H
c
)
=
0.7 ×0.03
0.7 ×0.03 + 0.2 ×0.97
=
0.021
0.021 + 0.194
= 0.098.
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Probability distributions of random variables
Suppose X is a continuous random variable, f (x) is its probability density
function (pdf) and F(x) is its cumulative distribution function (cdf). Key
results for these:
pdf must satisfy (i.) f (x) ≥ 0 for all x, and (ii.)
_

−∞
f (x) d(x) = 1.
F(x) = P(X ≤ x) =
_
x
−∞
f (t) dt.
P(a < X ≤ b) = F(b) −F(a) =
_
b
a
f (x) d(x) for any a ≤ b.
F

(x) = f (x).
Similar results, except for the last one, also hold for the cdf and
probability function p(x) = P(X = x) of a discrete random variable (with
integration replaced by summation over the possible values of X).
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Expected values, variances and medians
For a continuous random variable X, we have:
E(X) =
_

−∞
xf (x) dx
E[g(X)] =
_

−∞
g(x)f (x) dx for any function g
Var(X) = E[(X −E(X))
2
] =
_

−∞
(x −E(X))
2
f (x) dx
= E(X
2
) −(E(X))
2
F(m) = 0.5
where m denotes the median of X.
Similar deﬁnitions for a discrete random variable, with sums instead of
integrals (and a modiﬁed deﬁnition of the median, see slide 288).
Expected values and variances of sums and products of random variables:
see slide 433.
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Moment generating functions
The moment generating function (mgf) of a continuous r.v. X is:
M
X
(t) = E(e
tX
) =
_

−∞
e
tx
f (x) dx.
For discrete random variables, integration is replaced by summation, and
f (x) by p(x).
In both cases:
M

X
(0) = E(X)
and M

X
(0) = E(X
2
)
which also gives:
Var(X) = E(X
2
) −(E(X))
2
= M

X
(0) −(M

X
(0))
2
.
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Example question
Question: The weights, in kilograms, of a certain species of ﬁsh caught
oﬀ the coast of Cornwall have a continuous distribution well-described by
the probability density function:
f (x) =
_
c(6x −x
2
−5) 1 ≤ x ≤ 5
0 otherwise.
(a) Determine the value of the constant c; (b) Derive the cumulative
distribution function and evaluate the median and expected value of X.
Solution: This very common type of question requires integration. In an
examination answer you must show the intermediate steps of the
integration, even though they are omitted here for brevity.
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Example question
Solution continued: (a) Here:
_

−∞
f (x) dx = c
_
5
1
(6x −x
2
−5) dx = c ×32/3
and since the integral must be 1, we have x = 3/32.
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Example question
Solution continued: (b) We have:
_
x
1
(3/32)(6t −t
2
−5) dt = (9x
2
−x
3
−15x + 7)/32
so:
F(x) =
_
¸
_
¸
_
0 for x < 1
(9x
2
−x
3
−15x + 7)/32 for 1 ≤ x ≤ 5
1 for x > 5.
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Example question
Solution (b) continued:
The median m is the solution to F(m) = 0.5.
Since you cannot solve this third-degree equation directly, there must be
another way.
Since the expected value E(X) = 3 is exactly half-way between 1 and 5,
you might guess that this is because the distribution is symmetric around
3. If this is the case, the median is also equal to 3. Direct calculation
then shows that indeed F(3) = 0.5, so m = 3.
(This reminds us that in any question some parts may be routine, while
others may involve a twist!)
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Example question
Solution (b) continued:
The expected value is given by:
E(X) =
_

−∞
xf (x) dx = (3/32)
_
5
1
x(6x −x
2
−5) dx = 3
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Common probability distributions
You should memorise, and can then use, the pf/pdf, cdf, mean, variance
and median (if given) of the following distributions:
Binomial
Poisson
Discrete and continuous uniform
Exponential
Normal.
If any other distribution is used in a question, you will be given formulae
for them (or asked to derive them, as part of the question).
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Common discrete distributions
Poisson distribution for counts x = 0, 1, 2, . . . .
Binomial distribution for the number x of ‘successes’ out of n trials.
Common type of question: calculate probabilities or expected values
for these distributions, given some value of their parameters.
For the binomial distribution with large n, the normal approximation
is often used:

i.e. Bin(n, π) is approximately N(nπ, nπ(1 −π)) (see slide 377)

the table of the standard normal distribution is then used

then remember to include the continuity correction (see slide 379).
Remember also results for sums of independent binomial and
Poisson random variables: see slide 443.
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The normal distribution
For a normal distribution X ∼ N(µ, σ
2
), it is important to remember (in
addition to the pdf, mean E(X) = µ and variance Var(X) = σ
2
) that:
Linear combinations and sums of normally distributed random
variables are also normally distributed (see slide 445).
In particular, the standardised variable
Z =
X −µ
σ
∼ N(0, 1)
With standardisation, calculations of probabilities for any normal
distribution can be transformed into calculations for a standard
normal [N(0, 1)] distribution.
The normal distribution tables that you have in the examination
show values of 1 −Φ(z) = P(Z > z) of the standard normal
distribution.

You should know how to do these calculations (see slides 365–376 for
the rules and examples).
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Example question
Question: In the construction of a certain assembly, four rods of length
X
1
, X
2
, X
3
and X
4
are connected end-to-end to form a composite rod to
span a gap of width Y. To function satisfactorily the length of the
composite rod must exceed the size of the gap by not less than 0.10 cm.
The lengths X
1
, X
2
, X
3
and X
4
are independently normally distributed
with mean 4.0 cm and variance 0.015 cm. Y is also normally distributed
with mean 15.94 cm and variance 0.024 cm, independently of the lengths
of the rods.
Find the probability that the assembly is satisfactorily formed at the ﬁrst
attempt. Out of 10 independent composite rods, what is the probability
that two and only two are satisfactory?
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Example question
Solution: Let C = X
1
+ X
2
+ X
3
+ X
4
be the length of the composite
rod.
Then C is also normally distributed with mean 4 ×4.0 = 16.0 and
variance 4 ×0.015 = 0.06.
Since Y ∼ N(15.94, 0.024) independently of C, the diﬀerence is also
normally distributed with:
D = C −Y ∼ N(16.0 −15.94, 0.06 + 0.024) = N(0.06, 0.084).
The probability we need is:
P(D ≥ 0.1) = P
_
D −0.06

0.084

0.1 −0.06

0.084
_
= P(Z ≥ 0.14) = 1 −Φ(0.14) = 0.4443
where Z ∼ N(0, 1).
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Example question
Solution continued: For the second part of the question, let X now
denote the number of satisfactory rods out of 10 independent rods.
Then X ∼ Bin(10, 0.4443). The probability we need is
P(X = 2) =
_
10
2
_
×(0.4443)
2
×(1 −0.4443)
8
= 45 ×(0.4443)
2
×(1 −0.4443)
8
= 0.081.
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Multivariate distributions
If random variables X
1
, X
2
, . . . , X
n
are independent, the pf/pdf of
their joint distribution is the product of their univariate marginal
pfs/pdfs (see slides 426–430).
Key concepts for the general (possibly non-independent) case were
introduced mainly in the context of a bivariate discrete random
variable (X, Y):

Marginal distributions (see slides 395–396):
p
X
(x) =

y
p(x, y) and p
Y
(y) =

x
p(x, y)

Conditional distributions, for example (see slide 404):
p
Y | X
(y | x) = P(Y = y | X = x) =
P(X = x and Y = y)
P(X = x)
=
p(x, y)
p
X
(x)
Covariance and correlation: measures of association between any
two random variables (see slides 415–419).
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Example question
Question: The table below speciﬁes the joint probability distribution of
the random variables X and Y:
X
−1 0 1
−1 0.05 0.15 0.10 0.30
Y 0 0.10 0.05 0.25 0.40
1 0.10 0.05 0.15 0.30
0.25 0.25 0.50 1
(a) Identify the marginal distribution of Y, and the conditional
distribution of X | Y = 1.
(b) Evaluate the covariance of X and Y.
(c) Are X and Y independent?
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Example question
Solution: (a) Conveniently, the summation to give the marginal
distribution p
Y
(y) is already included in the table. So:
p
Y
(−1) = 0.30, p
Y
(0) = 0.40, p
Y
(1) = 0.30
and p
Y
(y) = 0 for all other y.
The conditional pf is:
p
X | Y
(x | Y = 1) = p
X,Y
(x, 1)/p
Y
(1) = p
X,Y
(x, 1)/0.30
i.e.
p
X | Y
(−1 | Y = 1) = 0.10/0.30 = 0.33
p
X | Y
(0 | Y = 1) = 0.05/0.30 = 0.17
p
X | Y
(1 | Y = 1) = 0.15/0.30 = 0.50
and p
X | Y
(x | 1) = 0 for all other x.
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Example question
Solution: (b) First we need the marginal expected values:
E(Y) =

y
yp
Y
(y) = −1 ×0.30 + 0 ×0.40 + 1 ×0.30 = 0
and E(X) = 0.25, similarly. We also need:
E(XY) =

x

y
xyp
X,Y
(x, y)
= −1 ×(0.10 + 0.10) + 1 ×(0.05 + 0.15) + 0 = 0
so
Cov(X, Y) = E(XY) −E(X)E(Y) = 0 −0.25 · 0 = 0.
(c) Even though the covariance is 0, X and Y are not independent. For
example, p
X
(1)p
Y
(0) = 0.20 = 0.25 = p
X,Y
(1, 0). Therefore it is not the
case that p
X,Y
(x, y) = p
X
(x)p
Y
(y) for all x, y.
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Sampling distributions
Random sample from a distribution f (x; θ): Random variables
X
1
, X
2
, . . . , X
n
which are independent and each has the same
distribution f (x, θ) (see slide 454)

i.e. n independent and identically distributed (IID) random variables.
A statistic is a function of the variables in the sample which does
not depend on unknown parameters (i.e. its value in a sample can
be calculated when a sample is observed) (see slide 458).
A statistic is a random variable. Its distribution is the sampling
distribution of the statistic (see slide 459).
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Sampling distribution of the sample mean
Consider a random sample X
1
, . . . , X
n
from a distribution with mean
E(X
i
) = µ and variance Var(X
i
) = σ
2
.
For the sampling distribution of
¯
X =
n

i =1
X
i
/n, the mean and
variance are always E(
¯
X) = µ and Var(
¯
X) = σ
2
/n, rsepectively.
About the shape of the sampling distribution we know the following:

If the X
i
s are normally distributed:
¯
X ∼ N(µ, σ
2
/n) (1)

Even when X
i
are not normally distributed, (1) holds approximately
when n is large enough. This is the central limit theorem (CLT)
(see slides 475–477).
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Sampling distribution of the sample mean
A common application is when X
i
∼ Bin(1, π).
Let S =
n

i =1
X
i
, which is distributed as S ∼ Bin(n, π).
Then
¯
X = S/n = ˆ π is the sample proportion of observations with
value X
i
= 1.
The CLT then says that approximately:
ˆ π ∼ N(π, π(1 −π)/n).
This also implies that approximately:
S = nπ ∼ N(nπ, nπ(1 −π)).
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Example question
Question: A random sample of 100 individuals is telephoned and asked
various questions. One of the questions was ‘Do you consider that in
general the products for sale in AB Stores are of high quality?’. Suppose
the percentage in the general population who believe that the products
are of high quality is 30%. Let S denote the number of people in the
sample who answer ‘Yes’ to the question. Evaluate P(S ≤ 25).
Solution: Here the 100 individual responses are a random sample from
the distribution X
i
∼ Bin(1, 0.3), so S ∼ Bin(100, 0.3).
Let Y ∼ N(100 ×0.3, 100 ×0.3 ×0.7) = N(30, 21).
Here it is useful to use a continuity correction in the calculation, so:
P(S ≤ 25) = P(Y ≤ 25.5) = P
_
Y −30

21

25.5 −30

21
_
= P(Z ≤ −0.98) = 0.1635
(where Z ∼ N(0, 1)), using the table of the standard normal distribution.
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