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A man takes a forward step with probability 0.8 and backward step with probability 0.2. What is the probability that at the end of 9 steps he is exactly three steps away from the starting point;
A man takes a forward step with probability 0.8 and backward step with probability 0.2. What is the probability that at the end of 9 steps he is exactly three steps away from the starting point;

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one year ago

Arun
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```							One step away means a step forward or a step backward=> either he took 6 forward steps and 5 backward steps or 6backward steps and 5 forward steps=> reqd. probability= 11C6 * (0.4)^6 * (0.5)^5 + 11C6 * (0.4)^5 * (0.6)^5= 11C5 * (0.4)^5 * (0.6)^5 * (0.4 + 0.6) ... [11C6 = 11C5]= (11x10x9x8x7)/(1x2x3x4x5) * (0.24)^5= 0.368.
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