Negative Binomial Distribution Calculator with Examples

Negative Binomial Distribution Calculator

This calculator is used to find the probability and cumulative probabilities for negative binomial random variable given the number of successes ($r$) and probability of success ($p$).

Negative Binomial Distribution Calculator
Number of successes (r):
Probability of success (p):
Number of failures (x):
Result
Probability : P(X = x)
Cumulative Probability : P(X ≤ x)
Cumulative Probability : P(X < x)
Cumulative Probability : P(X ≥ x)
Cumulative Probability : P(X > x)

How to find Negative Binomial Distribution Probabilities?

Step 1 - Enter the number of sucesses $r$

Step 2 - Enter the probability of success $p$

Step 3 - Enter the value of $x$

Step 4 - Click on "Calculate" button to get negative binomial distribution probabilities

Step 5 - Gives the output probability at $x$ for negative binomial distribution

Step 6 - Gives the output cumulative probabilities for negative binomial distribution

Definition of Negative Binomial Distribution

A discrete random variable $X$ is said to have negative binomial distribution if its p.m.f. is given by

$$ \begin{aligned} P(X=x)&=& \binom{x+r-1}{r-1} p^{r} q^{x},\quad x=0,1,2,\ldots; r=1,2,\ldots\\ & & \qquad\qquad \qquad 0 < p, q < 1, p+q=1. \end{aligned} $$

Mean of Negative Binomial Distribution

The mean of negative binomial distribution is $\dfrac{rq}{p}$.

Variance of Negative Binomial Distribution

The variance of negative binomial distribution is $\dfrac{rq}{p^2}$.

Negative Binomial Distribution Example 1

A large lot of tires contains 5% defectives. 4 tires are to be chosen for a car.

a. Find the probability that you find 2 defective tires before 4 good ones.

b. Find the probability that you find at most 2 defective tires before 4 good ones.

b. Find the mean and variance of the number of defective tires you find before finding 4 good tires.

Solution

Let $X$ denote the number of defective tires you find before you find 4 good tires. A large lot of tires contains 5% defectives. So the probability of good tire is $p=0.95$.

The random variable $X\sim NB(4, 0.95)$.

The probability mass function of $X$ is

$$ \begin{aligned} P(X=x)&= \binom{x+4-1}{x} (0.95)^{4} (0.05)^{x},\quad x=0,1,2,\ldots\\ &= \binom{x+3}{x} (0.95)^{4} (0.05)^{x},\quad x=0,1,2,\ldots \end{aligned} $$

negative binomial pmf
negative binomial pmf

a. The probability that you find 2 defective tires before 4 good tires is

$$ \begin{aligned} P(X=2)&= \binom{2+3}{2} (0.95)^{4} (0.05)^{2}\\ &= \binom{5}{2} (0.8145)\times (0.0025)\\ &= 10*(0.00204)\\ &= 0.0204 \end{aligned} $$

b. The probability that you at most 2 defective tires before 4 good tires is

$$ \begin{aligned} P(X\leq 2)&=\sum_{x=0}^{2}P(X=x)\\ &= P(X=0)+P(X=1)+P(X=2)\\ &= \binom{0+3}{0} (0.95)^{4} (0.05)^{0}+\binom{1+3}{1} (0.95)^{4} (0.05)^{1}\\ &\quad +\binom{2+3}{2} (0.95)^{4} (0.05)^{2}\\ &= 1*(0.8145)+4*(0.04073)+10*(0.00204)\\ &= 0.8145+0.1629+0.0204\\ &=0.9978 \end{aligned} $$

c. The mean of the number of defective tires you find before finding 4 good tires is

$$ \begin{aligned} E(X) &= \frac{rq}{p}\\ &= \frac{4*0.05}{0.95}\\ &= 0.2105. \end{aligned} $$
The variance of the number of defective tires you find before finding 4 good tires is

$$ \begin{aligned} V(X) &= \frac{rq}{p^2}\\ &= \frac{4*0.05}{0.95^2}\\ &= 0.2216. \end{aligned} $$

Negative Binomial Distribution Example 2

The probability of male birth is 0.5. A couple wishes to have children until they have exactly two female children in
their family.

a. Write the probability distribution of $X$, the number of male children before two female children.
b. What is the probability that the family has four children?
c. What is the probability that the family has at most four children?
d. What is the expected number of male children this family have?
e. What is the expected number of children this family have?

Solution

A couple wishes to have children until they have exactly two female children in their family.

Birth of female child is consider as success and birth of male child is consider as failure. The probability of male birth is $q=0.5$. So the probability of female birth is $p=1-q=0.5$.

The number of female children (successes) $r=2$.

Here $X$ denote the number of male children before two female children. Then the random variable $X$ follows a negative binomial distribution $NB(2,0.5)$.

a. The probability distribution of $X$ (number of male children before two female children) is

$$ \begin{aligned} P(X=x)&= \binom{x+2-1}{x} (0.5)^{2} (0.5)^{x},\quad x=0,1,2,\ldots\\ &= \binom{x+1}{x} (0.5)^{2} (0.5)^{x},\quad x=0,1,2,\ldots \end{aligned} $$

negative binomial pmf
negative binomial pmf

b. The family has four children means 2 male and 2 female. Thus probability that a family has four children is same as probability that a family has 2 male children before 2 female children.

$$ \begin{aligned} P(X=2) & = \frac{(2+1)!}{1!2!}(0.5)^{2}(0.5)^{2} \\ & = 0.1875 \end{aligned} $$

c. The family has at the most four children means $X$ is less than or equal to 2. Thus, the probability that a family has at the most four children is

$$ \begin{aligned} P(X\leq 2) & = \sum_{x=0}^{2} P(X=x)\\ & = p(0) + p(1) + p(2)\\ & = 0.25+ 0.25+0.1875\\ &= 0.6875 \end{aligned} $$

where

$$ \begin{aligned} p(0) & = \frac{(0+1)!}{1!0!}(0.5)^{2}(0.5)^{0}\\ & = 0.25. \end{aligned} $$

$$ \begin{aligned} p(1) & = \frac{(1+1)!}{1!1!}(0.5)^{2}(0.5)^{1}\\ & = 0.25. \end{aligned} $$

$$ \begin{aligned} p(2) & = \frac{(2+1)!}{1!2!}(0.5)^{2}(0.5)^{2}\\ & = 0.1875. \end{aligned} $$

d. The expected number of male children is

$$ \begin{aligned} E(X)& = \frac{rq}{p}\\ & = \frac{2\times0.5}{0.5}\\ & = 2 \end{aligned} $$
e. The expected number of children is

$$ \begin{aligned} E(X+2)& = E(X) + 2\\ &= 2+2\\ &=4. \end{aligned} $$

Conclusion

In this tutorial, you learned about how to calculate mean, variance and probabilities of negative binomial distribution. You also learned about how to solve numerical problems based on negative binomial distribution.

To read more about the step by step tutorial on negative binomial distribution refer the link Negative Binomial Distribution. This tutorial will help you to understand negative binomial distribution and you will learn how to derive mean of negative binomial distribution, variance of negative binomial distribution, moment generating function and other properties of negative binomial distribution.

To learn more about other discrete probability distributions, please refer to the following tutorial:

Probability distributions

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