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Date Submitted 
Date Corrected 
Printed 
Page xxxvi
Final sentence left column 
Should be "her" instead of "my"

Dawn Griffiths 
Feb 09, 2009 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page p112
The last term on the third line should be mu squared rather than 

Anonymous 

Sep 01, 2008 
Printed 
Page p177
Major change to the page as follows 
1st para: Change the formula to
P(Game2Satisfied) = P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2)

P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2) + P(Game1
P(SatisfiedGame1)
2nd para starting "We've been told..." leave as it is.
3rd para redo: The next thing we need to find is P(Game1)
P(SatisfiedGame1). We've been told that P(Satisfied Game1) = 0.6, and
also that P(Game1) = 0.8. This means that
P(Game1) P(SatisfiedGame1) = 0.8 x 0.6
= 0.48
4th para redo the calculations:
P(Game2Satisfied) = P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2)

P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2) + P(Game1)
P(SatisfiedGame1)
= 0.14

0.14 + 0.48
= 0.14

0.62
= 0.226

Anonymous 

Sep 01, 2008 
Printed 
Page p112
The last term on the third line should be mu squared rather than 

Anonymous 

Sep 01, 2008 
Printed 
Page p177
Major change to the page as follows 
1st para: Change the formula to
P(Game2Satisfied) = P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2)

P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2) + P(Game1
P(SatisfiedGame1)
2nd para starting "We've been told..." leave as it is.
3rd para redo: The next thing we need to find is P(Game1)
P(SatisfiedGame1). We've been told that P(Satisfied Game1) = 0.6, and
also that P(Game1) = 0.8. This means that
P(Game1) P(SatisfiedGame1) = 0.8 x 0.6
= 0.48
4th para redo the calculations:
P(Game2Satisfied) = P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2)

P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2) + P(Game1)
P(SatisfiedGame1)
= 0.14

0.14 + 0.48
= 0.14

0.62
= 0.226

Anonymous 

Sep 01, 2008 
Printed 
Page 8
4th paragraph 
Typo error  should be "showing" and NOT "showingg".

Anonymous 
Apr 15, 2009 

Printed 
Page 37,38
bottom (graph) 
The x axis for the graphs are shown as 'Hours', shouldn't it be 'Age Group'?

Anonymous 
Oct 23, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 61
Table 
data set on p61 is miscopied from p55
Note from the Author or Editor: First set of numbers should reflect data for the Kung Fu class on page 55 i.e.
19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 21 21 21 145 147
For the second set of numbers, replace 100 with 145 and 102 with 147.

Anonymous 
Oct 08, 2008 

Safari Books Online 
80
Mode Answer to section b 
$10000 x 1.1 = $11000 not $12000 as the book states

Anonymous 
Oct 22, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 112
Third line of puzzle solution 
I think the last term of the expression on the third line of the puzzle solution should have "mu" squared instead of "x" squared.

Anonymous 
Sep 04, 2008 
Sep 01, 2008 
Printed 
Page 177
everywhere 
Wrong use of Baye's theorem.
in the denominator P(Game2)P(DissatisfiedGame2) should be replaced with P(Game1)P(SatisfiedGame1) and all the calculations should be corrected accordingly.
Note from the Author or Editor: Major change to the page as follows:
1st para: Change the formula to
P(Game2Satisfied) = P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2)

P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2) + P(Game1
P(SatisfiedGame1)
2nd para starting "We've been told..." leave as it is.
3rd para redo: The next thing we need to find is P(Game1)
P(SatisfiedGame1). We've been told that P(Satisfied Game1) = 0.6, and
also that P(Game1) = 0.8. This means that
P(Game1) P(SatisfiedGame1) = 0.8 x 0.6
= 0.48
4th para redo the calculations:
P(Game2Satisfied) = P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2)

P(Game2) P(SatisfiedGame2) + P(Game1)
P(SatisfiedGame1)
= 0.14

0.14 + 0.48
= 0.14

0.62
= 0.226

Anonymous 
Sep 30, 2008 
Sep 01, 2008 
Printed 
Page 179
Last question: "How useful is Bayes Theorem in real life 
The question is not written in bold.
Note from the Author or Editor: The last question of the NDQs should have a paragraph style of Element_NDQ_Question.

Benjamin Poulain 
Apr 04, 2009 

Printed 
Page 202
1st paragraph second sentence. 
The middle of the sentence should read ", which is a variable that can take on a set of values," instead of ", which is a variable that can takes on a set of values,".

Anonymous 
Dec 25, 2010 

Printed 
Page 206
6th paragraph (about in the middle of the page) 
replace:
"...variance of X, we calculating..."
with:
"...variance of X, we are calculating..."

Anonymous 
Sep 24, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 233
bullket points, the point on the lower right of the page 
the exponents of 'a' and 'b' in the expressions of the Variance are printed in normal size text
Note from the Author or Editor: In the last line of the final bullet point, the 2's should be exponents. The formatting should be the same as on page 232.

Anonymous 
Sep 24, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 244
"Sharpen your pencil" part 
instead of 3500 (prize) you should use 3500  500 = 3000 (expected gain)
Note from the Author or Editor: Add text "Assume you get your $500 wager back if you win" to the Sharpen Your Pencil exercise and solution on pages 243/244.

Anonymous 
Sep 30, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 244
Sharpen Your Pencil Solution 
The only error I think I've found so far (only on page 244), is in
your "Sharpen Your Pencil". At the bottom it says "We can expect
to win $168 each time this race is won.". I think you mean to
say that $168 is expected ever time it is RUN. So, semantics if
you will. It is probably okay as WON, but I think it is better
as RUN.

Anonymous 
Nov 10, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 256
excercise solution, solution number 2 
the final result is not 252 but 2520
Note from the Author or Editor: The final result for question 2 should be 2520 not 252.

Anonymous 
Sep 24, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 256
bottom 
The last part is wrong too as a result of the previous error.
So it's not 60/252 = 5/21.
It should be 60/2520 = 1/42.
Ho hum.
Note from the Author or Editor: The final sentence should read "The probability of all 5 camels finishing together is therefore 60/2520 = 1/42."

Anonymous 
Oct 29, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 334
dumb questions, central column, bottom question 
at the lower end of the answer replace:
"...you want string that 10 inches..."
with:
"...you want a string that is 10 inches..."

Anonymous 
Sep 24, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 364
second row in the text 
replace:
"...and groom are distriuted."
with:
"...and groom are distributed."

Anonymous 
Sep 24, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 378
2n Dumb Question 
In the answer to the second question replace:
"...because it make a difference..."
with:
"...because it makes a difference..."

Anonymous 
Sep 24, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 389, 398, 411
see description 
When approximating the Binomial Distribution using the Normal Distribution, should it be "nq > 5", or "npq > 5"? There appears to be a discrepancy between pages.
Pg. 389... 3rd para + Vital Statistics (says nq > 5)
Pg. 398... 1st para in last A of Q&A (says nq > 5)
Pg. 411... Exercise Soln under Condition column for Situation "Normal approximation of X, X ~ B(n,p)" (says npq > 5)
Note from the Author or Editor: Page 411 5th condition needs to be changed to say nq > 5 instead of npq > 5.

Anonymous 
Dec 29, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 399
Pool puzzle 
for each dscrete probability > for each discrete probability

Anonymous 
Jan 05, 2009 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 402
excercise solution 
We said that X~B(40,0.25), so n=40, p=0.25 and q=0.75
this means that Variance=npq=40*0.25*0.75=7.5
so we can approximate X distribution as: X~N(10,7.5).
the standard score for x=29.5 is:
29.5  10
z==7.1
sqrt(7.5)
Note from the Author or Editor: The solution on page 402 needs to be changed as follows:

If X is the number of questions we get right, then we want to find P(X >= 30) where X ~ B(40, 0.25).
As np and nq are both greater than 5, it's appropriate for us to use the normal distribution to approximate this probability. np = 10 and npq = 7.5, which means we need to find P(X > 29.5) where X ~ N(10, 7.5).
Let's start by finding the standard score.
z = x  μ

σ
= 29.5  10

sqrt(7.5)
= 19.5

2.74
= 7.1
Looking up 7.116 in probability tables gives is a probability that's very close to 1. This means that
P(X > 29.5) = 1  1
= 0
Thought bubble:

The first sentence of the thought bubble should read "So, looks like you've got practically no chance of winning that swivel chair."

Anonymous 
Sep 24, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 407
header 
"the binominal" should be changed to "the Poisson"

Anonymous 
Sep 30, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 422
2nd paragraph 
Typo  "reseraching" should be "researching"

Anonymous 
Feb 09, 2009 
May 11, 2011 
Printed 
Page 636pp639
typo error in Exercise Solution 
According to pp636 the exercise has 9 data points, with radiation exposures 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7.
But the solution on pp 638639 has only 7 data points  it is missing the 3 and 3.5.
Note from the Author or Editor: The data table on page 636 needs to be changed to reflect the data on page 638.

Anonymous 
Nov 19, 2008 
May 11, 2011 
