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**123ronnie321****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-28
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Hi

I want to simulate a real world problem. People can enter a bank at any time between 8 am and 5 pm in the evening. More people are likely to come in the peak morning hours. So how do I get a distribution function for such a case.

I am looking for general ways of tackling this problem and not for a particular solution. I know basic probability but have very limited knowledge in statistics (know just basics like normal distribution, mean, variance)

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi 123ronnie321

Welcome back!

You could use a normal distribution and fit it to your data. Strictly it would be possible to get values outside the range, but, in practice, there's a very low chance of this ... if you set 8am as say 3 x the standard deviation. You'd have to firm up on what you mean by 'the peak morning hours'.

Or you could make sure that you don't go outside the limits by having a straight line from (8,0) to a maximum point, and then another sloping down from there to (17,0).

Fix the height so that the area of that triangle is equal to 1.

Bob

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi 123ronnie321;

Queuing problems like arrivals at a bank with waiting times and things like that are sometimes best modelled with the Poisson Distribution. If you have the data and know what you want to compute probabilities of take a look here and see if any of the model problems are close to what you want.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi bobbym

Thanks for the link!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi anonimnystefy;

You have been expressing an interest in statistics so you are welcome.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Kind of...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Remember the other thread where we talked about careers...

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I do. But, I think it would be good for me to do more problems in statistics...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Where are you at the moment?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Home...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I meant where are you in statistics?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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You should've been more precise.

I know something about distibutions, mean, variance,... But that's about it...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Anything I can help with or you still want to research more?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I cannot think of a better way to learn something new than through problems...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Are you doing any problems right now?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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No. I don't know where to find them... Do you have any links?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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http://stattrek.com/statistics/problems.aspx

They put a couple of problems at a time. You have enter different topics in the input boxes to get more.

Some of these tests look okay.

http://www.wiziq.com/tests/statistics

http://www2.gsu.edu/~dscbms/ibs/qcontent.html

http://www.tc3.edu/instruct/sbrown/stat/pracprob.htm

I have some shopping to do, see you later and good luck with the problems.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Thanks for the links. I will look at them.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Let me know if you get stuck.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I have a question. Is a roll of two dice modeled wirh a descrete normal distribution?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I use a binomial distribution. What is the problem?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Just asking. It's not in any of those...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I use about 5 or 6 distributions mostly and if you want I can show what type of problems they solve.

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**123ronnie321****Member**- Registered: 2010-09-28
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Thanks for the links. Khan academy has some really good videos on statistics.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi 123ronnie321;

They do have some nice videos!

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