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GATE | GATE-CS-2014-(Set-2) | Question 65
  • Last Updated : 18 Apr, 2014

Each of the nine words in the sentence ”The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is written on a separate piece of paper. These nine pieces of paper are kept in a box. One of the pieces is drawn at random from the box. The expected length of the word drawn is _____________. (The answer should be rounded to one decimal place.)
(A) 3.8 to 3.9


Answer: (A)

Explanation: There are total 9 words in the sentence. To find expected length first we count total length of the sentence i.e 35. Now to find expected length divide total length by total words i.e 35/9 so answer is 3.8 or 3.9

Another Explanation:
Expected value = ∑( x * P(x) ) = 3*4/9 + 4*2/9 + 5*3/9 = 35/9 = 3.9

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