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  • General probability (10-17%)
  • Univariate random variables (40-47%)
  • Multivariate random variables (40-47%)

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Calculate variance, standard deviation for conditional and marginal probability distributions.

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Question 93

General Probability (Conditional Probabilities)

60% of an insurer’s policyholders are male and 40% are female. The chance of a male having a claim is twice the chance of a female having a claim. Given a randomly selected policyholder has a claim, what’s the probability they are male?

A) 25%

B) 40%

C) 50%

D) 75%

The correct answer is: D)

\( P\left( Male|Claim \right) ={ P\left( Male\quad and\quad Claim \right) }/{ P\left( Claim \right) }={ .60\ast 2x }/{ \left( .60\ast 2x+.40\ast x \right) }={ 1.2x }/{ 1.6x }=\bf .75\quad or\quad 75\%\)

Question 121

General Probability (Bayes Theorem)

A test for heart disease results in a false positive 5% of the time. 25% of the population has heart disease and 20% test positive. Given a negative test, what is the probability the patient does not have heart disease?

A) 67%

B) 70%

C) 87%

D) 93%

The correct answer is: D)

Let event \(H\) be heart disease and event \(+\) be a positive test.
\(P\left( H’ \right) =P\left( H’|+ \right) \ast P\left( + \right) +P\left( H’|- \right) \ast \left( 1-P\left( + \right) \right) \)
\(.75 = .05 \ast .20 + x \ast \left(1-.20\right) \)
\(.75 = .01 + .80x\)
\({.74}/{.80} = x\)
\(x = .925 \quad or \quad \bf 93\%\)

Question 306

Univariate Random Variables (Cumulative Distribution Functions)

You are thinking of getting a loan for your first house, but you find out that the interest is variable and it is usually on the interval (0.09,0.15). The smallest loan amount is 100,000 and after one year its interest value would be \(V = 100,000e^R\).

Let F be the cumulative distribution of \(V\).

Determine F(v) for values of v that satisfy 0 < F(v) < 1.

A) \(\frac{100000e^{v/10000}-109,150}{9,000}\)

B) \(11.11e^{v/100,000}-0.09\)

C) \(\frac{11.11}{v}\)

D) \(11.11\bigg[ln\bigg(\frac{v}{100,000}-0.09\bigg)\bigg]\)

The correct answer is: D)

The distribution function of v is given by:
\begin{align*}
F(v) = P[V\leq v] & = P[100,000e^R \leq v] = P[R \leq ln(v)-ln(100,000)]\\
& = \int_{0.09}^{ln(v)-ln(100000)}\frac{1}{0.09}dr = \frac{r}{0.09}\bigg|_{0.04}^{ln(v)-ln(100,000)}\\
& = 11.11ln(v) – 11.11ln(100,000) – 1\\
& = 11.11\bigg[ln\bigg(\frac{v}{100,000}-0.09\bigg)\bigg]
\end{align*}

Question 155

Univariate Random Variables (Calculate Expected Value, Mode, Median, Percentile, and Higher Moments)

Given the following probability density function:
$$ f\left( x \right) =\begin{cases} .15 & x=1 \\ .25 & x=2 \\ .35 & x=3 \\ C & x=4 \end{cases} $$
Calculate the \({25}^{th}\) percentile of the distribution.

A) 1.5

B) 2.0

D) 2.5

D) 3.0

The correct answer is: B)

The \({25}^{th}\) percentile is the value of \(x\) for which \(P\left(X \le x\right)\) is greater than or equal to .25 and \(P\left(X \ge x\right)\) is greater than or equal to .75.

\(P(X\le 2) = P(X=1)+P(X=2) = .15+.25 = .40\gt.25\)

\(P\left(X \ge 2\right) = P\left(X=2\right)+P\left(X=3\right)+P\left(X=4\right) = .25+ .35 + \left(1-.15-.25-.35\right) =.25+ .35+.25 = .85\gt.75\)

So the \({25}^{th}\) percentile is \(\bf X=2\).

 Question 261

Univariate Random Variables (Sum of Independent Random Variables – Poisson Distribution)

Given that the length of time (in days) until a claim is filed with an insurance company is an exponential random variable with \(\lambda=.05\), and the length of time until the claim is paid after it is filed is an exponential random variable with \(\lambda=.10\) and is independent of the length of time until a claim is filed, find \(SD\left(X+Y\right)\).

A) 10

B) 15

C) 22

D) 25

The correct answer is: C)

\begin{align*}
& SD=\sqrt { Var\left( X+Y \right) } =Var\left( X \right) +Var\left( Y \right) \\
& Var\left( X \right) =\frac { 1 }{ { \lambda }^{ 2 } } =\frac { 1 }{ { .05 }^{ 2 } } =400 \\
& Var\left( Y \right) =\frac { 1 }{ { \lambda }^{ 2 } } =\frac { 1 }{ { .10 }^{ 2 } } =100 \\
& Var\left(X+Y\right) = 400 + 100 = 500 \\
& SD\left(X+Y\right) = {\sqrt {500}} =\bf 22 \\ \end{align*}

Question 278

Univariate Random Variables (Apply Transformations)

Given losses at an insurance company have the following probability density function:
$$
f\left( x \right) =\begin{cases} { { x }^{ 2 }+{\frac { 2 }{ 3 }}, } & 0&lt;x&lt;1 \\ 0, & otherwise \end{cases}
$$
Losses are subject to a deductible of .5. Calculate the expected payout under this policy.

A) .17

B) 0.23

C) 0.34

D) 0.46

The correct answer is: A)

\begin{align*}
E\left( Y \right) &=\int _{ 0 }^{ .5 }{ 0 } \ast dx+\int _{ .5 }^{ 1 }{ \left( x-.5 \right) \left( { x }^{ 2 }+\frac { 2 }{ 3 } \right) dx } \\
& ={ \left[ 0 \right] }_{ x=0 }^{ x=.5 }+{ \left[ { x }^{ 3 }-\frac { 1 }{ 2 } { x }^{ 2 }+\frac { 2 }{ 3 } x-\frac { 1 }{ 3 } \right] }_{ x=.5 }^{ x=1 }=\bf .17 \\ \end{align*}

Question 336

Multivariate Random Variables (Joint Probability Functions)

Let <i>X</i> represent the age of an insured automobile involved in an accident. Let <i>Y</i> represent the length of time the insurance contract has been in place at the time of the accident.

<i>X</i> and <i>Y</i> have joint probability density function

\(f(x,y)=\begin{cases} \cfrac { 1 }{ 64 } (10-x{ y }^{ 2 })\quad \quad 2\le x\le 10,\quad 0\le y\le 1 \\ 0\quad \quad \quad \quad \text{otherwise}\end{cases}\)

Calculate the expected length of time the contract has been in place for an insured automobile involved in an accident.

A) 0.4375

B) 0.5500

C) 0.1420

D) 0.2010

The correct answer is: A)

The marginal density of <i>Y</i> is given by:

\({ f }_{ Y }(y)=\int _{ 2 }^{ 10 }{ \cfrac { 1 }{ 64 } (10-x{ y }^{ 2 })\partial x=\cfrac { 1 }{ 64 } (10x-\cfrac { { x }^{ 2 }{ y }^{ 2 } }{ 2 } )|_{ 2 }^{ 10 }=\cfrac { 1 }{ 64 } (80-48{ y }^{ 2 }) }\)

Then,

\(E(Y)=\int _{ 0 }^{ 1 }{ y\times \cfrac { 1 }{ 64 } (80-48{ y }^{ 2 })\partial y= } \cfrac { 1 }{ 64 } (40{ y }^{ 2 }-12{ y }^{ 4 })|_{ 0 }^{ 1 }=\cfrac { 1 }{ 64 } (40-12)=\cfrac { 28 }{ 64 } =\cfrac { 7 }{ 16 }\)

Question 560

Multivariate Random Variables (Moment Generating Functions)

Let \(X_1,X_2\) be independent random variables with the following pmf
$$ f\left( x \right) =\begin{cases} \frac { 1 }{ 4 } & x=4 \\ \frac { 1 }{ 2 } & x=5 \\ \frac { 1 }{ 4 } & x=6 \\ 0, & otherwise \end{cases}
$$
Let \(Y = X_1 + X_2\).Find \(Var\left(Y\right)\) using moment generating function technique.

A) 1

B) 5

C) 10

D) 15

The correct answer is: A)

Find \(E \left(Y\right)={ M }_{ Y }^{ \prime }\left( 0 \right) \) and \(E \left(Y^2\right)={ M }_{ Y }^{ \prime\prime }\left( 0 \right) .\)

\({ M }_{ { X }_{ 1 } }\left( t \right) =E\left( { e }^{ t{ X }_{ 1 } } \right) =\frac { 1 }{ 4 } \ast { e }^{ 4t }+\frac { 1 }{ 2 } \ast { e }^{ 5t }+\frac { 1 }{ 4 } \ast { e }^{ 6t }.\)

\( { M }_{ { X }_{ 2 } }\left( t \right) = { M }_{ { X }_{ 1 } }\left( t \right) \).

\( { M }_{ { Y } }\left( t \right) ={ M }_{ { X }_{ 1 } }\left( t \right) { M }_{ { X }_{ 2 } }\left( t \right)=\left( \frac { 1 }{ 4 } \ast { e }^{ 4t }+\frac { 1 }{ 2 } \ast { e }^{ 5t }+\frac { 1 }{ 4 } \ast { e }^{ 6t } \right) \left( \frac { 1 }{ 4 } \ast { e }^{ 4t }+\frac { 1 }{ 2 } \ast { e }^{ 5t }+\frac { 1 }{ 4 } \ast { e }^{ 6t } \right) =\frac { 1 }{ 16 } { e }^{ 8t }+\frac { 1 }{ 4 } { e }^{ 9t }+\frac { 3 }{ 8 } { e }^{ 10t }+\frac { 1 }{ 4 } { e }^{ 11t }+\frac { 1 }{ 16 } { e }^{ 12t }. \)

\({ M }_{ Y }^{ \prime }\left( t \right) =\frac { 1 }{ 2 } { e }^{ 8t }+\frac { 9 }{ 4 } { e }^{ 9t }+\frac { 15 }{ 4 } { e }^{ 10t }+\frac { 11 }{ 4 } { e }^{ 11t }+\frac { 3 }{ 4 } { e }^{ 12t }\)<br><br>
\(E\left( Y \right) ={ M }_{ Y }^{ \prime }\left( 0 \right) =\frac { 1 }{ 2 } +\frac { 9 }{ 4 } +\frac { 15 }{ 4 } +\frac { 11 }{ 4 } +\frac { 3 }{ 4 } =10\)

\({ M }_{ Y }^{ \prime \prime }\left( t \right) =4{ e }^{ 8t }+\frac { 81 }{ 4 } { e }^{ 9t }+\frac { 75 }{ 2 } { e }^{ 10t }+\frac { 121 }{ 4 } { e }^{ 11t }+9{ e }^{ 12t }\)

\(E\left(Y^2\right)=M_Y^{\prime \prime} \left(0\right)=101\)

\(Var \left(Y \right)=E\left(Y^2\right)-E\left(Y\right) \ast E\left(Y\right)=101-100=1\)

Question 454

Multivariate Random Variables (Transformation of Jointly Distributed Random Variables)

Let \(Y_1 < Y_2 < \cdots < Y_6\) be the order statistics of a random sample of size 6 from a distribution \(X\) with pdf \(f(x)=3x^2, 0 \le x \le 1\). Find the pdf of \(Y_6\).

A) \(g_1 (y)=3y^2,0 \le y \le 1\)

B) \(g_1 (y)=18y^{17},0 \le y \le 1\)

C) \(g_1 (y)=17y^{18},0 \le y \le 1\)

D) \(g_1 (y)=18y^2 (1-y^3)^5,0 \le y \le 1\)

The correct answer is: D)

The pdf of \(X\) is \(F(x)=x^3,0 \le x \le 1\).

\(g_6 (y)={\frac {6!}{(6-1)!}} (1-F(y))^5 f(y)=18y^{2}(1-y^3)^5,0 \le y \le 1\).