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1 Chapter 5 Poisson Processes 5.1 Exponential Distribution The gamma function is defined by Γ(α) = t α 1 e t dt, α >. Theorem 5.1. The gamma function satisfies the following properties: (a) For each α > 1, Γ(α) = (α 1)Γ(α 1). (b) For each integer n 1, Γ(n) = (n 1)!. (c) Γ(1/2) = π. Proof. For each α > 1, by an integration by parts Γ(α) = t α 1 e t dt = t α 1 d( e t ) dt = t α 1 ( e t ) = t α 1 ( e t ) + (α 1)tα 2 e t dt = (α 1)Γ(α 1). ( e t )d(t α 1 ) Next, we prove by induction that for each integer n 1, Γ(n) = (n 1). The case n = 1 holds because Γ(1) = e t dt = 1. The case n implies the case n + 1, because if Γ(n) = (n 1)!, then Γ(n + 1) = nγ(n) = n(n 1)! = n!. Finally, by the change of variables t = x 2 /2, (dt = x dx), Γ(1/2) = t 1/2 e t dt = = 2 x2 e 2 dx = π = π 2 e x 2 x 2 2 x dx = 2 e x 2 2 dx Q.E.D. (5.1) In particular, we have that x n e x dx = Γ(n + 1) = n! 51

2 52 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES By the change of variables y = x θ, (5.2) Exercise 5.1. Find: (i) x 3 e x dx. (ii) x 12 e x dx. (iii) x 23 e 2x dx. (iv) x 24 e x/3 dx. x α 1 e x/θ dx = x α 1 θ α e y dy = θ α Γ(α) Exercise 5.2. Use integration by parts to show that xe x dx = e x (1 + x) + c. Exercise 5.3. Use integration by parts to show that x 2 2 e x dx = e x (1 + x + x2 2 ) + c. Exercise 5.4. Prove that for each integer n 1, x n n n! e x x xj dx = e j! + c. Hint: use integration by parts and induction. Definition A r.v. X is said to have an exponential distribution with parameter λ >, if the density of X is given by { e λ x if x λ f(x) = if x < We denote this by X Exponential(λ). The above function f defines a bona fide density because it is nonnegative and e t λ t f(t) dt = dt = e λ λ = 1. j= Theorem 5.2. Let X be a r.v. with an exponential distribution and parameter λ >, then Proof. Using (5.2), E[X] = λ, Var(X) = λ 2, E[X k ] = λ k k!, M(t) = 1 1 λt, if t < λ 1. E[X k ] = x k x e λ λ dx = 1 λ Γ(k + 1)λk+1 = k!λ k

3 5.1. EXPONENTIAL DISTRIBUTION 53 In particular, E[X] = λ, E[X 2 ] = 2λ 2 Var(X) = E[X 2 ] (E[X]) 2 = λ 2. We have that for t < λ 1, M(t) = E[e tx ] = e tx e x λ λ dx = 1 λ e 1 λt x( λ ) dx = 1 λ λ 1 λt = 1 1 λt. Q.E.D. The cumulative distribution function of an exponential distribution with mean λ > is F (x) = P (X x) = x f(t) dt = 1 e x λ, x. The exponential distribution satisfies that for each s, t, P(X > s + t X > t) = P (X > s). This is property is called the memoryless property of the exponential distribution. Given a r.v. X, the cumulative distribution function of X is F (x) = P (X x). The survival function of X is S(x) = P (X > x) = 1 F (x). If X has a continuous distribution with density X, the failure (or hazard) rate function is defined as r(t) = f(t) S(t) = d dt ln(s(t)). We have that P(X (t, t + dt) X > t) = P (t, t + dt) P (X > t) f(t)dt S(t) = r(t)dt. If X designs a lifetime, the failure rate function is the rate of death for the survivor at time t. Since S(t) is a nonincreasing function, r(t). Assuming that X is a nonnegative r.v. 1 F (t) = e t r(s) ds. If X has an exponential distribution with mean λ, then the failure rate function is r(t) = 1 λ for each t. Reciprocally, if the failure rate function is constant, the r.v. has an exponential distribution. Definition X has a gamma distribution with parameters α > and θ >, if the density of X is { x α 1 e x θ if x θ f(x) = α Γ(α) if x < We denote this by X Gamma(α, θ).

4 54 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES The above function f defines a bona fide density because, by (5.2), f(x) dx = x α 1 e x θ dx = 1. Γ(α)θα A gamma distribution with parameter α = 1 is an exponential distribution. Theorem 5.3. If X has a gamma distribution with parameters α and θ, then E[X] = αθ, Var(X) = αθ 2, E[X k ] = Γ(α + k)θk, Var(X) = αθ 2, M(t) = Γ(α) 1 (1 θt) α, if t < 1 θ. Proof. Using (5.2), E[X k ] = x k xα 1 e x θ Γ(α)θ α dx = 1 Γ(α)θ α x k+α 1 e x θ dx = 1 Γ(α)θ α Γ(k + α)θ k+α = Γ(α+k)θα Γ(α). In particular, We have that for t < 1 θ, E[X] = Γ(α+1)θ1 = αθ, E[X 2 ] = Γ(α+2)θ2 = (α + 1)αθ 2, Γ(α) Γ(α) Var(X) = E[X 2 ] (E[X]) 2 = αθ 2. M(t) = E[e tx ] = e tx xα 1 e x θ dx = 1 ( Γ(α)θ α = 1 θ ) α Γ(α)θ α 1 θt Γ(α) = 1. (1 θt) α Γ(α)θ α x α 1 e 1 θt x( θ ) dx Q.E.D. Example 5.1. The lifetime in hours of an electronic part is a random variable having a probability density function given by f(x) = cx 9 e x, x >. Compute c and the expected lifetime of such an electronic part. Solution: First, we find c, 1 = So, c = 1. The expected value of X is 9! cx 9 e x dx = cγ(1) = c 9!. E[X] = x 1 9! x9 e x dx = 1 9! x1 e x dx = Γ(11) 9! Example 5.2. If X is a random variable with density function = 1! 9! = 1. f(x) = { 1.4e 2x +.9e 3x for x > elsewhere Find E[X].

5 5.1. EXPONENTIAL DISTRIBUTION 55 Solution: Using (5.2), E[X] = x (1.4e 2x +.9e 3x ) dx = (1.4) xe 2x dx + (.9) xe 3x dx = (1.4)Γ(2)(1/2) 2 + (.9)Γ(2)(1/3) 2 = (.45). Exercise 5.5. The number of days that elapse between the beginning of a calendar year and the moment a high-risk driver is involved in an accident is exponentially distributed. An insurance company expects that 3% of high-risk drivers will be involved in an accident during the first 5 days of a calendar year. What portion of high-risk drivers are expected to be involved in an accident during the first 8 days of a calendar year? Exercise 5.6. The time that it takes for a computer system to fail is exponential with mean 17 hours. If a lab has 2 such computers systems. What is the probability that a least two fail before 17 hours of use? Exercise 5.7. The service times of customers coming through a checkout counter in retail store are independent random variables with an exponential distribution with mean 1.5 minutes. Approximate the probability that 1 customers can be services in less than 3 hours of total service time. Solution: Let X 1,..., X 1 be the services times of the 1 customers. For each 1 i 1, we have that E[X i ] = 1.5 and Var(X i ) = So, E[ n j=1 X j] = 1(1.5) = 15 and Var( n j=1 X j) = 1(1.5) 2 = 225. Using the central limit theorem, ( n ) P X j (3)(6) P j=1 ( N(, 1) ) = P (N(, 1) 2) = Exercise 5.8. One has 1 bulbs whose light times are independent exponentials with mean 5 hours. If the bulbs are used one at time, with a failed bulb being immediately replaced by a new one, what is the probability that there is still a working bulb after 525 hours. Exercise 5.9. A critical submarine component has a lifetime which is exponential distributed with mean 1 days. Upon failure, replacement with anew component with identically characteristic occurs What is the smallest number of spare components that the submarine should stock if it is leaving for one year tour and wishes the probability of an inoperative caused by failure exceeding the spare inventory to be less than.2? Solution: Let X 1,..., be the lifetime of the components. We have to find n so that P ( n i=1 X i < 365) <.2. For each 1 i n, we have that E[X i ] = 1 and Var(X i ) = 1 2 = 1. So, E[ n i=1 X i] = 1n and Var( n i=1 X i) = 1n. By the central limit theorem.2 > P ( n X i < 365) P(N(, 1) i= n 1 n ) Since.2 = P(N(, 1) 2.5), we have that 365 1n 1 n < 2.5, 1n 2.55 n 365 <. We get n = 52.

6 56 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES Exercise 5.1. The time T required to repair a machine is an exponential distributed random variable with mean 1. 2 (a) What is the probability that a repair time exceeds 1 hours. 2 (b) What is the probability that a repair time takes at least 12 1 hours given that is duration 2 exceeds 12 hours. Solution: T has density f(t) = 2e 2t, t. So, P (T 1) = 1 2e 2t dt = e P (T 12 1 T 12) = 2 2e 2t dt = e e 2t dt e 24 = e 1 Exercise Find the density of a gamma random variable with mean 8 and variance 16. Theorem 5.4. Let X Gamma(α, θ) and let Y Gamma(β, θ). Suppose that X and Y are independent. Then, X + Y Gamma(α + β, θ) Proof. The moment generating function of X and Y are M X (t) = 1 and M (1 θt) α Y (t) = 1, (1 θt) β respectively. Since X and Y are independent r.v. s, the moment generating function of X + Y is 1 1 M X+Y (t) = M X (t)m Y (t) = (1 θt) α (1 θt) = 1 β (1 θt), α+β which is the moment generating function of a gamma distribution with parameters α + β and θ. So, X + Y has a gamma distribution with parameters α + β and θ. Q.E.D. Theorem 5.5. Let X 1,..., X n be independent identically distributed r.v. s with exponential distribution with parameter λ. Then, n i=1 X i has gamma distribution with parameters n and λ. Proof. Every X i has Gamma(1, λ) distribution. Gamma(n, λ) distribution. By the previous theorem, n i=1 X i has a Q.E.D. Exercise Suppose that you arrive at a single-teller bank to find 5 other customers in the bank, one being served and the other waiting in line. You join the end of the line. If the services times are all exponential with rate 2 minutes, what are the expected value and the variance of the amount of time you will spend in the bank? Suppose that a system has n parts. The system functions works only if all n parts work. Let X i is the lifetime of the i th part of the system. Suppose that X 1,..., X n be independent r.v. s and that X i has an exponential distribution with mean θ i. Let Y be the lifetime of the system. Then, Y = min(x 1,..., X n ). Then, P (Y > t) = P (min(x 1,..., X n ) > t) = P ( n i=1{x i > t}) = n i=1 P (X i > t) = n t i=1 e θ i = e t n i=1 1 θ i. So, Y has an exponential distribution with mean 1 n i=1 1 θ i. Let Z = max(x 1,..., X n ). Then, P (Z t) = P (max(x 1,..., X n ) t) = P ( n i=1{x i t}) = n i=1 P (X i t) = ) n i=1 (1 e t θ i.

7 5.1. EXPONENTIAL DISTRIBUTION 57 Since max(x, y) + min(x, y) = x + y, Given x 1,..., x n, we have that 1 E[max(X 1, X 2 )] = θ 1 + θ 2 1 θ θ 2 max(x 1,..., x n ) = n i=1 x i i 1 <i 2 min(x i1, x i2 ) + i 1 <i 2 <i 3 min(x i1, x i2, x i3 ) + ( 1) n+1 min(x 1,..., x n ). Theorem 5.6. (i) Let X and let Y be two independent r.v. such that X has an exponential distribution with mean θ 1 and Y has an exponential distribution with mean θ 2. Then, P (X < Y ) = 1 θ 1 1 θ θ 2 (ii) Let X 1,..., X n be independent r.v. s such that X i has an exponential distribution with mean θ i. Then, Proof. The joint density of x and Y is So, As to the second part, P (X < Y ) = x P (X i = min 1 j n X j) = x y θ 1 θ 2 1 θ i n j=1 1. θ j f X,Y (x, y) = e, x, y >. θ 1 θ 2 e x θ 1 y θ 2 θ 1 θ 2 P (X i = min 1 j n X j) = P (X i < dy dx = e x θ 1 x θ 2 min X j) = 1 j n,j i θ 1 dy dx = θ θ i n j=1 1, θ j θ 1 θ 2 because min 1 j n,j i X j has an exponential distribution with mean X i and min 1 j n,j i X j are independent. ( n 1 1 j n,j i ) 1 θ j and Q.E.D. Exercise John and Peter enter a barbershop simultaneously. John is going to get a haircur and Peter is going to get a shave. It the amount of time it takes to receive a haircut (shave) is exponentially distributed with mean 2 (15) minutes, and if John and Peter are immediately server. (a) What is the average time for he first of the two to be finished? (b) What is the average time for both of them to be done? (c) What is the probability that John finishes before Peter? Exercise Let X 1 and let X 2 be independent r.v. s with exponential distribution and mean λ >. Let X (1) = min(x 1, X 2 ) and let X (2) = max(x 1, X 2 ). Find the density function, mean and variance of X (1) and X (2).

8 58 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES 1 Solution: X (1) has an exponential distribution with mean 1 λ + 1 λ the variance of X (1) are The cdf of X (2) is E[X (1) ] = λ 2 and Var(X (1)) = λ2 4. = λ. So, the mean and 2 P (X (2) x) = P (X 1 x, X 2 x) = (1 e x λ )(1 e x λ ) = 1 2e x λ + e 2x λ. So, the density function of X (2) is The mean and the variance of X (2) are E[X (2) ] = x ( 2e x λ λ f X(2) (x) = 2e x λ λ 2e 2x λ λ = 2 λ Γ(2)λ2 2 λ Γ(2)(λ/2)2 = 3λ, 2 E[X(2) 2 ] = ( x 2 2e x 2x λ 2e λ λ λ = 2 λ Γ(3)λ3 2 λ Γ(3)(λ/2)3 = 7λ2, 2 Var(X (2) ) = 7λ2 ( ) 3λ = 5λ 2. 4 Note that E[X 1 + X 2 ] = E[X (1) + X (2) ]. ) dx = 2 λ ) dx = 2 λ 2e 2x λ λ. xe x λ dx 2 xe 2x λ dx λ x 2 e x λ dx 2 x 2 e 2x λ dx λ Exercise A machine consists of 3 components. The lifetime of these components constitute independent r.v. s with an exponential distributions and parameters 2, 3 and 6. The machine will work only if only its parts work. Find the expected lifetime of the machine. Exercise An insurance company sells two types of auto insurance policies: Basic and Deluxe. The time until the next Basic Policy claim is an exponential random variable with mean two days. The time until the next Deluxe Policy claim is an independent exponential random variable with mean three days. What is the probability that the next claim will be a Deluxe Policy claim? Exercise Two painters are hired to a paint a house. The first painter working alone will paint the house in λ 1 days. The second painter working alone will paint the house in λ 1 days. How long it will take both painters working together to paint the house. Solution: In one day, the first painter does 1 λ 1 fraction of the house. In one day, the second painter does 1 λ 2 fraction of the house. So, in one day both painters working together do 1 λ λ 2 fraction of the house. It will take them 1 1 days to finish the house. + 1 λ 1 λ 2 Exercise The lifetimes of Bill s dog and cat are independent exponential random variables with respective means λ d and λ c. One of them has just died. Find the expected additional lifetime of the other pet.

9 5.2. POISSON PROCESS Poisson process Definition A stochastic process {N(t) : t } is said to be a counting process if N(t) represents the total number of events that have occurred up to time t. A counting processes N(t) must satisfy: (i) N(t). (ii) N(t) is integer valued. (iii) If s < t, then N(s) N(t). (iv) For s < t, N(t) N(s) equal the number of events that have occurred in the interval (s, t]. A counting process if said to possess independent increments if for each t 1 < t 2 < < t m, N(t 1 ), N(t 2 ) N(t 1 ), N(t 3 ) N(t 2 ),..., N(t m ) N(t m 1 ) are independent r.v. s. A counting process is said to have stationy increments if for each t 1 t 2, N(t 2 ) N(t 1 ) and N(t 2 t 1 ) have the same distribution. Definition A r.v. X has a Poisson distribution with parameter λ >, if for each integer k, In particular, λ λk P [X = k] = e k!. P [X = ] = e λ, P[X = 1] = e λ λ λ2 λ, P [X = 2] = e 2. Theorem 5.7. Let X be a r.v. with a Poisson distribution with parameter λ >, then E[X] = λ, Var(X) = λ and M(t) = e λ(et 1). Proof. Using that e x = x k k=, k! M(t) = E[e tx ] = e tk e λ λ k k! Hence, k= = e λ (e t λ) k = e λ + e etλ = e λ(et 1). k! M(t) = e λ e λet, M (t) = e λ e λet λe t, E[X] = M () = λ M (t) = e λ e λet (λe t ) 2 + e λ e λet λe t, E[X 2 ] = M () = λ 2 + λ Var(X) = λ k= Q.E.D. Theorem 5.8. Let X Poisson(λ 1 ) and let Y Poisson(λ 2 ). Suppose that X and Y are independent. Then, X + Y Poisson(λ 1 + λ 2 ). Proof. The moment generating function of X is M X (t) = e λ 1(e t 1). The moment generating function of X is M X (t) = e λ 2(e t 1). Since X and Y are independent r.v. s, the moment generating function of X + Y is M X+Y (t) = M X (t)m Y (t) = e λ 1(e t 1) e λ 2(e t 1) = e (λ 1+λ 2 )(e t 1),

10 6 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES which is the moment generating function of a Poisson(λ 1 +λ 2 ). So, X +Y has a Poisson(λ 1 + λ 2 ) distribution. Q.E.D. Problem 5.1. (25, May 21) For a discrete probability distribution, you are given the recursion relation p(k) = 2 p(k 1), k = 1, 2,... k Determine p(4). (A).7 (B).8 (C).9 (D).1 (E).11 Solution:.9. Exercise An insurance company issues 125 vision care insurance policies. The number of claims filed by a policyholder under a vision care insurance policy during one year is a Poisson random variable with mean 2. Assume the numbers of claims filed by distinct policyholders are independent of one another. What is the approximate probability that there is a total of between 245 and 26 claims during a one year period? Exercise 5.2. The number of claims received each day by a claims center has a Poisson distribution. On Mondays, the center expects to receive 2 claims but on other days of the week, the claims center expects to receive 1 claim per day. The numbers of claims received on separate days are mutually independent of one another. Find the probability that the claim center receives at least 2 claims in a day week (Monday to Friday). A function f is said to be o(h) if lim h f(h) h =. Definition (Definition 1) The stochastic process {N(t) : t } is said to be a Poisson process with rate function λ >, if: (i) N() =. (ii) The process has independent increments. (iii) P (N(h) 2) = o(h). (iv) P (N(h) = 1) = λh + o(h). Definition (Definition 2) The stochastic process {N(t) : t } is said to be a Poisson process with rate function λ >, if: (i) N() =. (ii) The process has independent increments. (iii) For each s, t, N(s + t) N(s) has a Poisson distribution with mean λt. The two definitions of Poisson processes are equivalent. In the previous definition, N(t) is the number of occurrences until time. The rate of occurrences per unit of time is a constant. The average number of occurrences in the time interval (s, s + t] is λt. It follows that for each t 1 < t 2 < < t m, and each k 1 k 2 k m, P (N(t 1 ) = k 1, N(t 2 ) = k 2,..., N(t m ) = k m ) = P (N(t 1 ) = k 1, N(t 2 ) N(t 1 ) = k 2 k 1,..., N(t m ) N(t m 1 ) = k m k m 1 ) = P (N(t 1 ) = k 1 )P (N(t 2 ) N(t 1 ) = k 2 k 1 ) P (N(t m ) N(t m 1 ) = k m k m 1 ) = e λt 1 (λt 1) k 1 k 1 e λ(t 2 t 1 ) (λ(t 2 t 1 )) k2 k 1! (k 2 k 1 e λ(tm t m 1) (λ(t m t m 1 )) km )! k m!

11 5.2. POISSON PROCESS 61 It is easy to see that for each s t, E[N(s)] = λs, Var(N(s)) = λs, Cov(N(s), N(t)) = λs. Exercise Let {N(t) : t } be a Poisson process with rate λ = 2. Compute: (i) P (N(5) = 4). (ii) P (N(5) = 4, N(6) = 9). (iii) E[2N(3) 4N(5)]. (iv) Var(2N(3) 4N(5)). Solution: P (N(5) = 4) = P (Poiss(1) = 4) = e 1 (1) 4, 4! P (N(5) = 4, N(6) = 9) = P (N(5) = 4, N(6) N(4) = 5) = P (N(5) = 4)P (N(6) N(4) = 5) = e 1 (1) 4 4! e 8 (8) 5 5!, E[2N(3) 4N(5)] = 2E[N(3)] 4E[N(5)] = (2)(3)(2) (4)(2)(5) = 28 Var(2N(3) 4N(5)) = Var( 2N(3) 4(N(5) N(3))) = ( 2) 2 Var(N(3)) + ( 4) 2 Var(N(5) N(3)) = ( 2) 2 (2)(3) + ( 4) 2 (2)(5 3) = 88 Exercise Let {N(t) : t } be a Poisson process with rate λ = 2. Compute: (i) P (N(5) = 4, N(6) = 9, N(1) = 15). (ii) P (N(5) N(2) = 3). (iii) P (N(5) N(2) = 3, N(7) N(6) = 4). (iv) P (N(2) + N(5) = 4). (v) E[N(5) 2N(6) + 3N(1)]. (vi) Var(N(5) 2N(6) + 3N(1)). (vi) Cov(N(5) 2N(6), 3N(1)). Theorem 5.9. Let {N(t) : t } be a Poisson process with rate λ. Let < s, t and let k j. Then, P (N(s + t) = k N(s) = j) = P(N(t) = k j), i.e. the distribution of N(s + t) given N(s) = j is that j + Poisson(λt). So, E[N(s + t) N(s) = j] = j + λt and Var(N(s + t) N(s) = j) = λt. Proof. Since N(s) and N(s + t) N(s) are independent, P (N(s + t) = k N(s) = j) = P (N(s + t) N(t) = k j N(s) = j) = P (N(s + t) N(t) = k j) Q.E.D.

12 62 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES Exercise Let {N(t) : t } be a Poisson process with rate λ = 3. Compute: (i) P (N(5) = 7 N(3) = 2). (ii) E[2N(5) 3N(7) N(3) = 2). (iii) Var(N(5) N(2) = 3). (iv) Var(N(5) N(2) N(2) = 3). (v) Var(2N(5) 3N(7) N(3) = 2). Theorem 5.1. (Markov property of the Poisson process) Let {N(t) : t } be a Poisson process with rate λ. Let t 1 < t 2 < < t m < s and let k 1 k 2 k m j. Then, P (N(s) = j N(t 1 ) = k 1,..., N(t m ) = k m ) = P (N(s) = j N(t m ) = k m ) Proof. Since N(t 1 ), N(t 2 ) N(t 1 ),, N(t m ) N(t m 1 ), N(s) N(t m ), P (N(s) = j N(t 1 ) = k 1,..., N(t m ) = k m ) = P (N(t 1)=k 1,...,N(t m)=k m,n(s)=j) P (N(t 1 )=k 1,...,N(t m)=k m) = P (N(t 1)=k 1,N(t 2 ) N(t 1 )=k 2 k 1,...,N(t m) N(t m 1 )=k m k m 1,N(s) N(t m)=j k m) P (N(t 1 )=k 1,N(t 2 ) N(t 1 )=k 2 k 1,...,N(t m) N(t m 1 )=k m k m 1 ) = P (N(t 1)=k 1 )P (N(t 2 ) N(t 1 )=k 2 k 1 ) P(N(t m) N(t m 1 )=k m k m 1 )P(N(s) N(t m)=j k m) P (N(t 1 )=k 1 )P (N(t 2 ) N(t 1 )=k 2 k 1 ) P(N(t m) N(t m 1 )=k m k m 1 ) = P(N(s) N(t m ) = j k m ) = P (N(s) = j N(t m ) = k m ). Theorem Let {N(t) : t } be a Poisson process with rate λ. Let s, t. Then, P (N(t) = k N(s + t) = n) = ( ) ( ) k ( ) n k n t s, k t + s t + s i.e. the distribution of N(t) given N(s + t) = n is binomial with parameters n and p = So, E[N(t) N(s + t) = n] = n t and Var(N(t) N(s + t) = n) = n t s s + t s + t s + t. Q.E.D. The previous theorem can be extended as follows, given t 1 < t 2 < < t m, the conditional distribution of (N(t 1 ), N(t 2 ) N(t 1 ),..., N(t m ) N(t m 1 )) given N(t m ) = n is multinomial distribution with parameter ( t 1 t m, t 2 t 1 t m,..., tm t m 1 t m ). Given N(t m ) = n, we know that events happens in the interval [, t m ], each of these events happens independently and the probability that one of these events happens in particular interval is the fraction of the total length of this interval. Exercise Customers arrive at a bank according with a Poisson process with a rate 2 customers per minute. Suppose that two customer arrived during the first hour. What is the probability that at least one arrived during the first 2 minutes? Exercise Cars cross a certain point in a highway in accordance with a Poisson process with rate λ = 3 cars per minute. If Deb blindly runs across the highway, then what is the probability that she sill be injured if the amount of time it takes her to cross the road is s seconds? Do it for s = 2, 5, 1, 2. t. t+s

13 5.3. INTERARRIVAL TIMES 63 Exercise Let {N(t) : t } be a Poisson process with rate λ = 3. Compute: (i) E[N(1) N(3) = 2]. (ii) E[2N(1) 3N(7) N(3) = 2]. (iii) Var(N(1) N(3) = 2). Exercise Two individuals, A and B, both require kidney transplants. If A does not receive a new kidney, then A will die after an exponential time with mean λ a and B will die after an exponential time with mean λ b. New kidneys arrive in accordance with a Poisson process having rate λ. It has been decided that the first kidney will to A or to B if B is alive and A is not at the time and the next one to B (if is still living). (a) What is the probability that A obtains a new kidney? ( (b) What is the probability that B obtains a new kidney? 5.3 Interarrival times For n 1, let S n be the arrival time of the n th event, i.e. S n = inf{t : N(t) = n}. Let T n = S n S n 1 be the elapsed time between the (n 1) th and the n th event. Theorem T n, n = 1, 2,... are independent identically distributed exponential random variables having mean 1 λ. Proof. We have that P (T 1 > t) = P (N(t) = ) = e λt. So, T 1 has an exponential distribution with mean 1. By the Markov property, λ P (T 2 > t T 1 = s) = P (no occurrences in (s, s + t] T 1 = s) = P (no occurrences in (s, s + t]) = e λt. So, T 1 and T 2 are independent, and T 2 have an exponential distribution with mean 1. By λ induction, the claim follows. Q.E.D. The previous theorem says that if the rate of events is λ events per unit of time, then the expected waiting time between events is 1 λ. A useful relation between N(t) and S n is {S n t} = {the n th occurrence happens before time t) = {there are n or more occurrences inthe interval [, t]} = {N(t) n}. Theorem S n has a gamma distribution with parameters α = n and θ = 1 λ. Proof. T 1,..., T n are i.i.d.r.v. s with an exponential distribution with mean 1. So, S λ n has a gamma distribution with parameters α = n and θ = 1. Q.E.D. λ By the previous theorem, E[S n ] = n λ and Var(S n) = n λ and S n has density function f Sn (t) = λn t n 1 e λt, t. (n 1)!

14 64 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES Exercise Prove that for each integer n 1, x n n! e x dx = ( e x ) The c.d.f. of S n is We also have that F Sn (t) = P(S n t) = t = ( e s ) λt n 1 s j j= j! λ n s n 1 e λs (n 1)! = 1 e λt n 1 j= n j= ds = λt x j j! + c. P (N(t) n) = j=n e λt (λt) j j!. s n 1 e s (n 1)! ds (λt) j = e λt (λt) j j! j=n. j! Theorem Given that N(t) = n, the n arrival times S 1,..., S n have the same distribution as the order statistics corresponding to n independent random variables uniformly distributed on the interval (, t) Exercise Let N(t) be a Poisson process with rate λ = 3. (i) What is the probability of 4 occurrences of the random event in the interval (2.5, 4]? (ii) What is the probability that T 2 > 5 given that N(4) = 1? (iii) What is the distribution of T n? (iv) What is the expected time of the occurrence of the 5-th event? Answer: (i) P (N(4) N(2.5) = 4) = e 4.5 (4.5) 4. 4! (ii) P (T 2 > 5 N(4) = 1) = P (T 2 > 5 T 1 4) = P (T 2 > 5) = e 15. (iii) T n has an exponential distribution with mean 1. 3 (iv) E[S 5 ] = Exercise 5.3. Let N(t) be a Poisson process with rate λ. let S n denote the time of the n th event. Find: (i) E[S 4 ]? (ii) E[S 4 N(1) = 2]. (iii) E[N(4) N(2) N(1) = 3]. Answer: (i) E[S 4 ] = 4 λ. (ii) E[S 4 N(1) = 2] = 1 + E[S 2 ] = λ. (iii) E[N(4) N(2) N(1) = 3] = E[N(4) N(2)] = 2λ. Exercise For a Poisson process the expected waiting time between events is.1 years. (i) What is the probability that 1 or fewer events occur during a 2-year time span? (ii) What is the probability that the waiting time between 2 consecutive events is at least.2 years? (iii) If N(2) = 2, what is the probability that exactly 1 events occur during (, 1]?. Answer: We have that 1 =.1. So, λ = 1. λ (i) P (N(2) 1) = 1 j= e 2 (2 j j!.

15 5.3. INTERARRIVAL TIMES 65 (ii) P (T 1.2) =.2 e x.1.1 dx = e 2. (iii) P (N(1) = 1 N(2) = 2) = ( 2 1) ( 1 2) 1 ( 1 2) 1. Exercise A discount store promises to give a small gift to the million-th customer to arrive after opening. The arrivals of customers form a Poisson process with rate λ = 1 customers/minute. (a) Find the probability density function of the arrival time T of the lucky customer. (b) Find the mean and the variance of T. Exercise A certain theory supposes that mistakes in cell division occur according to a Poisson process with rate 2.5 per year., and that an individual dies when 196 such mistakes have occurred. Assuming this theory find (a) the mean lifetime of an individual, (b) the variance of the lifetime of an individuals. Also approximate (c) the probability that an individual dies before age 67.2 (d) the probability that an individual reaches age 9. (e) the probability that an individual reaches age 1. Exercise Customers arrive at a bank at a Poisson rate of λ. Suppose two customers arrived during the first hour. What is the probability that (a) both arrived during the first 2 minutes? (b) at least one arrived during the first 2 minutes.? Problem 5.2. (# 1, November 21). For a tyrannosaur with 1, calories stored: (i) The tyrannosaur uses calories uniformly at a rate of 1, per day. If his stored calories reach, he dies. (ii) The tyrannosaur eats scientists (1, calories each) at a Poisson rate of 1 per day. (iii) The tyrannosaur eats only scientists. (iv) The tyrannosaur can store calories without limit until needed. Calculate the probability that the tyrannosaur dies within the next 2.5 days. (A).3 (B).4 (C).5 (D).6 (E).7 Solution: Let N i be the number of scientist eating by the tyrannosaur in day i. The probability that the tyrannosaur dies within the next 2.5 days is P (N 1 = ) + P(N 1 = 1, N 2 = ) = e 1 + e 1 e 1 =.53. Problem 5.3. (# 11, November 21). For a tyrannosaur with 1, calories stored: (i) The tyrannosaur uses calories uniformly at a rate of 1, per day. If his stored calories reach, he dies. (ii) The tyrannosaur eats scientists (1, calories each) at a Poisson rate of 1 per day. (iii) The tyrannosaur eats only scientists. (iv) The tyrannosaur can store calories without limit until needed. Calculate the expected calories eaten in the next 2.5 days. (A) 17,8 (B) 18,8 (C) 19,8 (D) 2,8 (E) 21,8

16 66 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES Solution: Let X 1 be the number of scientists eating in the first day. Let X 2 be the number of scientists eating in the second day. Let X 2.5 be the number of scientists eating in the first half of the third day. Let A 1 be the event that the tyrannosaur survives the first day. Let A 2 be the event that the tyrannosaur survives the second day. first day. We have that E[X 1 ] = 1, E[X 2 ] = P (A 1 )E[X 2 A 1 ] = P (A 1 ) = P (N(1) 1)1 e 1, E[X 2.5 ] = P (A 2 )E[X 2.5 A 2 ] = P (A 2 )(.5) = (1 P (N(1) = ) P (N(1) = 1, P (N(2) N(1) = ))(.5) = (1 e 1 e 2 )(.5) So, the expected calories eaten in the next 2.5 days is 1(1 + 1 e 1 + (1 e 1 e 2 )(.5)) = 1(2.5 (1.5)e 1 (.5)e 2 ) = Exercise Men and women enter a supermarket according to independent Poisson processes having respective rates two and four per minute. Starting at an arbitrary time, compute the probability that at least two men arrive before three women arrive. Exercise Two independent Poisson processes generate events at respective rates λ 1 = 4 and λ 2 = 5. Calculate the probability that 3 events from process two occur before 2 events from process one. Exercise Events occur according to a Poisson process with 2 expected occurrences per hour. Calculate the probability that the time of the occurrence of the second event is after one hour. 5.4 Superposition and decomposition of a Poisson process Recall that: Theorem Let X Poisson(λ 1 ) and let Y Poisson(λ 2 ). Suppose that X and Y are independent. Then, X + Y Poisson(λ 1 + λ 2 ). Theorem If {N 1 (t) : t } and {N 2 (t) : t } are two independent Poisson processes with respective rates λ 1 and λ 2. Then, {N 1 (t) + N 2 (t) : t } is a Poisson process with rate λ 1 + λ 2. Proof. Let N(t) = N 1 (t) + N 2 (t). Given t 1 < t 2 < < t m, N 1 (t 1 ), N 1 (t 2 ) N 1 (t 1 ),..., N 1 (t m ) N 1 (t m 1 ), N 2 (t 1 ), N 2 (t 2 ) N 1 (t 1 ),..., N 2 (t m ) N 1 (t m 1 ) are independent r.v. s. So, N(t 1 ), N(t 2 ) N(t 1 ),..., N(t m ) N(t m 1 ) are independent r.v. s. Besides, N 1 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) Poisson(λ 1 (t j t j 1 )) and N 2 (t j ) N 2 (t j 1 ) Poisson(λ 2 (t j t j 1 )). So, N(t j ) N(t j 1 ) Poisson((λ 1 + λ 2 )(t j t j 1 )). Hence, {N(t) : t } is a Poisson processes with rate λ 1 + λ 2. Q.E.D.

17 5.4. SUPERPOSITION AND DECOMPOSITION OF A POISSON PROCESS 67 Theorem Let {N 1 (t) : t } and let {N 2 (t) : t } be two independent Poisson processes with respective rates λ 1 and λ 2. Let λ = λ 1 + λ 2. Then, the conditional distribution of N 1 (t) given N(t) = n is binomial with parameters n and p = λ 1 λ. Proof. We have that P (N 1 (t) = k N(t) = n) = P (N 1(t)=k, N(t)=n) P (N(t)=n) = e λ 1 λ k 1 e λ 2 λ n k 2 k! (n k)! e λ λ n n! = ( n k) p k (1 p) k. = P (N 1(t)=k, N 2 (t)=n k) P (N(t)=n) Q.E.D. Decomposition of a Poisson process Consider a Poisson process {N(t) : t } with rate λ. Suppose that each time an event occurs it is classified as either a type I or a type II event. Suppose further that each event is classified as type I event with probability p or type II event with probability 1 p. Let N 1 (t) denote respectively the number of type I events occurring in [, t]. Let N 2 (t) denote respectively the number of type II events occurring in [, t]. Note that N(t) = N 1 (t) + N 2 (t). Theorem {N 1 (t) : t } and {N 2 (t) : t } are independent Poisson processes with respective rates λ 1 = λp and λ 2 = λ(1 p). Proof. Given t 1 < t 2 < < t m, (N 1 (t 1 ), N 2 (t 1 )), (N 1 (t 2 ) N 1 (t 1 ), N 2 (t 2 ) N 2 (t 1 )),..., (N 1 (t m ) N 1 (t m 1 ), N 1 (t m ) N 1 (t m 1 )), are independent r.v. s. So, we need to prove that for each 1 j m, N 1 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ), N 2 (t j ) N 2 (t j 1 ) are independent and N 1 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) Poisson(λ 1 (t j t j 1 )), N 2 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) Poisson(λ 1 (t j t j 1 )). We have that Hence, P (N 1 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) = n, N 2 (t j ) N 2 (t j 1 ) = m) = P (N(t j ) N(t j 1 ) = n + m, there are n successes in n + m trials) = e λt (λt) n (n+m ) n! n p n q m = e λpt (λpt) n e λqt (λqt) m. n! m! P (N 1 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) = n) = m= P (N 1(t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) = n, N 2 (t j ) N 2 (t j 1 ) = m) = e λpt (λpt) n e λqt (λqt) m m= = e λpt (λpt) n. n! m! n! So, N 1 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) Poisson(λ 1 (t j t j 1 )). Similarly, N 2 (t j ) N 2 (t j 1 ) Poisson(λ 2 (t j t j 1 )). Since P (N 1 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) = n, N 2 (t j ) N 2 (t j 1 ) = m) = P (N 1 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) = n)p (N 2 (t j ) N 2 (t j 1 ) = m) N 1 (t j ) N 1 (t j 1 ) and N 2 (t j ) N 2 (t j 1 ) are independent. Q.E.D. Exercise Arrivals of customers into a store follow a Poisson process with rate λ = 2 arrivals per hour. Suppose that the probability that a customer buys something is p =.3. (a) Find the expected number of sales made during an eight-hour business day.

18 68 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES (b) Find the probability that 1 or more sales are made in one hour. (c) Find the expected time of the first sale of the day. If the store opens at 8 a.m. Answer: Let N 1 (t) be the number of arrivals who buy something. Let N 2 (t) be the number of arrivals who do not buy something. N 1 and N 2 are two independent Poisson processes. The rate for N 1 is λ 1 = λp = (2)(.3) = 6. The rate for N 2 is λ 1 = λ(1 p) = (2)(.7) = 14. (a) E[X 1 ](8) = (8)(6) = 48. (b) P (N 1 1) = 1 9 j= P (N 1 = j) = 1 9 e 6 6 j j=. j! (c) E[T 1,1 ] = 1 λ 1 = 1 hours or 1 minutes. The expected time of the first sale is 8 : 1 a.m. 6 Exercise Cars pass a point on the highway at a Poisson rate of one car per minute. If 5 % of the cars on the road are vans, then (a) What is the probability that at least one van passes by during an hour? (b) Given that 1 vans have passed by in an hour, what is the expected number of cars to have passed by in that time. (c) If 5 cars have passed by in an hour, what is the probability that five of them were vans. Exercise 5.4. Motor vehicles arrive at a bridge toll gate according to a Poisson process with rate λ = 2 vehicles per minute. The drivers pay tolls of \$1, \$2 or \$5 depending on which of the three weight classes their vehicles belong. Assuming that the vehicles arriving at the gate belong to classes 1, 2, and 3 with probabilities 1 2, 1 3 and 1 6. (a) Find the mean and the variance of the amount in dollars collected in any given hour. (b) Estimate the probability that \$2 or more is collected in one hour. Exercise The number of vehicles passing in front of a restaurant follows the Poisson distribution with mean 6 vehicles/hour. In general 1% of all vehicles stop at the restaurant. The number of passengers in a car is 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 with respective probabilities:.3,.3,.2,.1, and.1. (a) Find the mean and the variance of the number of passengers entering the car in a period of 8 hours. (b) Find the probability that the number of people entering the restaurant in a period of 8 hours is more than 1 people Exercise Motor vehicles arrive at a bridge toll gate according to a Poisson process with rate λ = 2 vehicles per minute. The drivers pay tolls of \$1, \$2 or \$5 depending on which of three weight classes their vehicles belong. Assuming that the vehicles arriving at the gate belong to classes 1, 2, and 3 with probabilities 1, 1 and 1, respectively, find: (a) The mean and the variance of the amount in dollars collected in any given hour. (b) The probability that exactly \$5 is collected in a period of 2 minutes. (c) The probability that the waiting time until the second vehicle paying \$5 vehicles is more than 1 minutes. Exercise The arrival of customer at an ice cream parlor is a Poisson process with a rate λ = 2 customers per hour. Every customer orders one and only one ice cream. There are 3 sizes for the ice cream: small, medium and large. The probability that a customer wants a small, medium and large ice cream are 1, 1 and 1, respectively. The prices of the ice creams 6 3 2

19 5.4. SUPERPOSITION AND DECOMPOSITION OF A POISSON PROCESS 69 are: \$1 for the small ice cream, \$2 for the medium ice cream, \$3 for the large ice cream. (i) Find the probability that the first ice cream is sold before 2 minutes. (ii) Find the mean and the variance of the total amount of money collected in a job turn of 8 hours. Exercise The arrival of customer at an ice cream parlor is a Poisson process with a rate 2 customer per hour. Every customer orders one and only one ice cream. There are only two choices for the flavor: chocolate and vanilla. Forty % of the customers order vanilla and 6 % of the customers order chocolate. (i) Find the probability that the first ice cream sold is a chocolate ice cream. (ii) Find the probability that two or more chocolate ice creams are sold before the first vanilla ice cream is sold. Problem 5.4. (# 2, May, 2). Lucky Tom finds coins on his way to work at a Poisson rate of.5 coins/minute. The denominations are randomly distributed: (i) 6% of the coins are worth 1; (ii) 2% of the coins are worth 5; and (iii) 2% of the coins are worth 1. Calculate the conditional expected value of the coins Tom found during his one-hour walk today, given that among the coins he found exactly ten were worth 5 each. (A) 18 (B) 115 (C) 128 (D) 165 (E) 18 Solution: Let N 1 (t) be the number of coins of value 1 found until time t. Let N 2 (t) be the number of coins of value 5 found until time t. Let N 3 (t) be the number of coins of value 1 found until time t. Then, N 1, N 2 and N 3 are independent Poisson processes. Let λ 1, λ 2, λ 3 be their respective rates. We have that We need to find λ 1 =.5(.6) =.3, λ 2 =.5(.2) =.1, λ 3 =.5(.2) =.1. E[N 1 (6) + 5N 2 (6) + 1N 3 (6) N 2 (6) = 1] = (6)(.3) + (5)(1) + (1)(6)(.1) = 128 Problem 5.5. (# 11, November, 2). Customers arrive at a service center in accordance with a Poisson process with mean 1 per hour. There are two servers, and the service time for each server is exponentially distributed with a mean of 1 minutes. If both servers are busy, customers wait and are served by the first available server. Customers always wait for service, regardless of how many other customers are in line. Calculate the percent of the time, on average, when there are no customers being served. (A).8% (B) 3.9% (C) 7.2% (D) 9.1% (E) 12.7% Solution:.999 Problem 5.6. (# 1, May, 2). Taxicabs leave a hotel with a group of passengers at a Poisson rate λ = 1 per hour. The number of people in each group taking a cab is independent and has the following probabilities:

20 7 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES Number of People Probability Using the normal approximation, calculate the probability that at least 15 people leave the hotel in a cab during a 72-hour period. (A).6 (B).65 (C).7 (D).75 (E).8 Solution: Let N 1 (t) be the number of taxicabs leaving a hotel with exactly one person until time t. Let N 2 (t) be the number of taxicabs leaving a hotel with exactly two persons until time t. Let N 3 (t) be the number of taxicabs leaving a hotel with exactly three persons until time t. Then, N 1, N 2 and N 3 are independent Poisson processes. Let λ 1, λ 2, λ 3 be their respective rates. We have that λ 1 = (1)(.6) = 6, λ 2 = (1)(.3) = 3, λ 3 = (1)(.1) = 1. Let Y be the number of people who leave the hotel in 72 hours. Then, Y = N 1 (72)+2N 2 (72)+ 3N 3 (72) be their respective rates. We have that E[Y ] = E[N 1 (72) + 2N 2 (72) + 3N 3 (72)] = (72)(6) + (2)(72)(3) + (3)(72)(1) = 18 Var(Y ) = Var(N 1 (72) + 2N 2 (72) + 3N 3 (72)) = Var(N 1 (72)) + 4Var(N 2 (72)) + 9Var(N 3 (72)) = (72)(6) + (4)(72)(3) + (9)(72)(1) = 1944 So, P(Y 15) P (N(, 1) ) = P (N(, 1).68) =.75 Problem 5.7. (# 36, May 21). The number of accidents follows a Poisson distribution with mean 12. Each accident generates 1, 2, or 3 claimants with probabilities 1 2, 1 3, 1 6, respectively. Calculate the variance in the total number of claimants. (A) 2 (B) 25 (C) 3 (D) 35 (E) 4 Solution: Let X 1 be the number of accidents which generate 1 claimant. Let X 2 be the number of accidents which generate 2 claimants. Let X 3 be the number of accidents which generate 3 claimants. Then, X 1, X 2 and X 3 are independent Poisson r.v. s. Their respective rates are 6, 4 and 2. Let λ 1, λ 2, λ 3 be their respective rates. We have that Var(X 1 + 2X 2 + 3X 3 ) = Var(X 1 ) + 4Var(X 2 ) + 9Var(X 3 ) = 6 + (4)(4) + (9)(2) = 4 Problem 5.8. (# 29, November 2). Job offers for a college graduate arrive according to a Poisson process with mean 2 per month. A job offer is acceptable if the wages are at least 28,. Wages offered are mutually independent and follow a lognormal distribution with µ = 1.12 and σ =.12 Calculate the probability that it will take a college graduate more than 3 months to receive an acceptable job offer. (A).27 (B).39 (C).45 (D).58 (E).61 Solution: Let W be the job offer. We have that P (W 28) = P(ln W ln 28) = P(N(, 1) = P (N(, 1) 1) = (ln 28) )

21 5.4. SUPERPOSITION AND DECOMPOSITION OF A POISSON PROCESS 71 Let N 1 (t) be the number of acceptable jobs received until time t months. N 1 has rate λ 1 = (2)(.1587) = let T 1,1 be the time where the first acceptable job offer is received. We need to find P (T 1,1 > 3) = P (N(3) = ) = e (3)(.3174) = Problem 5.9. (# 23, November 2). Workers compensation claims are reported according to a Poisson process with mean 1 per month. The number of claims reported and the claim amounts are independently distributed. 2% of the claims exceed 3,. Calculate the number of complete months of data that must be gathered to have at least a 9% chance of observing at least 3 claims each exceeding 3,. (A) 1 (B) 2 (C) 3 (D) 4 (E) 5 Solution: Let N 1 (t) be the number of claims exceeding 3 received until time t months. N 1 has rate λ 1 = (1)(.2) = 2. We have that So, the answer is 3. P (N(2) 3) = 1 e 4 ( ) =.761, 2 P (N(3) 3) = 1 e 6 ( ) =.93, 2 Problem 5.1. (# 23, Sample Test). You are given: A loss occurrence in excess of 1 billion may be caused by a hurricane, an earthquake, or a fire. Hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires occur independently of one another. The number of hurricanes causing a loss occurrence in excess of 1 billion in a oneyear period follows a Poisson distribution. The expected amount of time between such hurricanes is 2. years. The number of earthquakes causing a loss occurrence in excess of 1 billion in a oneyear period follows a Poisson distribution. The expected amount of time between such earthquakes is 5. years. The number of fires causing a loss occurrence in excess of 1 billion in a one-year period follows a Poisson distribution. The expected amount of time between such fires is 1. years. Determine the expected amount of time between loss occurrences in excess of 1 billion. Solution: Let N 1 (t) be the number of hurricanes causing a loss occurrence in excess of 1 billion until time t years. Let N 2 (t) be the number of earthquakes causing a loss occurrence in excess of 1 billion until time t years. Let N 3 (t) be the number of fires causing a loss occurrence in excess of 1 billion until time t years. N 1, N 2, N 3 are 3 independent Poisson processes with respective rates λ 1 = 1, λ 2 2 = 1, λ 5 3 = 1. Let N(t) = N 1 1(t) + N 2 (t) + N 3 (t). N has rate function λ = λ 1 + λ 2 + λ 3 = = 4. The expected amount of time between loss occurrences in excess of 1 billion is 5 =

22 72 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES Problem (# 6, November 2). An insurance company has two insurance portfolios. Claims in Portfolio P occur in accordance with a Poisson process with mean 3 per year. Claims in portfolio Q occur in accordance with a Poisson process with mean 5 per year. The two processes are independent. Calculate the probability that 3 claims occur in Portfolio P before 3 claims occur in Portfolio Q. (A).28 (B).33 (C).38 (D).43 (E).48 Solution: Let N 1 (t) be the number of claims in portfolio P occur in until time t years. Let N 2 (t) be the number of claims in portfolio Q occur in until time t years. N 1, N 2 are two independent Poisson processes with respective rates λ 1 = 3, λ 2 = 5. Let N(t) = N 1 (t)+n 2 (t). N has rate function λ = λ 1 + λ 2 = = 8. The probability that a claim is from portfolio P is p = 3. Consider the first claims, each claim is independently of the rest of other claims 8 of type P with probability p. So, the probability that 3 claims occur in Portfolio P before 3 claims occur in Portfolio Q is P (3 or more of the first claims are from Portfolio P } = P(Binom(5, 3/8) 3) = ( ) 5 3 (3/8) 3 (5/8) 2 + ( ) 5 4 (3/8) 4 (5/8) 1 + ( 5 3) (3/8) 5 (5/8) =.2752 Problem (# 19, November 21). A Poisson claims process has two types of claims, Type I and Type II. (i) The expected number of claims is 3. (ii) The probability that a claim is Type I is 1/3. (iii) Type I claim amounts are exactly 1 each. (iv) The variance of aggregate claims is 2,1,. Calculate the variance of aggregate claims with Type I claims excluded. (A) 1,7, (B) 1,8, (C) 1,9, (D) 2,, (E) 2,1, Solution: Let C 1 and let C 2 be the amount of claims of type I and II, respectively. C 1 and C 2 are independent r.v. s. Let N 1 be the number of claims of type I. N 1 has a Poisson distribution with parameter 3(1/3) = 1. We have that C 1 = 1N 1. So, Var(C 1 ) = (1) 2 (1) = 1. So, Var(C 2 ) = 21 1 = 2. Problem (# 4, May 21). Lucky Tom finds coins on his way to work at a Poisson rate of.5 coins per minute. The denominations are randomly distributed: (i) 6% of the coins are worth 1; (ii) 2% of the coins are worth 5; (iii) 2% of the coins are worth 1. Calculate the variance of the value of the coins Tom finds during his one-hour walk to work. (A) 379 (B) 487 (C) 566 (D) 67 (E) 768 Solution: Let N 1 (t) be the number of coins of value 1 which Tom finds until time t minutes. Let N 2 (t) be the number of coins of value 5 which Tom finds until time t minutes. Let N 3 (t) be the number of coins of value 1 which Tom finds until time t minutes. N 1, N 2 are two independent Poisson processes with respective rates λ 1 = (.5)(.6) =.3, λ 2 = (.5)(.2) =.1, λ 2 = (.5)(.2) =.1.

24 74 CHAPTER 5. POISSON PROCESSES Problem (# 15, November 22). Bob is an overworked underwriter. Applications arrive at his desk at a Poisson rate of 6 per day. Each application has a 1/3 chance of being a bad risk and a 2/3 chance of being a good risk. Since Bob is overworked, each time he gets an application he flips a fair coin. If it comes up heads, he accepts the application without looking at it. If the coin comes up tails, he accepts the application if and only if it is a good risk. The expected profit on a good risk is 3 with variance 1,. The expected profit on a bad risk is -1 with variance 9,. Calculate the variance of the profit on the applications he accepts today. (A) 4,, (B) 4,5, (C) 5,, (D) 5,5, (E) 6,, Solution: Let N 1 (t) be the number of good risk applications Bob accepts in t days. N 1 is a Poisson process with rate λ 1 = 4. Let N 2 (t) be the number of bad risk applications Bob accepts in t days. N 2 is a Poisson process with rate λ 2 = (6)(1/3)(1/2) = 1. Let {X j } be the amount of the good risk. Let {Y j } be the amount of the good bad. The amount of the applications Bob accepts today are U = N 1 (1) j=1 X j + N 2 (1) j=1 Y j. So, var(u) = E[N 1 (1)]E[X 2 ] + E[N 2 (1)]E[Y 2 ] = (4)(1) + (1)(1) = Nonhomogenous of a Poisson process Definition (Definition 1) The counting process {N(t) : t } is said to be a nonhomogenous Poisson process with intensity function λ(t), t, if (i) N() =. (ii) {N(t) : t } has independent increments. (iii) P (N(t + h) N(t) 2) = o(h). (iv) P (N(t + h) N(t) = 1) = λ(t)h + o(h). Definition (Definition 1) The counting process {N(t) : t } is said to be a nonhomogenous Poisson process with intensity function λ(t), t, if (i) N() =. (ii) For each t >, N(t) has a Poisson distribution with mean m(t) = t λ(s) ds. (iii) For each t 1 < t 2 < < t m, N(t 1 ), N(t 2 ) N(t 1 ),..., N(t m ) N(t m 1 ) are independent r.v. s. m(t) is the mean value function of the non homogeneous Poisson process. It follows from the previous definition that for each t 1 < t 2 < < t m and each integers k 1,..., k m, P (N(t 1 ) = k 1, N(t 2 ) = k 2,..., N(t m ) = k m ) = P (N(t 1 ) = k 1, N(t 2 ) N(t 1 ) = k 1 k 1,..., N(t m ) N(t m 1 ) = k m k m 1 ) = e m(t 1 ) (m(t 1 )) k 1 k 1! e (m(t 2 ) m(t 1 )) (m(t 2 ) (m(t 1 )) k 2 k 1 (k 2 k 1 )! e (m(tm) m(t m 1)) (m(t m) m(t m 1 )) km k m 1 (k m k m 1 )!, If λ(t) = λ, for each t, we have an homogeneous Poisson process.

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