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If they add up to 1, those could be probabilities or proportions.

so x from 0 to 5 are not "the prisoners"

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I guess I don't understand what x is...sigh

It is a little strangely worded, but it says that x is number out of 5, so x itself is a proportion.

e.g. x=3 means 3 out of the 5 prisoners up for parole will be repeat offenders.

\[\frac05\] why is there are chance for repeat offense?

probability I mean

*shrug* that's just what they are measuring here.

*of

OOHHHHHH....LOL! That makes much more sense! haha

5 are out on parole at all time I guess

It's just an average 'per 5' basis. There could be 100 parolees, so x=3 means 60 out of 100.

one last thing...

the probability that 5/5 parolees will re-offend is very slim? highly unlikely?

(Practically a sure thing to get 5 out of 5,000, not 5,000 out of 5,000 that is)

Yep makes sense. Thank you once again!

My pleasure.

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