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8.2 Estimating Likelihood

8.2 Estimating Likelihood
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  • 17. Football

    The graph shows the positions of the most valuable players (MVPs) for the first 45 Super Bowls. (Note: There are 46 players in the graph because there were co-MVPs in Super Bowl XII.)

    Find the probability that a quarterback is a Super Bowl MVP. (See Example 5 and Example 6.)

    • Worked-Out Solution

      The total number of MVPs in Super Bowl history is

      Of these, 24 have been quarterbacks. Based on this data, the probability that the most valuable player in a Super Bowl will be a quarterback is

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  • 18. Football

    The graph shows the positions of the most valuable players (MVPs) for the first 45 Super Bowls. (Note: There are 46 players in the graph because there were co-MVPs in Super Bowl XII.)

    Find the probability that an offensive player (quarterback, running back, or wide receiver) is a Super Bowl MVP. (See Example 5 and Example 6.)

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  • 19. Football

    The graph shows the positions of the most valuable players (MVPs) for the first 45 Super Bowls. (Note: There are 46 players in the graph because there were co-MVPs in Super Bowl XII.)

    Find the probability that a defensive or special teams player (defensive lineman, linebacker, safety, cornerback, or kick returner) is a Super Bowl MVP. (See Example 5 and Example 6.)

    • Worked-Out Solution

      The total number of MVPs in Super Bowl history is

      The number of defensive or special teams players is

      Based on this data, the probability that the most valuable player in a Super Bowl will be a defensive or special teams player is

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  • 20. Football

    The graph shows the positions of the most valuable players (MVPs) for the first 45 Super Bowls. (Note: There are 46 players in the graph because there were co-MVPs in Super Bowl XII.)

    How many times more likely is it for a Super Bowl MVP to be a quarterback than a wide receiver? (See Example 5 and Example 6.)

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  • 21. Football

    The graph shows the positions of the most valuable players (MVPs) for the first 45 Super Bowls. (Note: There are 46 players in the graph because there were co-MVPs in Super Bowl XII.)

    How many times more likely is it for a Super Bowl MVP to be a running back than a linebacker? (See Example 5 and Example 6.)

    • Worked-Out Solution

      The total number of MVPs in Super Bowl history is

      Based on this data, find the probabilities that the most valuable player in a Super Bowl will be a running back or a linebacker.

      So, it is about 3.5 times more likely that a Super Bowl MVP will be a running back than a linebacker.

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  • 22. Football

    The graph shows the positions of the most valuable players (MVPs) for the first 45 Super Bowls. (Note: There are 46 players in the graph because there were co-MVPs in Super Bowl XII.)

    How many times more likely is it for a Super Bowl MVP to be a quarterback than a defensive or special teams player? (See Example 5 and Example 6.)

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