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Hypergeometric Experiment

A hypergeometric experiment is a statistical experiment that has the following properties:

  • A sample of size n is randomly selected without replacement from a population of N items.
  • In the population, k items can be classified as successes, and N - k items can be classified as failures.

Consider the following statistical experiment. You have an urn of 10 marbles - 5 red and 5 green. You randomly select 2 marbles without replacement and count the number of red marbles you have selected. This would be an example of a hypergeometric experiment.

See also:   Statistics Tutorial: Hypergeometric Probability | Hypergeometric Calculator