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The Poisson Distribution

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The Learning Resource Center at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, IL serves as an excellent resource for students, faculty and community members (see the related example). The Research and Planning department of the college desires to test their model against actual data so they obtain the following information:

Number  of patrons served

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Number of occurrences

2

3

6

9

10

15

15

11

10

8

4

3

2

1

1

Note: 4 patrons per minute occurred 2 times, 5 patrons per minute occurred 3 times, 6 patrons per minute occurred 6 times, etc.

They decide to perform a goodness-of-fit test for the Poisson model.

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