# st: RE: probability question

 From "Visintainer PhD, Paul" To "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" Subject st: RE: probability question Date Wed, 28 Oct 2009 08:48:46 -0400

```I'm probably thinking of this too simplistically, but wouldn't this just be a Fisher's exact test?

. tabi 3 1 \ 4 112, exact   /* where col = rain and row = hat */

|          col
row |         1          2 |     Total
-----------+----------------------+----------
1 |         3          1 |         4
2 |         4        112 |       116
-----------+----------------------+----------
Total |         7        113 |       120

Fisher's exact =                 0.000
1-sided Fisher's exact =                 0.000

. return list

scalars:
r(p1_exact) =  .0004857223202188
r(p_exact) =  .0004857223202188
r(c) =  2
r(r) =  2
r(N) =  120

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Paul F. Visintainer, PhD

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From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Richard Goldstein
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 8:38 AM
To: statalist
Subject: st: probability question

it's been a long time since I thought about questions like this, but, as
a lead-in to a study, a client has asked the following question which he
thinks he understands and says is related to where he wants to go:

during a consecutive period of 120 days, if it rains on 7 days and my
client wears a hat on 4 days (these are independent of any knowledge of
the weather), what is the probability that it will rain on 3 of the days
on which he is wearing a hat?

my client swears that this is not a homework problem for him or his wife
or one of their kids!

Rich
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