Posted by darius on .
A police department reports that the probabilities that 0, 1, 2, and 3 burglaries will be reported in a given day are 0.50, 0.41, 0.05, and 0.04, respectively. Find the standard deviation for the probability distribution. Round answer to the nearest hundredth.

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MathGuru,
Your data:
X P(X)
0 0.50
1 0.41
2 0.05
3 0.04
Here's a formula for the mean:
SUM[X * P(X)]
(Take each X times its respective P(X), then sum for a total. This will be your mean.)
Here's a formula for the standard deviation:
SQRT of {SUM[X^2 * P(X)]  mean^2}
(Square each X. Take each X^2 times its respective P(X), then sum for a total. Subtract mean^2 from this value. Then take the square root of that result. This will be your standard deviation.)
I hope this will help get you started. 
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steve,
0.57