I am going through Principles of Statistics in order to build a more respectable statistical knowledge. When I got to problem 2.6 I though it was computational heavy for such a lazy person such as I. Apparently I am not alone in that thinking.

The result is that I ended building a scheme version of the code

found in the above page. It was a very interesting exercise. You

can see the problem and the code below:

#lang racket ;; In a certain survey of the work of chemical research workers, it was ;; found, on the basis of extensive data, that on average each man ;; required no fume cupboard for 60 per cent of his time, one cupboard ;; for 30 per cent and two cupboards for 10 per cent; three or more were ;; never required. If a group of four chemists worked independently of ;; one another, how many fume cupboards should be availabe in order to ;; provode adequate facilities for at least 95 per cent of the time? (require "cartesian-product.rkt" rackunit rackunit/text-ui) (define probability-of-cupboards #hash((0 . 0.6) (1 . 0.3) (2 . 0.1))) ;; how-many-cupboards-for-% : integer number hash -> number ;; given a minimum % and a table of probabilities, find the number of ;; cupboards that will be adequated for the number of people given. (define (how-many-cupboards-for-% number-of-people minimum-% table-of-probabilities) (local [(define possibilities (sort (hash-keys table-of-probabilities) <)) (define (accumulate-trials-probabilities trials accumulated-probabilities) (if (empty? trials) accumulated-probabilities (accumulate-trials-probabilities (rest trials) (update-or-insert-probability accumulated-probabilities (foldl (λ (x y) (+ x y)) 0 (first trials)) (foldl (λ (trial-event probability-of-trial) (* (hash-ref table-of-probabilities trial-event) probability-of-trial)) 1.0 (first trials))))))] (probability-table->result-with-%-greater-than (accumulate-trials-probabilities (cartesian-product (make-list number-of-people possibilities)) (hash)) minimum-%))) ;; probability-table->result-with-%-greater-than : hash number -> number or false ;; takes a probability table with the accumulated results, adds up then ;; in sequence until it surpasses the threshold. False if there is no it never ;; surpasses the threshold. (define (probability-table->result-with-%-greater-than table minimum-%) (define (accumulate-result list-of-possibilities acc-probability (last-probability #f)) (cond ((empty? list-of-possibilities) (if (< acc-probability minimum-%) #f last-probability)) ((> acc-probability minimum-%) last-probability) (else (accumulate-result (rest list-of-possibilities) (+ (hash-ref table (first list-of-possibilities)) acc-probability) (first list-of-possibilities))))) (accumulate-result (sort (hash-keys table) <) 0)) ;; update-or-insert-probability : hash integer number -> hash (define (update-or-insert-probability table cupboard-number probability) (hash-update table cupboard-number (λ (old-probability) (+ old-probability probability)) 0)) (define-test-suite cupboards (check-equal? (how-many-cupboards-for-% 4 0.95 probability-of-cupboards) 4) (check-equal? (probability-table->result-with-%-greater-than #hash((0 . 0.1296) (1 . 0.2592) (2 . 0.2808) (3 . 0.1944) (4 . 0.094) (5 . 0.0324)) 0.94) 4) (check-equal? (probability-table->result-with-%-greater-than #hash() 0.0) #f) (check-equal? (probability-table->result-with-%-greater-than #hash((0 . 0.4) (1 . 0.2)) 0.7) #f)) (run-tests cupboards)