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Let X and Y be exponential random variables with parameters 1 and 2 respectively. Another random variable Z is defined as follows. A coin, with probability p of Heads (and probability 1 − p of Tails) is tossed. Define Z by Z = X if the coin turns Heads = Y if the coin turns Tails Find P(1<=Z<=2).

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Hint: The answer will be $pa+(1-p)b$, where $a$ is the probability that an exponential with mean $1$ lies between $1$ and $2$, and $b$ is the probability that an exponential with mean $2$ lies between $1$ and $2$.

The calculation of $a$ and $b$ can be done by integration, or by recalling the formula for the cumulative distribution function of the exponential with parameter $\lambda$.

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Thanks. for your answer –  Argha Jul 16 '12 at 10:57
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