Chapter 12. The Poisson Distribution

  1. Richard Boddy and
  2. Gordon Smith

Published Online: 10 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470749296.ch12

Statistical Methods in Practice: for Scientists and Technologists

Statistical Methods in Practice: for Scientists and Technologists

How to Cite

Boddy, R. and Smith, G. (2009) The Poisson Distribution, in Statistical Methods in Practice: for Scientists and Technologists, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470749296.ch12

Author Information

  1. Statistics for Industry, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 AUG 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470746646

Online ISBN: 9780470749296

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Keywords:

  • Poisson distribution - distribution describing discrete data;
  • fitting a Poisson distribution;
  • Accord Ltd and sub-standard rolls;
  • dye-fleck frequency distribution;
  • ‘event’, a dye-fleck and ‘interval’, a roll of fabric;
  • dye-flecks after Poisson distribution;
  • Crunch or Poisson probabilities and probability of r defects;
  • Poisson dispersion test;
  • confidence intervals for Poisson count;
  • Silicaceous Ltd and black specks

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Fitting a Poisson distribution

  • Are the defects random? The Poisson distribution

  • Poisson dispersion test

  • Confidence intervals for a Poisson count

  • A significance test for two Poisson counts

  • How many black specks are in the batch?

  • How many pathogens are there in the batch?

  • Problems