





Hypergeowhat?
The "simple" answer is that hypergeometric distributions are a type of
statistics problem. Unfortunately this answer doesn't mean much. The basic
example of this problem is the
urn problem.
Essentially you're looking at a container filled with marbles, some white
and some black, drawing some number out, and getting the odds of each
combination of black vs. white marbles. Read more on my explanation page.
Update
Curious how the hypergeometric distribution is used in the real world?
Check out a
realworld use case from Matthew Healy.
Compute your own odds!
Put in any numbers you want for marbles, white marbles, and draws, and I'll
show you the (fairly) exact odds of all possible situations occurring. Note
that for processing speed concerns (as well as inability to show data
nicely), you can't put in very large numbers (max. of
1500 marbles,
1000 white, and
1000 draws). Note also that I'm using my C++ code, not
my Ruby code (see below for a link to the source), so this thing should
scream.
Source code:
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