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I want to calculate the probability of a discrete random variable. First I defined the function:

pw = Piecewise[{{1/8, x == 1}, {2/8, x == 2}, {5/8, x == 3}}, 0];

Next I used the following:

Probability[x <= 2.1, x \[Distributed] pw]

But this doesn't return an answer, am I doing something wrong?

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pw is not a probability distribution. Use

pw = EmpiricalDistribution[{1/8, 2/8, 5/8} -> {1, 2, 3}]

to get

Probability[x <= 2.1, x \[Distributed] pw]

3/8

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pw = Piecewise[{{1/8, x == 1}, {2/8, x == 2}, {5/8, x == 3}}, 0];
pd = ProbabilityDistribution[pw, {x, 0, Infinity, 1}];

Probability[x <= 2.1, x \[Distributed] pd]

0.375

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