When $ λ $ is given with a given probablity of $X$, it's a simple program, where for example I can do

f[x_] := 7*Exp[-7 x]
Probability[x > 2, x ≈ ExponentialDistribution[7]] // N 

but what if $X$ is exponentially distributed random variable with some parameter $ λ $. How would you find possible values of $ λ $, if you are only given the probability with its range of $X$ and its probability of getting these ranges $(eg: Pr(0.2≤X≤1.7) = 0.14 )$


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Just use λ instead of 7 in your Probability expression, and solve:

    Probability[.2 ≤ x ≤ 1.7, Distributed[x, ExponentialDistribution[λ]]] == .14,

Solve::ratnz: Solve was unable to solve the system with inexact coefficients. The answer was obtained by solving a corresponding exact system and numericizing the result.

{{λ -> 0.102807}, {λ -> 9.83056}}

  • $\begingroup$ NSolve works best $\endgroup$
    – mastud89
    Apr 11, 2018 at 3:59

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