# 7 Real Life Examples of the Geometric Distribution

Probability in Real Life > Real Life Examples of the Geometric Distribution

The Geometric distribution tells us the probability of a certain number of failures to get the first success in k Bernoulli trials (where the only two possible outcomes are success or failure). In class, you’re often given an example with dice rolls or choosing a card from a deck; while this can come in handy if you’re a gambler, there are many more interesting real life examples of the geometric distribution.

## List of Real Life Examples of the Geometric Distribution Real life examples of the geometric distribution include modeling failures on a production line.

## References

 Iyer, R. Important Discrete Distributions: Poisson, Geometric, & Modified Geometric. Retrieved November 2, 2021 from: https://courses.engr.illinois.edu/ece313/sp2017/sectionG/Lectures/lec_10.pdf
 Bois, J. (2018). Tutorial 3b: Probability distributions and their stories. Retrieved November 2, 2021 from: http://bois.caltech.edu/dist_stories/t3b_probability_stories.html#Geometric-distribution
 Chapter 3. Discrete Random Variables and Probability Distributions. Retrieved November 2, 2021 from: http://homepage.stat.uiowa.edu/~rdecook/stat2020/notes/ch3_pt4.pdf
 Ilowsky, B. & Dean, S. (2021). 4.5: Geometric Distribution. Retrieved November 2, 2021 from: https://stats.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Introductory_Statistics/Book%3A_Introductory_Statistics_(OpenStax)/04%3A_Discrete_Random_Variables/4.05%3A_Geometric_Distribution

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