- Bernoulli trial
In the theory of

probability andstatistics , a**Bernoulli trial**is an experiment whose outcome is random and can be either of two possible outcomes, "success" and "failure".In practice it refers to a single

experiment which can have one of two possible outcomes. These events can be phrased into "yes or no" questions:*Did the coin land "heads"?

*Was the newborn child a girl?

*Were a person's eyes green?

*Did a mosquito die after the area was sprayed with insecticide?

*Did a potential customer decide to buy a product?

*Did a citizen vote for a specific candidate?

*Did an employee vote pro-union?Therefore success and failure are labels for outcomes, and should not be construed literally. Examples of Bernoulli trials include

*Flipping a coin. In this context, obverse ("heads") conventionally denotes success and reverse ("tails") denotes failure. A

fair coin has the probability of success 0.5 by definition.

*Rolling a die, where a six is "success" and everything else a "failure".

*In conducting a political opinion poll, choosing a voter at random to ascertain whether that voter will vote "yes" in an upcoming referendum.Mathematically, such a trial is modeled by a

random variable which can take only two values, 0 and 1, with 1 being thought of as "success". If "p" is the probability of success, then theexpected value of such a random variable is "p" and itsstandard deviation is:$sqrt\{p(1-p)\}.,$

A

Bernoulli process consists of repeatedly performing independent but identical Bernoulli trials.The process of determining an expectation value and deviation, based on a limited number of Bernoulli trials is colloquially known as "

checking if a coin is fair ".**ee also***

Bernoulli distribution

*Bernoulli scheme

*Bernoulli sampling

*Binomial Distribution

*Poisson sampling

*Sampling design

*Coin flipping

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