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Suppose $p$ is the number of cars per minute passing through a certain road junction between 5 PM and 6 PM, and $p$ has a Poisson distribution with mean $3$. What is the probability of observing fewer than 3 cars during any given minute in this interval?

(A) $8/(2e^{3})$

(B) $9/(2e^{3})$

(C) $17/(2e^{3})$

(D) $26/(2e^{3})$
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Poisson Probability Density Function (with mean $\lambda$) = $\lambda^{k} / (e^{\lambda}k!)$,

We have to sum the probability density function for $k = 0,1$ and $2$ and $\lambda$ = 3 (thus finding the cumulative mass function)

=$(1/e^3) + (3/e^3) + (9/2e^3)$

=$17/(2e^{3})$
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