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Probability of events for a Poisson distribution

An event can occur 0, 1, 2, … times in an interval. The average number of events in an interval is designated $\lambda$ (lambda). Lambda is the event rate, also called the rate parameter. The probability of observing $k$ events in an interval is given by the equation

where

- is the average number of events per interval
*e*is the number 2.71828... (Euler's number) the base of the natural logarithms*k*takes values 0, 1, 2, …*k*! =*k*× (*k*− 1) × (*k*− 2) × … × 2 × 1 is the factorial of*k*.

here $k=0 , \lambda =\frac{45\times 20}{60} =15$ (avg no of events in 45 minutes =15, since rate is 20 request per hr )

so probability of no request in 45 min is,

$P(0)=\frac{15^0 e^{-15}}{0!}=e^{-15}$

hence ans is A