Bernoulli Process as Negative Binomial Distribution/Second Form

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Let $\sequence {X_i}$ be a Bernoulli process with parameter $p$.

Let $\EE$ be the experiment which consists of performing the Bernoulli trial $X_i$ as many times as it takes to achieve a total of $n$ successes, and then stops.

Let $Y$ be the discrete random variable defining the number of trials before $n$ successes have been achieved.

Then $X$ is modeled by a negative binomial distribution of the second form.


First note that the number of Bernoulli trials has to be at least $n$, so the image is correct: $\Img X = \set {n, n + 1, n + 2, \ldots}$.

Now, note that if $X$ takes the value $x$, then in the first $x - 1$ trials there must have been $n - 1$ successes.

Hence there must have been $x - n$ failures, and so a success happens at trial number $x$.

So the probability of the occurrence of the event $\sqbrk {X = x}$ is given by the binomial distribution, as follows:

$\map {p_X} x = \dbinom {x - 1} {n - 1} \paren {1 - p}^{x - n} p^n$

where $x \in \set {k, k + 1, k + 2, \ldots}$

Hence the result, by definition of second form of the negative binomial distribution.