The Fcdf( Command

Command Summary

Calculates the F-distribution probability betwen lower and upper for specified numerator and denominator degrees of freedom.

Command Syntax

Fcdf(lower, upper, numerator df, denominator df

Press:

1. 2ND DISTR to access the distribution menu
2. 9 to select Fcdf(, or use arrows.

Press 0 instead of 9 on a TI-84+/SE with OS 2.30 or higher.

TI-83/84/+/SE

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Fcdf( is the F-distribution cumulative density function. If some random variable follows this distribution, you can use this command to find the probability that this variable will fall in the interval you supply.

The arguments lower and upper express the interval you're interested in. The arguments numerator df and denominator df, often written d1 and d2, specify the F-distribution, written as F(d1,d2).

Often, you want to find a "tail probability" - a special case for which the interval has no lower or no upper bound. For example, "what is the probability x is greater than 2?". The TI-83+ has no special symbol for infinity, but you can use E99 to get a very large number that will work equally well in this case (E is the decimal exponent obtained by pressing [2nd] [EE]). Use E99 for positive infinity, and -E99 for negative infinity.

# Formulas

As with other continuous distributions, Fcdf( can be expressed in terms of the probability density function:

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\begin{align} \operatorname{Fcdf}(a,b,d_1,d_2) = \int_a^b \operatorname{Fpdf}(x,d_1,d_2) \, dx \end{align}

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