### Video Transcript

Imagine that you own a movie
theater and you’re planning a special horror-movie film festival next month. To decide which horror movies to
show, you survey moviegoers asking them which of the listed movies are their
favorites. To create the list of movies needed
for your survey, you decide to sample 50 of the 1,000 best horror movies of all
time. What is the probability that a
certain movie is selected, same for each horror movie?

In this example, we’re asked to
find the probability that a certain movie is selected for the list of horror movies
needed for the survey. To do this, let’s extract the
relevant information from the question. The first thing to note is that we
want to create a list of movies for the survey. Secondly, we note that the list
will contain a sample of 50 of the best 1,000 horror movies of all time. So we’re going to select 50 out of
a total of 1,000 movies. We’re told that the probability
will be the same for each horror movie. This tells us that our sampling
method in selecting the 50 movies will be simple random sampling. That’s because in a simple random
sample, every member of the population must have an equal chance of selection.

The probability that a particular
movie is selected at random for the sample out of the population of 1,000 movies is
then given by the sample size divided by the total population. In our case, the required sample
size is 50, so the probability a certain movie is selected is 50 over 1,000. As a decimal, this is equal to
0.05. Hence, the probability that a
certain movie is selected for the sample of 50 from 1,000 movies is 0.05.