# Expected number of retransmissions for a packet

In a communication link out of p packets one packet will be lost. If stop and wait protocol is used then expected number of retransmissions for a packet?

(A) P/(1-P)

(B) P

(C) 1/(1-P)

(D) 1/P

This has already been answered here Stop and Wait retransmission of packets? but I dont have enough reputation to comment there, hence posting this as a separate question.

the expected number of packets you need to send is $$\frac{1}{(1−1/p)}=\frac{p}{(p−1)}$$
• Note that $p$ is number of packets sent. So I don't think that expected number of packets(more specifically $\frac{p}{p-1}$) will be negative. It's gotta be positive in this context and indeed it is. May be you're misinterpreting it as a probability of something. – Vimal Patel Dec 15 '19 at 13:19