For questions relating to Poisson distributions in probability theory. To be used with [probability] or [probability-distributions] tag.

The PMF of a random variable $X$ distributed according to the Poisson distribution with parameter $\lambda > 0$ is the following: $$\Pr\left[X=k\right]=\frac{\lambda^k \exp(-\lambda)}{k!}\;,\; k\geq 0$$ This distribution describes the number of independent events occurring with constant rate in some unit time, the average being $\lambda$ events per unit.