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Let X denote the number of times a certain numerical control machine will malfunction: 1, 2, or 3 times on any given day. Let Y denote the number of times a technician is called on an emergency call. Their joint probability distribution is given as

$\begin{matrix} & & & x & \\ \hline & & 1 & 2 & 3 \\ & 1 & 0.05 & 0.05 & 0.10 \\ y & 3 & 0.05 & 0.10 & 0.35 \\ & 5 & 0.00 & 0.20 & 0.10 \end{matrix}$

Find the covariance of the random variables X and Y.

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