# Probabilistic calulation of the Fourier transform of the Cantor function

This is on the same theme as in this post, where the Fourier transform was derived using simple function.

Let $f:[0,1] \to [0,1]$ be the Cantor function.
Then $f$ is the cumulative distribution of a Cantor distributed random variable $$X=\sum_{n=1}^\infty 3^{-n} Y_n$$ where the $Y_n$ are i.i.d. and takes values $0$ and $2$ with equal probability.

In this MO post, it is stated that $$E(e^{itY_n})=e^{it/2}\cos(3^{-n} t).$$

How do we get that? I have $$E(e^{itY_n})=\frac{e^{it2/3^n}+1}{2}.$$

Also, it is stated in the post that $$\hat f(t)=\frac{1}{it} -\frac{1}{it}\hat {f'}(t).$$

How do we get this one? I thought $$\hat f(t)=\frac{1}{it}\hat {f'}(t)$$ only.

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It makes sense to link to closely related questions that you asked before, since it provides more context and may allow people to build on what's already been done. – joriki Oct 25 '12 at 12:00
@joriki I though this was done automatically somehow. Thanks for notifying me that I should do it explicitly. – Nicolas Essis-Breton Oct 25 '12 at 13:04