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How can I show if $\displaystyle\bar{x}=\sum_{i=1}^n{x_ip_i}$ , then


is true?

(This claim is from page 96 of the book, "Cauchy-Schwarz Master Class".)

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I've tagged this inequality, since this is a part of a longer proof, which includes Jensen in several places. If you can think of better tags, feel free to retag. – Martin Sleziak Dec 14 '11 at 8:28

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The first way that comes to mind is to show that both are equal to $\displaystyle \left(\sum_{i=1}^n p_ix_i^2\right)-\bar x^2$ by multiplying out and performing the sums where possible.

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+1. Yes, this seems to work. – Henry B. Jul 20 '11 at 2:38

This is an instance of a more general identity. Let $X$ be some random variable, and $X_1,X_2$ two independent copies of it. Then $$ V[X] = \frac{1}{2}E[(X_1-X_2)^2]. $$ This can be seen in many ways. For example, $$ \begin{align*} E[(X_1-X_2)^2] &= E[((X_1-E[X])-(X_2-E[X]))^2] \\ &= E[(X_1-E[X])^2] + E[(X_2-E[x])^2] + 2E[X_1-E[X]]E[X_2-E[X]] \\ &= 2V[X]. \end{align*} $$

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