Questions about characteristic functions, of a set (which gives $1$ if the element is on the set and $0$ otherwise) or of a random variable (its Fourier transform). Do not use this tag if you are asking about the method of characteristics in PDE or the characteristic polynomial in linear algebra.

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How to show that $\delta_{x_n}\xrightarrow{w}\delta_{x} \iff x_n \to x$

Let $x_n$ be a sequence of reals. Show that $$\delta_{x_n}\xrightarrow{w}\delta_{x} \iff x_n \to x$$ Since the weak convergence is equivalent to pointwise convergence of characteristic functions ...
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Is $\exp(-2\sin^2t)$ a characteristic function?

Is $\exp(-2\sin^2t)$ the characteristic function of some random variable?
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Positive-definite + continuous at 0 $\Rightarrow$ continuous?

Let $F$ be a functional from $L_2(\mathbb{R})$ to $\mathbb{C}$ that is positive-definite*. We also know that $F$ is continuous at $0$. Can we deduce that $F$ is continuous over $L_2(\mathbb{R})$? ...
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Integral of Normal Distribution with imaginary unit

Hi I need some help with the following integral. $$ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \operatorname{e}^{itx} \cdot \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi\sigma^2}} \cdot \operatorname{e}^{\frac{-(x - \mu)^2}{2\sigma^2}} \mathrm ...
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Characteristic function of a stochastic process with stationary and independent increments

Let $(X_t)_{t\geq 0}$ be a stochastic process with independent and stationary increments. I have to show that $E[e^{itX_1}]=\phi^n(t)$ Since increments are independent, I can write ...
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characteristic function of $\sum_i^N X_i$, $N$ is a Poisson distribution

I have a series of $X_i$ random variables, identically and independent distributed. $S_n=\sum_i^N X_i$, with $N$ which has a Poisson distribution and is independent from $X_i$. I have to compute the ...
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Moment-determinacy in multivariate case

Let $X$ be a random vector with probability density $p$. In the scalar case I have learned that if the characteristic function of $X$ is real analytic, then all moments exist and $p$ is determined ...
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What is the set with characteristic function $\chi_A(x) + \chi_B(x)-\chi_A(x)\chi_B(x)$?

Suppose that $A$ and $B$ are subsets of $X$ Find the subset $C$ whose characteristic function is given by: $\chi_C(x)=\chi_A(x) + \chi_B(x)-\chi_A(x)\chi_B(x)$ The answer given is ...
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properties of characteristic function

Let $X,Y$ be two independent random variables having the same distribution, centred and with variance 1, $\phi$ is the characteristic function of $X$ and $Y$. If $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent, show ...
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Characteristic Function of a Spextral Density Function

I am struggling with understanding the link between the Spectral Density Function and the Characteristic Function. In particular, can you find the Characteristic function when only the SPX and ...
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Inequality on characteristic functions (probability theory)

Show that for every real characteristic function $\phi(t)$ we have $$1-\phi(2t) \le 4(1-\phi(t))$$ I am not sure where to begin. It seems I am missing some formula or theorem, or is it really that ...
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$\sum_{k\ge 0} e^{-an} \frac{(an)^k}{k!}f(\frac{k}{n}) = \Bbb{E}\left(f\left(\dfrac{X_1+\cdots + X_n}{n}\right)\right)$

Hello everybody i need to show following equality $$\sum_{k\ge 0} e^{-an} \frac{(an)^k}{k!}f(\frac{k}{n}) = \Bbb{E}\left(f\left(\dfrac{X_1+\cdots + X_n}{n}\right)\right)$$ Where $(X_i)_i$ are ...
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Proving and visualizing $\mathbf 1_{(x,x+a]}(y) = \mathbf 1_{[y-a,y)}(x)$

Here is a trick from one of the proofs in probability: $$\iint \mathbf 1_{(x,x+a]}(y) \ \lambda(dx) \ \mathbb P(dy) = \iint \mathbf 1_{[y-a,y)}(x) \ \lambda(dx) \ \mathbb P(dy)$$ for $a>0$. So ...
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Measure of $\chi_\mathbb{Q}(x)$?

$\chi_\mathbb{Q}(x) = 1$ if $x \in \mathbb{Q}, 0$ otherwise. Well $\chi_\mathbb{Q}(x)$ is a measurable function if $\mathbb{Q}$ is a measurable set. $\mathbb{Q}$ is a measuable set under the Borel ...
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Rewriting a double integral with complex exponential function

Why can we write $$ \begin{align} I_T &= \int_\mathbb{R}\int_{-T}^{T}\frac{e^{-ita}-e^{-itb}}{it}e^{itx}dtdF(x)\\ &= \int_\mathbb{R}\left[\int_{-T}^{T}\frac{\sin(t(x-a))}{t}dt - ...
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Probability:questions on characteristic functions

A well-known example to show that two random variables whose marginal distributions are normal, do not need necessarily be jointly normal is achieved by letting $X, Y $ have the following joint ...
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Prove if $E$ is a Lebesgue measurable set, there exists a continuous function $f$ differing from $\chi_{E}$ on a set of measure $< \epsilon$?

I am reviewing my analysis notes, and I don't really understand the proof given by my professor. He first proved if $E$ is a Lebesgue measurable set and $\epsilon > 0$, then there is an open set ...
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Integrating characteristic functions.

I need to find the radon transform of the following function. But I got stuck in finding this integral. Let $\chi$ be given by $$\chi(t) = \begin{cases} 1 & |t|< 1/2 \\ 0 & ...
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$X\sim\mathcal N(0,1)$, Why is $\Phi_X^{(j)}(0)=0$ for $j$ odd?

If $X\sim\mathcal N(0,1)$ Why is $\Phi_X^{(j)}(0)=0$ for $j$ odd ? ($\Phi_X^{(j)}(0):j^{th}$ derivative of the characteristic function of the r.v. $X$) We computed ...
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How to integrate $\int\mathbf 1_{(-\frac12,\frac12)}(z-w)\mathbf 1_{(-\frac12,\frac12)}(w)dw$

How to integrate $\displaystyle\int\mathbf 1_{(-\frac12,\frac12)}(z-w)\mathbf 1_{(-\frac12,\frac12)}(w)dw$ ? The integral should give a function of $z$, but I don't know how to compute. ...
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Characteristic function of logarithm of random variable

If I know the characteristic function $\phi_X(t)$ of a random variable $X>0$, how can I write the characteristic function $\phi_Y(t)$ of $Y=\log(X)$? I know that $\phi_X(t)=E[e^{itX}]$ and ...
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Show that Z cannot be turned into a vector space over any field. [duplicate]

Show that Z cannot be turned into a vector space over any field. So, we have 2 cases here. Case 1:lets suppose the charF=P, n does not equal 0, then (1+1+...+1)n=1n+1n+...+1n=n+n+...+n=pn=wchich ...
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Convergence of $\chi_{\{x \mid u_n(x) \in I\}} \to \chi_{\{x \mid u(x) \in I\}}$ for $u_n \to u$?

Let $u_n \to u$ in $L^2(\Omega)$ and let $I$ be an bounded interval. Does it follow that $$\chi_{\{x \mid u_n(x) \in I\}} \to \chi_{\{x \mid u(x) \in I\}}$$ at least for a subsequence of $u_{n_j}$ ...
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characteristic equation in pde

In the PDE: $ yU_y-xU_x=1$ how did the characteristics become $dx\over -x$=$dy \over y$ =$du \over 1$.Can someone please expalin how these charactristic equations were obtained
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Characteristic Function Inversion

I am studying the relationship / bijection between characteristic functions and CDFs. In particular, given a characteristic function $\phi$ it is posible to recover the cumulative density function ...
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Finding Characteristic Exponents for $x^2 (x-1)^2 y'' + 4 (x-1)y' - 4x^2 y = 0$

I've found that the only regular singular point of this differential equation: $$x^2 (x-1)^2 y'' + 4 (x-1)y' - 4x^2 y = 0$$ is $x = 1$. How do I determine the characteristic exponents for it?
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Continuous probability distribution with no first moment but the characteristic function is differentiable

I am looking for an example of a continuous distribution function where the first moment does not exist but the characteristic function is differentiable everywhere. Cauchy distributions do not ...
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Characteristic function of compound Poisson process

It is widely known that the characteristic function of a compound Poisson process is $$ \phi_X(u) = \exp \left(t\lambda \int_{\mathbb{R}} (e^{iux}-1) F(dx) \right). $$ But if I try to derive it via ...
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Characteristic function under risk neutral measure

I am trying to derive a characteristic function (in Levy-Khintchine form) of a compound Poisson process $X_T$ under a risk neutral measure $\mathbb{Q}$, using the Esscher transfrom to change the ...
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Prove the matrix satisfies the equation $A^2 -4A-5I=0$ [closed]

How to prove that $$ A=\begin{bmatrix} 1 & 2 & 2 \\ 2 & 1 & 2 \\ 2 & 2 & 1 \end{bmatrix} $$ satisfies the equation $A^2 -4A-5I=0$?
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PDE $ u_{x}+u_{t}+f(x)*u=0$

How would I solve this pde using characteristic line? $u_{x}+u_{t}+f(x)u=0$---arbitrary function f $u(x,0)=u_{0}(x)$---$u_{0}$ can be any value $u(0,t)=\varphi(t)$---non-homogeneous where $u(x,t)\ge ...
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Calculation of characteristic functions of Levy processes

Let us say we have some Levy process $X_t$ and want to calculate its characteristic function, $E[e^{iuX_t}]$ for a certain value $u$. Is there a general procedure for this? I can imagine a way of ...
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Empirical characteristic function

The ecf is $\phi_n(\omega) = \frac{1}{n}\sum_{j=1}^ne^{iX_j\omega}$. I'm stuck on trying to see why the following is true $$|\phi_n(\omega)|^2 = \phi_n(\omega)\phi_n(-\omega)$$ Wouldn't this imply ...
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Quantitative version of Lévy's continuity theorem

Lévy's continuity theorem implies that if the sequence of characteristic functions $(\varphi_n)_n$ of a sequence of random variables $(X_n)_n$ converges pointwise to the characteristic function ...
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Limiting distribution of $X_n1(|X_n|\le 1-\frac{1}{n})+n1(|X_n|>1-\frac{1}{n})$ if $X_n\sim Unif(-1,1)$ and are iid.

Limiting distribution of $X_n1(|X_n|\le 1-\frac{1}{n})+n1(|X_n|>1-\frac{1}{n})$ if $X_n\sim Unif(-1,1)$ and are iid. From looking at the term, if $n$ goes to infinity, then $Y_n$ would be $X_n$ so ...
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Properties of the Characteristic/Indicator Function

Let $B_1,B_2,...$ be a countable family of disjoint subsets of $\Bbb R^d$. For any set $E \in \Bbb R^d$, let $\chi_E (x)=1$ if $x \in E$ and $\chi_E (x)=0$ otherwise. Is it true that $\chi_{\bigcup ...
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Why can I use the Riemann-integral here?

Let $Z\sim\mathcal{N}(0,1)$ (i.e. a random variable which distribution is the standard normal distribution). Determine the characteristical function of $Z$. It is $\mathbb{P}_Z=f\lambda$ ...
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Why is $\int e^{itx}\, d\mathbb{P}_X=\mathbb{E}(e^{itX})$?

In our reading we first defined the characteristical function of a probability mesaure as follows: Let $\mu$ be a probability measure on $(\mathbb{R},\mathcal{B})$. The Fourier transform ...
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Show that if X has a density f such that f’ exists and is integrable?

Show that if $X$ has a density $f$ such that $f'$ exists and is integrable, then its characteristic function has the property : $\phi(t)=ο(t^{-1} )$ as $t\to \infty$. Hint: If $X$ has a density ...
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Exercise on Conditional Expectation of Jointly Gaussian Random Variables

I am trying to solve the following exercise from my professor's notes on conditional expectation: Let $x: \Omega \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$, $x \in G(0, Q_x)$, $Q_x = Q_x^T>0$, $y: \Omega ...
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the characteristic function of this distribution is equal to 0 everywhere except at the origin, mistake?

I wanted to compute the characteristic function of the distribution in question here: How to multiply a standard normal RV times a uniform{-1.1} RV? Let $X$ be standard $N(0,1)$, $Y$ be Uniform ...
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Charateristic function evaluation

I have a signal given by the following equation: $y_k = X_k S_0 + \sum_{l=0 \& l\neq k}^{N-1}S_{l-k}+n_k$ where $X_k$ are independent and identically distributed random variables. $n_k$ is a ...
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Does the Riemann zeta function tell us about the order theoretic properties of the natural numbers?

The classical Möbius function $\mu(n)$ fulfills the multiplicative inversion formula, e.g. see this thread. Now I see in the theory of posets, they generalize the concept of that function, see ...
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I want to show $\phi_{X}(a_{1},a_{2},\cdots,a_{n})=\prod_{i=1}^{n}\phi_{X_{i}}(a_{i})$

Let $n \in \mathbb N$ and $X$ be an $\mathbb R^n$ valued random variable on $(\Omega ,\mathcal F,P)$ Define its characteristic function to be $$\phi_{X}(a)=E(e^{i\langle X,a\rangle})$$ where $a \in ...
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Stable law and Levy distribution

A PDF (probability density function) f(x) is called a stable law if $f(y)=b\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}dx f(by-x)f(x)$ under appropriate values of b. Rewrite this equation in terms of characteristic ...
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Characteristic function of an integer-valued distribution, inversion formula

I am working on the following: Show that if $\varphi$ the characteristic function of an integer-valued distribution then \begin{align*} \mathbb P(X = k) = \frac{1}{2\pi} \int_{-\pi}^\pi e^{-itk} ...
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Characteristic function of a exponential random variable, problems with complex integral.

I tried to compute the characteristic function of a random variable, which is exponential distributed with parameter $\lambda$: \begin{align*} \varphi(t) &= \mathbb E[e^{itX}] = ...
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A function of $u(0,1)$ random variables converging weakly to an exponential

This is a review problem for my final exam: Let $(X_{n})_{n\geq 1}$ be an i.i.d. sequence of random variables with $X_{i} \sim U(0,1)$. Let $M_{n}=\max_{1\leq i \leq n}X_{i}$. Show that $n(1-M_{n})$ ...
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Find the standard representation of a function and the Lebesgue integral

Find the standard representation of the function f defined by f(x)=[x] for −1≤x≤3, f(x)=0 otherwise. determine the integral R of fdu I came across this question while studying and began to attempt ...
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Characteristic function of Normal random variable squared

Probability density function of $X^2$ when $X$ has $N(0,1)$ distribution While reviewing above, Why do you sub $X^2$ for the $Y$ in $e^{tY}$ and not the density of the normal ...