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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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 ...
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characterization of characteristic functions (Bochner Theorem Proof?) Simple case.

Prove the following theorem: Let $\phi: \Bbb R \to \Bbb C$. $\phi$ is the characteristic function of a real random variable $X:\Omega \to \Bbb R$ if and only if $\phi(0)=1$ $\phi$ is uniformly ...
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Proving the characteristic equation

Consider the recurrence relation: $a_n = \alpha_1 a_{n-1}+\alpha_2 a_{n-2}+...+\alpha_k a_{n-k} ,$ where $\alpha_1 , \alpha_2 , ... \alpha_n $ are constants. 1) Prove that if $b$ is a non-zero ...
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Characteristic function say something about the expectation and variance [closed]

Show that if $\lim_{t \downarrow 0} (\varphi(t) -1) / t^2 = c > -\infty$ then $EX = 0$ and $E|X|^2 = -2c < \infty$. In particular, if $\varphi(t) = 1 + o(t^2)$, then $\varphi(t) \equiv 1$. Where ...
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Convergence in distribution of independent and uniform r.v.'s

This is the text of the problem: Let $\left(X_{j}\right)_{j\ \geq\ 1}$ be independent and let $X_{j}$ have the uniform distribution on $\left(-j,j\right)$. Show that $\lim_{n \to \infty}{S_{n} \over ...
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the density of the sum of $n$ random variables with uniform distribution on $(-1,1)$

Let $X_n$ be an iid sequence of random variable with uniform distribution on $(-1,1)$. Using characteristic functions prove that $X_1+X_2+...+X_n$ has density $$f(x)= \frac{1}{\pi} ...
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Linear Transformations $T$ and $S$ and their Characteristic Polynomials

My friends and I cannot figure out this proof. We have part (a) done, but weren't not quite getting part(b). We think we need a change-of-basis equation. Any advice?
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$\mathscr{B}$-matrix of T and Characteristic Polynomial

I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out this proof problem. Any advice on first steps? Let A be an $n\times n$ matrix satisfying the matrix equation $A^{n} + ...
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characteristic function characterize the distribution

Theorem: Let $\phi(t)=\int{e^{itX}dF_X}$ be a characteristic function of a random variable $X$. Then $\displaystyle \lim_{T \to \infty}\int_{-T}^{T}{{\frac{e^{-ita}-e^{-itb}}{it}}\phi(t)dt}=P(X\in ...
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What would be the simplified form of this expression?

I'm working on a Homework problem involving Convergence of Random variables and I've arrived at an expression which looks like follows: $$ M_{X_n}(ju)= ...
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Show that $\frac{1}{n}\sum_{j=1}^{n}X_{j}$ is Cauchy distributed when the $X_{i}$ are all Cauchy

Let $X_{1}, \cdots, X_{n}$ be i.i.d. Cauchy random variables with parameters $\alpha=0$ and $\beta=1$. (That is, their density is $f(x)=\frac{1}{\pi\,(1+x^{2})}$, $-\infty < x < \infty$.) Show ...
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Possible values of characteristic functions (Fourier transforms)

Can a characteristic function $\varphi_{X}(u)$ from probability theory (the Fourier transform of a probability measure) ever equal zero for either any value of $x$ or any value of $u$? This has been ...
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How does what I did imply that $X$ is Normal $N(0,1)$?

Let $X$, $Y$ be i.i.d, that $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent, and that $\varphi_{X}(2u)=(\varphi_{X}(u))^{3}\varphi_{X}(-u)$. Also, let $E\{X\}=0$ and $E\{X^{2}\}=1$. Show that $X$ is Normal $N(0,1)$. ...
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Show that $|1-\varphi_X (u)|\leq E\{ |uX| \}$

Show that $|1-\exp\{ix\}|^{2}=2(1-\cos x) \leq x^{2}$ for all $x \in \mathbb{R}$. Use this to show that $|1-\varphi_X(u)|\leq E\{|uX|\}$, where $\varphi_X(u) =E\{\exp(i\langle u,X\rangle)\}$ is the ...
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Let X, Y be i.i.d, X+Y and X-Y independent, show that the characteristic function E{exp(i<2u,x>)}= …

Let $X$ and $Y$ be i.i.d. Suppose further that $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent. Show that $\varphi_{X}(2u)=(\varphi_{X}(u))^{3}\varphi_{X}(-u)$. What I tried to do was work backwards, starting with ...
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For X, Y real valued and independent, and X and X+Y having the same distribution, Y=0 a.s.

Let X, Y be real valued and independent. Suppose X and X+Y have the same distribution. Show that Y is a constant r.v. equal to 0 almost surely. Here's what I have so far: By the uniqueness of ...
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What is the meaning of $1_{a>b}$?

What would this mean: $1_{a>b}$ .. Based on the context, it could mean "$1$ if $a>b$ else $0$", but it's the first time I see it so help would be appreciated.
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$X$ and $Y$ i.i.d., $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ independent, $\mathbb{E}(X)=0 $and $\mathbb{E}(X^2)=1$. Show $X \sim N(0,1)$

$X$ and $Y$ are independent and identically distribued (i.i.d.), $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent, $\mathbb{E}(X)=0$ and $\mathbb{E}(X^2)=1$. Show that $X\sim N(0,1)$. We should use characteristic ...
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Limit of the expectation of the sum

Show that for $g(t)= E \left\{\sum_{n=3}^{\infty}\frac{(iut)^{n}}{n!}\right\}$ that $\lim_{t \to 0} \frac{|g(t)|}{t} =0$. I think I should bound it and then use LDCT, but I'm having trouble doing ...
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Even numbered moments of N(0,1) using characteristic functions

Let $X$ be $N(0,1)$. Show that $E\{X^{2n+1}\}=0$ (Easy - calculate it directly using the definition of expectation, and you're taking the integral of an odd function over a symmetric interval, so =0), ...
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Characteristic function of an r.v. with finite variance and zero mean.

Suppose $E{|X|^{2}}<\infty$ and $E{X}=0$. Show that Var(X)$= \sigma^{2}<\infty$ (done), and that $\varphi_{X}(u)=1-\frac{1}{2}u^{2}\sigma^{2}+o(u^{2})$ (what I can't figure out how to find, ...
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Showing the expectation of the third moment of a sum = the sum of the expectation of the third moment

Let $X_{1},\cdots,X_{n}$ be independent, each with mean 0, and each with finite third moments. Show that $E\left\{\left( \sum_{i=1}^{n}X_{i}\right)^{3}\right\} = \sum_{i=1}^{n}E\left\{ X_{i}^{3} ...
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Characteristic Function of a Double Exponential (Laplace) Distribution

Let X have the double exponential (or Laplace) distribution with $\alpha =0$, $\beta = 1$: $f_{X}(x)=\frac{1}{2}e^{-|x|}$, $-\infty < x < \infty$. Show that $\varphi _{X}(u)=\frac{1}{1+u^{2}}$. ...
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Quantifying the “flatness” of functions which are the Fourier transforms of positive functions

I have a question which I admit is a little cumbersome for me to try to state succinctly, and which I fear may not have a simple answer, but I figured I'd give it a shot. In broad terms, I'm trying to ...
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Can the characteristic function of a multivariate normal distribution be extended from a neighborhood of the origin?

Let $x$ be a scalar random variable. There is a theorem that states that if $E[\exp(ixs)]= \exp\Big( i{s}\mu - \tfrac{1}{2} {\sigma^2s^2} \Big)$ for some neighborhood around the origin (i.e. ...
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Finding the characteristic ODE from a nonlinear PDE

I am studying for a PDE exam on Tuesday, and I am getting pretty confused about one specific type of problem and I am thinking that perhaps I am misinterpreting the correct procedure to follow. The ...
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Prove that $ \mathsf{E}[g(X)] = \int_{- \infty}^{\infty} G(t) \varphi(t) \, d{t} $.

Problem Let $ X $ be a real-valued random variable with characteristic function $ \varphi $. Suppose that $ g: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} $ satisfies $$ \forall x \in \mathbb{R}: \quad g(x) = ...
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Characteristic function

Question: Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ denote independent real-valued random variables with distribution functions $F_1$, $F_2$, and characteristic functions $\varphi_1$, $\varphi_2$, respectively. Let Y ...
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Characteristic function of $p(x) = \frac{1}{2} e^{-|x|}$, $-\infty < x < \infty$

Let X denote a real-valued random variable with an absolutely continuous distribution with density function $p(x) = \frac{1}{2} e^{-|x|}$, $-\infty < x < \infty$. Find the characteristic ...
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Solving a recurrence relation with the characteristic polynomial

Consider the sequence $\{a_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$ with $a_0 = 0, a_1 = 1, a_{n+2} = 6a_{n+1} - 9a_{n}$. Using the characteristic polynomial prove $a_{n} = n3^{n-1}$. So I really wasn't sure where to ...
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characteristic functions

I need to prove that if $\phi(t)$ if a characteristic function then so is $e^{\lambda(\phi(t) -1)}$ for $\lambda$ > 0 My problem is that I'm stuck at proving uniform continuity. Is it sufficient to ...
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Characteristic function problem

first time poster so be nice! Here's the problem: Let $\phi(t)$ be a characteristic function, then $e^{\lambda(\phi(t)-1)}$ is a characteristic function. Pretty stuck, any help appreciated!
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Using characteristic function to deduce convergence of Bernoulli random variables

Let $Y_1, Y_2,...$ be a sequence of independent Bernoulli(0.5) random variables and $X_n = \sum_{i=1}^{n} Y_i 2^{-i}$ I need to use the characteristic function to deduce that $X_n$ converges in ...
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Find the characteristic equation of a recursive function

I want to determine whether the following recursive function is unstable; $$ x(t+1) = \left( wx+sx(t)^b \over w+x(t)^bs + (1-x(t))^b(d-s) \right) $$ Wikipedia is telling me that I want to have the ...
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change of variables while integrating

Suppose I have an integral that looks like: $$I=\int_{r=0}^\infty\int_{\omega_1=-\infty}^\infty\int_{\omega_2=-\infty}^\infty ...
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Characteristic function of random variable $Z=XY$ where X and Y are independent non-standard normal random variables

I would like to find Characteristic function of random variable $Z=XY$ where X and Y are independent normal random variables, but they are not standard, i.e. $$X\sim N(\mu _x,\sigma_x)$$ $$Y\sim ...