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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Moment generating functions/ Characteristic functions of $X,Y$ factor implies $X,Y$ independent.

This is solely a reference request. I have heard a few versions of the following theorem: If the joint moment generating function $\mathbb{E}[e^{uX+vY}] = \mathbb{E}[e^{uX}]\mathbb{E}[e^{vY}]$ ...
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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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For symmetric stable distributions, why is $\alpha \le 2$?

I'm preparing a lecture on stable distributions, and I'm trying to find a simple explanation of the following fact. Suppose we are trying to come up with stable distributions. From the definition, ...
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Combinations of characteristic functions: $\alpha\phi_1+(1-\alpha)\phi_2$

Suppose we are given two characteristic functions: $\phi_1,\phi_2$ and I want to take a weighted average of them as below: $\alpha\phi_1+(1-\alpha)\phi_2$ for any $\alpha\in [0,1]$ Can it be proven ...
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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 ...
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Convergence of characteristic functions to $1$ on a neighborhood of $0$ and weak convergence

Prove the following statement: $ X_n \Rightarrow 0 $ (convergence in distribution) if and only if $ (\exists\; \epsilon>0: |t|<\epsilon) \;\; \phi_n(t) \rightarrow 1 $, where $\phi_n(t)$ is ...
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A criterion for independence based on Characteristic function

Let $X$ and $Y$ be real-valued random variables defined on the same space. Let's use $\phi_X$ to denote the characteristic function of $X$. If $\phi_{X+Y}=\phi_X\phi_Y$ then must $X$ and $Y$ be ...
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Computing the characteristic function of a normal random vector

The characteristic function of a random vector $\boldsymbol{X}$ is $\varphi_{\boldsymbol{X}}(\boldsymbol{t}) =E[e^{i\boldsymbol{t}'\boldsymbol{X}}] $ Now suppose that $\boldsymbol{X} \in ...
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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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Probability density function of $X^2$ when $X$ has $N(0,1)$ distribution

I am trying to derive Chi-square distribution. The random variale is $$ U^2=\sum_{i=1}^k X_i^2 $$ where $X$ is a random variable with normal standard distribution. What is the distribution of ...
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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 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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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 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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Lower bounds of laplace transform of characteristic functions

I have the following integral: \begin{equation} f(\mu) = \int_0^\infty e^{-\mu t}\varphi_X(t)dt \end{equation} where $\varphi_X(t)$ is the characteristic function of some undetermined probability ...