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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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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Imaginary solutions of a recurrence relation

How to solve this recurrence relation using characteristic equation and imaginary numbers? We have $a_0 = 0$ and $a_1 = 1$ , and for all $j\in\mathbb N$: $$a_{j+2} = 6a_{j+1} - 10a_j$$ I would ...
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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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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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Characteristic functions of random variables (Poisson, Gamma, etc.)

My self-study in measure and probability theory as finally brought me to the subject of characteristic functions, and I have not handled these in the past with any rigor at all, so all of this is ...
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An inequality with a characteristic function

It's my first question here, hi. In fact, it derives from my probability theory homework, which appears to be unusually difficult (or I just don't see something): Suppose $X$ is a real valued random ...
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A Fibonacci like Stochastic process

Let $X_0, X_1$ and $\{a_n,n\geq0\}\sim $Bernoulli$(1/2)$ taking values in $\{0,2\}$. Let us define $X_n$ for $n>1$ as below$$X_{n+1}=a_nX_n+a_{n-1}X_{n-1},\ n\geq1 $$ Then it follows that ...
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Distribution of the sum of iid Beta-Negative-Binomial random variables

I am facing a problem when trying to calculate the distribution of the sum of iid Beta-Negative-Binomial random variables or for that matter if only parameter $r$ is different. To get a hint to how ...
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If $X_1,X_2,X$ are iid random variables with $X_1+X_2$ has the distribution of $aX$, find all characteristic functions of $X$.

If $X_1,X_2,X$ are iid random variables with $X_1+X_2$ have the same distribution as $aX$ for some real $a$, what are the possible characteristic functions of $X$? Let $\varphi_X(t)$ be ...
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By an example, show that..

Let $X_1$ ,$X_2$ be two r.v.'s with joint and marginal ch.f.'s $\phi_{X_1,X_2}$, $\phi_{X_1}$ and $\phi_{X_2}$. By an example, show that $\phi_{X_1,X_2} (t,t) = \phi_{X_1} (t) \phi_{X_2} (t)$ ...
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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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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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Why the probability characteristic function is always exist but moment generation function is not always exist?

I know that the characteristic function is always exist and moment generation function is not always exist instantly but don't know exactly mathematically.
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Integral of the Normal Characteristic Function

The characteristic function of the $N$-variate Normal distribution is $$\forall \mathbf{t} \in \mathbb{R}^N \quad \psi(\mathbf{t}) \equiv \mathbb{E}\left( e^{i\mathbf{t}X}\right) = \exp \left( i{ ...
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Characteristic functions and conditional distributions?

Say X and Y are random variables and we're interested in the conditional distribution of X given Y, can we make this calculation using only characteristic functions in a straightforward manner? If so ...
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Transform Characteristic Function to distribution Function

I was wondering how we can calculate the distribution function of this characteristic function, $$C(t)= \frac{3+\cos t + \cos2t}{3}$$
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Order Statistics interval sizes

Suppose an i.i.d. sample of size $n \geq 2$ drawn from a known distribution with density $g$. Let us note the associated order statistics as $(X_{(1)}, \ldots ,X_{(n)})$. I am interested in the number ...
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Recovering pmf from characteristic function

I'm having some trouble trying to recover the probability mass function of a discrete random variable from its characteristic function. I have seen that some continuous cases, you can recognize that ...
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What is meant by Stable Law?

I am reading a very complex paper consider a set of random variables $\left\{ X_{i}\right\} _{i=1}^{\infty }$ whose common distribution $F_{X}$ belong to the domain of attraction of an $\alpha ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Characteristic functions in set theory

The book I am studying has the definition of a characteristic function as follows. Let $A\subseteq{X}$. Then $$\chi_A(x) = \begin{cases} 1, & \text{if $x\in{A}$} \\ 0, & \text{if ...
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Series expansion at $0$

Given: $X$, $Y$ iid random variables, $\mathbb E(X) = 0$, $\mathbb E(X^2) = 1$; $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent; $\phi$ is the characteristic function of $X$ and $Y$ and $ \psi: t \rightarrow ...
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Probability density function of A = B + C via Joint Characteristic function of B and C

This problem is actually a subproblem of a longer derivation that I am trying to understand. I hope that I striped away all the unnecessary stuff that is not relevant. Please correct me if the ...
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Continuity of a Characteristic function

Let $A$ be a subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$. Show that the characteristic function $\chi_A$ is continuous on the interior of $A$ and on $A^c$ but discontinuous on the boundary of $A$. My attempt: Suppose ...
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Questions about characteristic functions and continuity

If there is a subset $S$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ consider the characteristic function $\chi_S: \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$. i) what would be the value of $\chi_S(p)$ for any $p \in \mathbb{R}^n$? Attempt ...
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Probability - Characterizing goodness of moment matching method.

I have a question about how to characterize the goodness of approximating a distribution using its moments. Suppose I have a probability density function $p(x)$ (e.g., normal distribution), and I am ...
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Differences between the a.e continuous of function $\in \mathbb{R}^n$ in the sense of Peano Jordan and Lebesgue

Proves or disproves: (A) The indicator function $\chi_S$ of a bounded set $S \in \mathbb{R}^n$ is almost everywhere continuous in the sense of Peano Jordan $\Leftrightarrow$ is almost everywhere ...
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Solution to this non linear Equation

Hi all I have this equation $$ (y-\beta+2\beta e^{yd})(y+\beta -2 \beta e^{-yd})+\beta^2=0 $$ Solving for y, I have been told that the solution is y = 0 repeated roots. I can see why (from ...
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Characteristic function of truncated Cauchy distribution

Truncated Cauchy distribution (with a symmetric truncation $-X\le x\le X$) has the density $$f(x)=\frac{1}{2\arctan(X)}\frac{1}{1+x^2}$$ What is the characteristic function of this r.v.? Thank's! ...
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recognize the distribution corresponding to this characteristic function

The characteristic function of a random variable X is given as $$\frac{3+cos(t)+cos(2t)}{5} $$, what is the distribution of X? I was thinking of the discrete random variable X=,0,1,2 with mass ...
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Clarification of Proof on Kac's Theorem for Characteristic Functions

There is a proof given here that I don't really understand, and was hoping someone more competent could explain it in some more detail: Moment generating functions/ Characteristic functions of $X,Y$ ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...