# Tagged Questions

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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### Finding the odometer function of an abelian sandpile

As a computer scientist and "armchair" mathematician, I'm trying to replicate the images found here of Abelian sandpiles on a square lattice, where the initial configuration is $n$ chips on a single ...
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### Exsistence of random variable $U[-1,1]$

I have problems with the following question: Let X be the random variable such that $X\sim U[-1,1]$. Does there exsist a random variable Y, independent to X, such that $X+Y\sim 2Y$? I thought that ...
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### Moment generation function -> characteristic function uniqueness

Here's my proof that moment generation function (if exists) uniquely determines characteristic function. Can you please see how to make it more rigorous or improve in either way (e.g. by citing ...
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### A Fibonacci like Stochastic process

Let $X_0, X_1$ and $\{a_n,n\geq0\}$ are i.i.d. $\sim$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 ...
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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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### 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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### Why is $|\varphi(t)|$ not necessarily a characteristic function?

I came across the following statement in a book: If $\varphi(t)$ is a characteristic function, then $|\varphi(t)|$ is not necessarily a characteristic function. Here's my argument: By Bochner’s ...
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### Can inversion integral of characteristic functions on a finte interval be bounded?

For a real-valued uni-variate r.v. $X$, with pdf $f(x)$ and absolute integrable cf $\varphi(t)$, we have the following transform:$$2\pi f(x)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{-itx}\varphi(t)\,dt.$$ However, I ...
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### Invert a somewhat tricky characteristic function to find density function

I am interested in find the probability density function corresponding to the characteristic function $\phi(t) = \left(\frac{1 - i b t}{1 - i t}\right)^c$ where $c > 1$ and and $0< b < 1$. ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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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Suppose that $Y_{\lambda}=^{d}P(\lambda)$. Prove that $[Y_{\lambda}-\lambda]/{\sqrt{\lambda}}\to^{d}N(0,1)$ when $\lambda \to \infty$ using characteristic functions. So $$\phi(t)=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \... 0answers 54 views ### integral of e^{-\imath x} from a to \infty and characteristic functions In the following result:$$\frac{1}{2 \pi} \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \Phi(u) \left[\int_a^{\infty} e^{-i u x}dx\right] du = \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{ \pi} \int_0^{\infty} \Re\left[\frac{e^{-i u a} \Phi(u)}...
How to find characteristic of the following equation $\mathbf{e^{-x}u_{xx}+2 \hspace{1pt} e^yu_{xy}+e^x \hspace{1pt} u_{x}=0}$ would the characteristic derived from the below equation? \$e^{-x}(\...