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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Does “independence” of moments imply independence?

Suppse you have two random variables $X,Y$ and you are given that for any $m,n$ that: $$E(X^n Y^m) = E(X^n)E(Y^m)$$ Does this imply that $X$ and $Y$ are independent? Are there some condtions on how ...
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Laplace transform of a random variable

My professor says that the Laplace transform of a nonnegative RV uniquely determines the RV up to distributional equality among all nonnegative RVs. He says one can argue this by appealing to a fact ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Determining if something is a characteristic function

Suppose $X$ is a continuous random variable with pdf $f_X(x)$. We can compute its characteristic function as $\varphi_X(t)=\mathbb{E}[e^{itX}].$ Question: Given a function, say $\psi(t)$, how does ...
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Conditions on Poisson random variables to convergence in probability

Let $X_1,X_2,...$ denote iid random variables such that $X_j$ has a Poisson distribution with mean $\lambda t_j$ where $\lambda$ > 0 and $t_1, t_2,...$are known positive constants. a)Find conditions ...
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Is it a characteristic function?

Can anyone explain, how can I prove either $\phi(x) = |\cos t|$ is characteristic function or not? And which random variable has this characteristic function? Thanks in advance.
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How to get PDF from characteristic function

I would appreciate if anybody could explain to me with a simple example how to find PDF of a random variable from its characteristic function. Thank you.
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Is $ \frac{2}{1+e^{t^2}} $ a characteristic function?

I'm trying to establish whether the following is a characteristic function of some random variable: $$ \phi(t) = \frac{2}{1+ e^{t^2}} .$$ It satisfies all basic characteristic function properties, ...
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Combinations of i.i.d Inverse Chi-Square RVs and their characteristic functions

I am working on a few self-study problems in probability/measure theory and am stuck on characteristic functions. I have the following problem: Given: $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ are iid inverse chi-square(1) ...
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Characteristic functions based proof problem.

I am trying to show that if $T$ be a closed bounded interval and $E$ a measurable subset of $T$. Let $\epsilon >0$, then there is a step function $h$ on $T$ and a measurable subset $F$ of $T$ for ...
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Does $|f\sin (x)|$ integrable on $\mathbb{R}$ imply that $|f|$ integrable on $\mathbb{R}$?

I guess not. Because we usually require $|f|$ to be integrable on ℝ so that it has the fourier transform. Can anyone give me an counterexample for the statement in the title? I have searched for ...
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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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$\sum_{k\ge 0} e^{-an} \frac{(an)^k}{k!}f(\frac{k}{n}) = \Bbb{E}\left(f\left(\dfrac{X_1+\cdots + X_n}{n}\right)\right)$

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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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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Random variable with characteristic function $\large\frac{\phi(t)+\phi(-t)}{2}$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Combinations of characteristic functions: $\alpha\phi_1+(1-\alpha)\phi_2$ If $\phi(t)$ is the characteristic function of a random variable $X$, then $\Re(\phi(t))$ is ...
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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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Characteristic function for positive part of random variables

I need your help in solving the following problem: I have to calculate the characteristic function for the positive side of a random variable - simplest case: let $Y$ be standard normal and $Y^+ =\max ...
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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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Primitive recursive functions and characteristic functions. Methods of proof- examples. Illumination.

I am puzzling over a sentence in an example in a textbook, showing that a function $f$, defined by cases, is primitive recursive. Let $E$ be the set of even natural numbers. The function $f$ defined ...
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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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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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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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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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$X$ 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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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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Symmetric Distribution of Random Variable

Prove: Let $X$ and $Y$ be random variables with the same distribution. If $X$ and $Y$ take only two values​​, then $X - Y$ are symmetrically distributed around zero. Note: 1 - You can use ...
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Evaluate $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \chi_{[0,1]}(x-y) \chi_{[0,1]}(y) \, \mathrm{d}y$

I'm trying to evaluate the integral $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \chi_{[0,1]}(x-y) \chi_{[0,1]}(y) \, \mathrm{d}y$$ where $\chi_{[0,1]}(x)=1$ is the characteristic function, i.e. equals $1$ for $x \in ...
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A linear combination of characteristic functions is a characteristic function?

Let $\phi_k(t)$ be the characteristic function of a random variable $X_k$, $k = 1,2,\dots$. Consider a set of positive real numbers $\{p_1, p_2, \dots \}$, take a function: $$\phi(t) = ...
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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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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 of exponential and geometric distributions

I'm trying to derive the characteristic function for exponential distribution and geometric distribution. Can you guide me on getting them? Here is my solution so far: Exponential Dist ...
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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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Step Function and Simple Functions

Definitions: Simple Function: Any functions that can written in the form:$$s(x)=\sum_{k=1}^na_n\chi_{A_n}(x).$$ Note the finite terms here. It should follow that neither all simple functions are ...
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Showing $\varphi(t)\neq 0$ when $\varphi$ is a characteristic function of an infinitely divisible distribution

Let $\varphi$ be a characteristic function of an infinitely divisible random variable. Show that $\varphi(t) \neq 0$ for all $t$. Sorry, I have no clue how to do it, because if the exponential is ...
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Uniqueness of distribution with moments $M_n$ if $\limsup_{n\to\infty} \frac{1}{n}\sqrt[n]{M_n}$ finite

There's a theorem which states that the moments, i.e. $M_n = \mathbb{E}\left(X^n\right)$, of a distribution uniquely identify the distribution if $$ R := \left(\limsup_{n\to\infty} ...
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Characteristic function converges pointwise

Is there any sequence of probability distributions such that their characteristic functions converge pointwise, but the sequence of prob. distributions itself does not converge weakly? :S
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Which distribution has the moment-generating function $\frac{\pi t}{\sin \pi t}$

The distribution $F(x) = e^{-e^{-x}}$ has moment-generating function $M_F(t) = \Gamma(1-t)$. From this it follows that the distribution of $X-Y$ for independently $F$-distributed $X,Y$ has the ...
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Missing assumption? (Convergence of random variables and characteristic functions)

Here are two exercises from my Probability book ("Probabilidade: um curso em nível intermediário", by Barry James). (I have translated them from Portuguese to English and modified them a bit.) ...
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Obtaining cumulants using the characteristic function

If a random variable $x$ has a characteristic function $\phi(\omega)$, then the $n^{\mathrm{th}}$ moment of the distribution of $x$, $\mu_n$ can be calculated as: $$\mu_n = ...
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Fourier transform of characteristic function in a sphere

A similar question was asked before for an interval in $\mathbb{R}$. I wonder how to do it for a characteristic function of $\{x\in\mathbb{R}^3:|x|<r\}$ i.e. I want to calculate $$ ...
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the meaning of bound of characteristic function in the neighborhood of zero

Let $\{X_n: n=1,2,\ldots\}$ be a sequence of integrable random variables. Let $\{\phi_n: n=1,2,\ldots\}$ be the corresponding characteristic functions. Suppose that we have $$ |1-\phi_n(t)|\leq A ...
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Showing that the indicator/characteristic function is not a regulated function

I want to show that the indicator function (aka. the characteristic function) is not a regulated function. \begin{align} \chi : \begin{cases}[a,b] & \longrightarrow \mathbb{R} \\ x & ...
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Finite limit involving characteristic function implies values of first and second moments

If $$\lim_{c \to 0} \frac{\phi_X(c) - 1}{c^2} = -\frac{\sigma^2}{2} < \infty$$ where $\phi_X(c)$ is the characteristic function of the random variable $X$, then $$E[X] = 0,\qquad E[X^2] = ...
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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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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} ...