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Given x is an exponential random variable, find median & probability

For the median, I believe that I should integrate the function, ∫x0λe−λtdt=1−e−λx Then I need 1−e−λm=.5 for m, which is equivalent to e−λm=.5. m=ln(2)/λ =>m=ln(2)/.2
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Is this the correct way of calculating the median?

I just completed the June $2009$ mei stats paper. On the mark scheme for question $5ii$ it shows the median being calculated using $600$, shouldn't it be $600+1$? I thought the median was calculated ...
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Median of a multinomial variable

Let $k\in\mathbb N^+$ be a positive integer. Consider a set of i.i.d. random variables $X_1,X_2,\ldots, X_n$, each of which is distributed uniformly over $\{1,2,\ldots,2k+1\}$. For $i\in ...
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How do I find percentiles of data sets (Even vs odd)?

Given the following data set with an even number of values: $100, 100, 105, 113, 129, 132, 146, 152, 176, 200$ The value representing the 30th percentile, using the formula n(p/100) where n = sample ...
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How to win Matt Parker's jackpot - finding the median of the following distribution

In a recent video the legendary Matt Parker claimed he kept flipping a two-sided (fair) coin untill he scored a sequence of ten consecutive 'switch flips', i.e. letting $T$ denote a tail and $H$ a ...
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Proof of sample mean and median

Show that $$\overline{X}=arg_{a\in\mathbb{R}}min \sum_{i=1}^n (x_i-a)^2$$ $$m=arg_{a\in\mathbb{R}}min \sum_{i=1}^n |x_i-a|$$ where $m$ is the median Is there any way to prove it? I tried ...
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Determination of the lengths of the medians of a triangle.

The lengths of the sides $AB, BC$ and $CA$ of a $\triangle ABC$ are respectively $√14, √26$ and $√56$. What are the lengths of the medians of the triangle?
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Another name for mode frequency

Is there another term for the number of times the mode number occurs in a list/array of numbers or 'the frequency of the mode' in a list/array of numbers? Apologies if this has been asked before - I ...
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Why can/should we use 5 instead of 10?

Problem: A pharmacy has a uniform annual demand for 200 bottles of a certain antibiotic. It costs \$10 per year for a storage place for one bottle, and $40 to place an order. How many times during ...
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Multiple, One (?), or No Medians for discrete

I am a bit confused on how medians are calculated for discrete distributions. I understand that there can be multiple medians or none at all. Can there be one median for a discrete distribution? Can ...
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finding median with cumulative distribution function (absolute value)

I am currently working on distribution with density function $$f(x)=\begin{cases} \frac{2}{5}|x-2|,& \text{0 ≤ x ≤ 3} \\\\0 & \text{otherwise}\end{cases}$$ I have found that cumulative ...
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Median of medians vs. single median

I have 10 sets. Each set corresponds to a user. Each set contains a different amount of floating point numbers. Each such number corresponds to a response time (of a user). Now I would like to ...
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What is the third quartile when there are no data above the median?

I'm a programmer, so apologies if this is a bad question. I'm writing some code that needs to detect outliers. I am currently calculating first and third quartiles. In a sample set of data, I have ...
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Median of the sample median equal to the median of the distribution?

I'm taking a course in mathematical statistics this semester. I don't know how much consensus there is among mathematicians about notations and definitions, so I'll just define the essentials. Let me ...
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Find a set A of five numbers that satisifies average(A) = 10 and median(A) = 9

Problem Find a set A of five numbers that satisifies mean(A) = 10 and median(A) = 9. Progress The only method I can think of here is brute force, which hasn't yielded any results for me yet. I ...
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error on the median

I have a set of values ${x_i}, i=1, \dots ,N$ of which I calculate the median M. I was wondering how I could calculate the error on this estimation. On the net I found that it can be calculated as ...
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Maximise difference between mean and median

I have a set of numbers and I want to maximise the difference between the mean and the median by removing a given number of elements. For instance I have the following set: ...
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Finding the median value on a probability density function

Quick question here that I cannot find in my textbook or online. I have a probability density function as follows: $\begin{cases} 0.04x & 0 \le x < 5 \\ 0.4 - 0.04x & 5 \le x < 10 \\ ...
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Is the intuition correct?

Let $X$ be a random variable such that $E|X|<\infty$ and $$P\left(X\ge\frac{1}{2}+x\right)=P\left(X\le\frac{1}{2}-x\right)\ \forall x\in \mathbb{R}.$$ Then $E(X)=\frac{1}{2}$ and ...
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Median of Medians

Given a set A with median Am = 10 and set B with median Bm = 20 is it true that the median of the combined set C is $10 \le$ Cm$\le 20$ ? My first thought was that this wasn't true so I tried to find ...
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calculation of median of grouped data

While calculating the median of grouped data of total frequency $N$, in order to find the median class which value should be taken into consideration to match against cumulative frequency : $\frac N2$ ...
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Ratios of median/mean and standard deviation/IQR in a normal distribution

I have some queries on the following question For a normal distribution, find the ratios of: (a) $\frac {\mbox{median}}{\mbox{mean}}$ (b) $\frac {\mbox{standard deviation}}{\mbox{interquartile ...
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How can I draw the skewed normal distribution curve

If its of real importance, I am trying to plot the data on gnuplot. I have the following of some experimental data, obtained by ...
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median of bivariate truncated lognormal

$(X,Y)$ are bivariate lognormal random variables with mean $(\mu_1,\mu_2)$ and $\Sigma$ as the variance-covairance matrix, truncated to be in $[a_1, a_2]\times[a_1,a_2]$ where $a_1>0$ and ...
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In biweight midvariance, why would the median absolute deviation (MAD) be multiplied by the 0.75 standard normal quantile?

The biweight midvariance $\zeta^2$ is a measure of scale that is more robust to non-normal distributions. It is defined as follows by [1] in three steps. For observations $X_i$, $i = 1,2,\cdots,n$, ...
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Is there a generally unbiased estimator for the quantiles of a distribution?

1) Is there a generally unbiased estimator for the quantiles of a distribution? If not - I would be glad for an explanation (proof?) of why not. 2) Also (if not), is there a specific family of ...
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The median minimizes the sum of absolute deviations

Suppose we have a set $S$ of real numbers. Show that $$\sum_{s\in S}|s-x| $$ is minimal if $x$ is equal to the median. This is a sample exam question of one of the exams that I need to take ...
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minimizing the sum of weighted absolute distance

Let $x_1, \ldots, x_n \in \mathbb{R}^d$ denote $n$ points in $d$-dimensional Euclidean space, and $w_1, \ldots, w_n \in \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}$ any non-negative weights. $\arg\min_{\mu \in \mathbb{R}^d} ...
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Continuity of Median

There are three arbitrary random variables on $\mathbb{R}$: $X$, $Y$, $Z$. The median is defined as $\mathrm{Me}(X) = \mathrm{sup} \left\{t: F_X(t) \le \frac12\right\}$ (so it's hopefully always ...
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How to show that this function respects the strict ordering of its input.

Suppose you have a vector $\pmb x=\{x_i\}_{i=1}^n$ where each entry is drawn from a continuous distribution and $n$ is even. Then, denote $i^*=\{1\leq j\neq i\leq ...
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High school Math: Finding the Median

I have a problem trying to understand the following two questions: In question 1, the median is found at the 50% of the total group. However, this strategy doesn't work for question 2. Why?
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How to find the median element when each element has three scores?

I know how to find the median with a list of one element but what to do with a list like this one: \begin{array}{|l|cr} & math & info & gestion\\ \hline Nelim & 0 & 4 & 0\\ ...
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Should I use interpolation when finding median, and quartiles?

I am a S1 maths (Edexcel) AS student in the UK. My question: Say we have a stem-and-leaf diagram with 26 values. We want to find the lower quartile. To get the marks for our specification, we need to ...
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Prove the median of a uniform distributions is $\frac{1}{2}(a+b)$

Let X~U(a,b) with a and b in the real line, such that b>a with X's pdf given by $$f_X(x)=\frac{1}{b-a}\mathbb{1}(a<x< b)$$ Show the median of X's distribution is given by $$m=\frac{1}{2}(b+a)$$ ...
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Geometric Median Problem with a twist

Given two vectors $x, y$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and scalar $\alpha$, what is the value of $\alpha$ that minimizes $||\alpha x - y ||_1$? Give an algorithm to find the minimum. I've tried couple of ...
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Show that $\mathbb{E}~|\xi - \mathrm{med}(\xi)| \leq \mathbb{E}~|\xi - \mathbb{E}(\xi)| $ [duplicate]

Assuming $\mu$ is the median of random variable $\xi$, prove, that, $$\mathbb{E}~|\xi - \mu| \leq \mathbb{E}~|\xi - \mathbb{E}\xi| $$ The case when $\mu = \mathbb{E}\xi $ is trivial, but I have ...
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The minimum of the sum

I was trying to prove some theorem on my way. So the problem was: Theorem: Let $x_1, x_2, ..., x_n$ be the rising sorted sequence of numbers. The $ \sum_{k=1}^n |x_k-a|$ reaches it minimum if ...
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question on five number summary & quantile.

i know that in five number summary : 25% of a data set lies between Min & 1st quartile. 50% of a data set lies between Min & 2nd quartile, that is, Median. 75% of a data set lies between ...
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Average weighted by inverse distance to median equal to median?

Problem Statement I have a set of $N$ ordered elements such that $x = \{x_1, x_2, ..., x_q, x_p, ..., x_N\}$ where $x_q \le x_m \le x_p$ and $x_m$ is the median of the set $x$. I define a particular ...
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Distribution with two (or more) medians

Is there any example with a distribution with two or more medians? I was reading about the median on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median and here it says that there may be more than one ...
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calculate minimum of max value of set of numbers

Suppose to have a set of numbers: $$S:=\{ 1,2,3,9,10,56,58,60\}$$ How can i group this number like this: group 1:$\{1,2,3,9,10\}$ group 2:$\{56,58,60\}$ and then take "56" as minimum value of ...
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In a distribution that is skewed by a few extreme outliers, what would be the best choice for a measure of central tendency?

According to my Professor, the answer to this question is the MEDIAN. However, wouldn't MODE be a better measure of central tendency? The mode is almost never affected by extreme outliers..please help ...
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Need help proving this geometry problem.

My friend asked me one question yesterday.It is as follows. Let there be two triangles ABD and ACD.D is a point on base BC such that BD=CD(given).Also,clearly side AD is common.Now we know median ...
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Median of waiting time for $k$-th ace from bridge cards

I can't figure out how to get median of a waiting time from the exercise 36 from W. Feller's book An Introduction to Probability Theory and Its Applications Vol.1 (bold in the quote): ...
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How to find median from a probability distribution?

Having trouble on something that should be really, really easy. I need to find the median of the following probability distribution...but according to the website I linked below...I'm doing it ...
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Median of n normal distributions

I have the following problem: I would like to know the distribution of $\mathrm{Med}[X1,\ldots,Xn]$, where $X1,\ldots,Xn$ are standard normal distributions $N(0,1)$. I know that one should consider ...
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How to understand the Repeated Median Estimator (Siegel 1982)?

I guess I did not understand the formula of the repeated median estimator introduced by Siegel (1982): This is the formula: If I got the following time series for instance: ...
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Median of the F-distribution

Is the median of the F-distribution with m and n degrees of freedom decreasing in n, for any m? From experiments it looks like it might be, but I have been unable to prove it.
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Prove that the co-ordinates of the centroid of a triangle is an average of that of vertices

For a given triangle [ABC], how do I prove that the co-ordinates of the Centroid $O_{xy}$ (intersection of the medians) is the average of the individual vertices? $O_x = \left(\frac {A_x + B_x + ...
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Non-Whole Median Numbers in Real Data [duplicate]

According to this CDC report, the median number of reported sexual partners for females aged 15-44 is 3.2, and for males 5.1. Tables on pages 19 and 20 report these statistics for a variety of ...