Questions on the Gaussian, or normal probability distribution, which may include multi-dimensional normal distribution.

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Calculating a normal distribution with a sample size?

the sample of $n=25$ is what is throwing me off. I have no clue what to do with it. Given a normal distribution with $\mu=101, \sigma=25$, and given you select of $n=25$ $A.)$ $P(\overline{X} ...
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Approximating the integral of the exponential of a quadratic function

An exponential of a quadratic function where the first term has negative coefficient is a normal distribution. In particular, any function of the following form, where $c=b^2/(4a)+\ln(-a/\pi)/2$ and ...
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How to construct a two sided confidence interval?

A machine produces metal rods used in an automobile suspension system. A random sample of 15 rods is selected and the diameter is measured. The resulting data are shown below. 5.21 5.28 5.29 5.27 ...
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Normally Distributed Summation of Random Variable

Suppose that at ABC Company there is only one customer representative. Let N Bin(10, 0.6) be the number of customers requiring service in one hour, and Si N(10, 5) be the service time (in minutes) ...
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Finding the conditional distribution of a normal RV given another normal RV

I'm having trouble with this question from a past qualifying exam: Question Suppose $Z \sim N(\mu,\sigma^{2})$, $W \sim N(0,1)$ and $V \sim N(0,1)$ are mutually independent normal random variables. ...
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Can a mixture of normals be a constant?

Q. Can a mixture of a finite number of 2-dimensional normal distributions, with different means and covariances, sum to a constant within some bounded region of the plane?     ...
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Expectation of Multivariate Normal - help please

I am struggling to show why an equation is true. Help would be very much appreciated Given that x $\sim$ N($\textbf{m}$, $\Sigma$) [multivariate normal], how could you show that: E[($\textbf{x}$ - ...
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Square Matrix Algebra - help please!

I am stuck on a problem in matrix algebra and I would be happy if someone could help me. Given a square matrix with dimensions "p" given that $\textbf{x}$ $\sim$ N($\mu,\Sigma$) [multivariate ...
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How to interpret the covariance matrix of Brownian motion

I'm reading Bernt Oksendal's "Stochastic Differential Equations". It says, Brownian motion $B_t$ is Gaussian Process, i.e. for all $0 \leq t1 \leq \cdots \leq t_k$ the random variable $Z = ...
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If $X|Y$ and $Y$ are both normal, is $X|Y>y$ normal as well?

Consider two random variables, $X$ and $Y$, with the following properties: $X|Y\sim N(Y,s^2)$ and $Y\sim N(\mu,\sigma^2)$. Does $X|Y>y$ follow a normal distribution as well? If so, what are its ...
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correlation between $\sum_{i=1}^{98}X_i$ and $\sum_{i=3}^{100}X_i$

Let $X_1,...,X_{100}$ be iid $N(0,1)$ random variables. The correlation between $\sum\limits_{i=1}^{98}X_i$ and $\sum\limits_{i=3}^{100}X_i$ is equal to (A) $0$ (B) $\dfrac{96}{98}$ (C) ...
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Central Limit Theorem sample vs population

I need help in the setup of this problem. I'm sure that I'm making this far more complicated than what it actually needs to be. "An anthropologist wishes to estimate the average height of men for a ...
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If I approximate a Bionimial distribution with a Normal Distribution am I still allowed to use Binomial's equation for Variance?

If I approximate a Binomial distribution with a Normal Distribution am I still allowed to use Binomial 's equation for Variance? So am I still allowed to use this: $Var(x) = np(1 − p)$ While still ...
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Expected value of a function of truncated normal

I need to find the expected value of the following type of an expression: $$\mathbb{E}[\frac{1-\alpha}{1-\alpha-\frac{X}{\beta}}]$$ where $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are constants and $X$ is a random ...
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Question Relating to the Central Limit Theorem

I have the following question: Suppose $X_1,X_2, \ldots, X_{12}$ are identical independent uniform random variables on $[0,1]$. Let the sample mean(lets call it $m$) = $\frac{1}{12}(X_1 + X_2 + ...
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Distribution of unknown, given system of equations

Suppose we have an unknown real $x$. We want to give an approximation of $x$ by measuring the distance between $s_i$ and $x$, for $i = 1,2,3$. The position of each $s_i$ is distributed with mean $p_i$ ...
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Calculate $E(X^2)$ of random variable $X$ ~ $N(3,4)$

I need to find $E(X^2)$ of random variable $X$ ~ $N(3,4)$. I can use the simple way: $E(X^2) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} x^2 \cdot f(x) dx$, in this case $f(x) = normal \space distribution ...
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Poisson distribution with normal informative priors

I'm Jia, a student of economics and finance. I was wondering if someone could help in understanding this problem. I've just started to attend a new course "Financial and nonlinear econometrics" and ...
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Distribution of two independent standard normals

Suppose that $X$ and $Y$ are distributed as independent Standard Normals. Find the distribution of $(X-Y, X+Y)$. Isn't the case for $X-Y$ elementary? Since they are both standard normals, this ...
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Chi distribution and sample variance

Suppose that the height (in cm) of randomly selected male is distributed according to normal distribution with parameters $\mu = 175$ and $\sigma = 5$. We pick a simple random sample of size ...
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Expected value of random variable $X$ ~ $N(170, 25)$

Here's a question: Person's height in CMs is a random variable $X$ ~ $N(170, 25)$. Door's height is $180$ cm. What is the expected value of number of people that can enter the door until the first ...
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Seminorms in distribution theory are norms, right?

In distribution theory the seminorms that you use there $p_m( \phi) := \max_{|\alpha| \le m} \sup_{x \in \Omega} |(\partial^{\alpha}(\phi) (x)|, \phi \in C_c^{\infty}(\Omega)$. Those guys are norms ...
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Random Gaussian variable raised to arbitrary power

Given $x$ that follows a distribution $P(x)=e^{\frac{-x^2}{2\sigma^2}}$ i.e. a random Gaussian variable, can I say anything about the distribution of $x^n$ for fixed $n$? Specifically, is there ever ...
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sampling from a multivariate guassian: intuition behind using cholesky decomposition

I'm trying to understand how sampling from a multivariate gaussian works and why the cholesky decomposition is a way to do it. Let's say we have a 25 dimensional multivariate with a 25x25 covariance ...
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Smallest n to align sample mean with population mean

There's a question in my book that I just do not understand. This is it in its entirety: Let $ \bar{X} $ be the sample mean of a random sample of size $ n $ from a normal distribution with a variance ...
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On the notation of normal distribution

I saw in the Finnish matriculation examination solutions the sentence If $X$ has the distribution $N(100,15)$, $Z=\frac{X-100}{15}$ has the distribution $N(0,1)$. How one can memorize this? I mean ...
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Sample standard deviation and population standard deviation

The average temperature of a particular tropical island is normally distributed with a mean of 74 degrees and a variance of 9 degrees (a) If a random sample of 16 days has been taken, what is the ...
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How to set up normal approximation for binomial

In a particular school, 25% of first grade students do not enjoy reading. 22% of second graders do not enjoy reading. A random sample is taken of 100 first grade students, and another independent ...
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Sum of a Normal and a Truncated Normal distribution on Mathematica

I asked a question about the "Sum of a Normal and a Truncated Normal distribution" about 11 days ago, and someone helped me (I appreciate his\her help a lot). I tried to do same procedure as he\she ...
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Statistics, distributions and graphing

Lets say that you have data containing one variable - the waiting time between each car passing from 1200 hours... so you have something like 23, 54, 26, 8, 2, 59 etc what is the best way to analyse ...
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Solving for an unknown $\mu$ in a probability problem involving normal random variables.

(a): $P[X < 355] = P[Z < \frac{355 - 360}{4}] = P[Z < -1.25] = 1 - \Phi[1.25] = .1056$. Part (a) is simple, but I included it because I was not sure if I should somehow use it to solve ...
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How to obtain the pdf of this transformation of normal random variables?

Given the following: Let $r = ab + n$, where $a, b,$ and $n$ are independent zero-mean Gaussian random variables with variances $\sigma_a$, $\sigma_b$, and $\sigma_n$, respectively. Find the MAP ...
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I'm unsure of the setup for this probability question from the society of actuaries

The answer is 0.223584. Here is my attempt: Company A: $\mu = 10000\\ \sigma = 2000\\ \text{40% chance of at least one claim}$ Company B: $\mu = 9000\\ \sigma = 2000\\ \text{30% chance of at ...
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Examples when vector $(X,Y)$ is not normal 2D distribution, but X and Y are.

My question is: do you know any examples when $X$ and $Y$ are both normally distributed, but the two dimensional vector $(X,Y)$ is not? I found some example in book, but I don't understand it. The ...
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Linear transformations in normal distributions

I am still a bit new to this topic, and was wondering if someone could check my work, it is a short exercise. Find the distribution of $X = \mu + N(0,1)$ If we let $Z \sim N(0,1)$ then $X = \mu + ...
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find distribution of hypothesis testing? [closed]

Suppose $x_1,x_2,...,x_{20}$ is a random sample from a normal population with mean = 0 and variance $ \sigma ^2 $. I want to test the hypothesis $H_0: \sigma ^2 \geq 4$ against the alternative $H_1: ...
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one random instance with 4 elements and includes mean?

if we select one random instance with 4 elements from normal distribution, and we show minimum value among this instances with a, and show maximum value among this ...
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a question in Stat. aboout chi-square & standard normal

Assume $U$~$\chi^2(5)$, $V$~$\chi^2(9)$, $Z$~$N(0,1)$, U, V, Z are mutually independent, calculate: a. $P(Z > 0.611V^\frac{1}{2})$ b. $P(\frac{U}{V} < 1.933)$ c. Find a $c$ such that ...
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Expectation of a Rayleigh-quotient-like form for normal random vectors

I have been trying to calculate or find a result for the expectation $$\mathbb{E} \left[ \frac{w^\top D^2 w}{1 + w^\top D w} \right] $$ where $$w \sim \mathcal{N}(0,I_N),$$ and $D \succeq 0$ is a ...
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Bivariate normal exercise - check my answer please

Similar to the question I asked before, with one subtle difference. If $X \sim N(20,2^2)$ and $Y \sim N(10,1)$ and $X$ and $Y$ are correlated with $\rho = 0.5$ then find: $a)$ the covariance ...
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Bivariate normal exercise - check please

I am trying to self learn some probability and wanted to ensure I was getting these exercises correct. If $X \sim N(20,2^2)$ and $Y \sim N(10,1)$ and $X$ and $Y$ are independent, then find: $a)$ ...
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expected value, random variable, piecewise function

I hope that you can help me with the following problem: Let $X \sim \mathcal N\left(\mu, \sigma^2\right)$ be a random variable. Define a new random variable $Y$ as: $$ Y = g(X) = \begin{cases} ...
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Finding the moments of normal variables

How to calculate the moments of a normal random variable with mean $\mu$ and variance $\sigma^2$? Using integration by parts we get the recurrence relation (calling $a_n = E(X^n)$) $$\begin{cases} ...
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Conditional probability distribution $p(A | A + B > C)$

Consider three independent normally distributed variables: A, B, C. How would you calculate the distribution $p(A | A + B > C)$? I know that the distribution $p(A + B | A + B > C) = p(A+B) ...
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Sum of truncated normal random variables

It's known that the sum of two independent normal random variables is itself normal. Does this hold when dealing with the sum of two truncated normal random variables? I've seen this question, but ...
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Normal Approximation to the Binomial question

I have a question I need help on: A supermarket manager samples n = 50 customers and if the true fraction of customers who dislike the policy is approximately .9, find the probability that the ...
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Probability that your return is positive for the week, given its distribution per year

You make an investment. Assume that returns are normally distributed with a mean return of .20 per year and a standard deviation of .10. Suppose you check on your returns once a week. What is the ...
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What is n value in a confidence interval

how large must n be if the length of the 99% CI is to be 40? the distribution is normal, sigma= 20. The book says that the answer is 7, but I keep getting 5.4 This is how I solved it: (X+Z(sigma/ ...
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Convolution with Gaussian, without dstributioni theory, part 3

I only know basic $L^p$ theory (nothing about distributions) and am trying to prove the following: Let $t>0$, $f\in L^{p}(\mathbb{R}^n,m)$, $\Gamma(t,x)=(4\pi t)^{-n/2}e^{-|x|^2/4t}$ and $$ ...
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Convolution with Gaussian, without distribution theory, part 2

I only know basic $L^p$ theory (nothing about distributions) and am trying to prove the following: Let $t>0$, $f\in L^{p}(\mathbb{R}^n,m)$, $\Gamma(t,x)=(4\pi t)^{-n/2}e^{-|x|^2/4t}$ and $$ ...