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

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Is the product of two Gaussian random variables also a Gaussian?

Say I have $X \sim \mathcal N(a, b)$ and $Y\sim \mathcal N(c, d)$. Is $XY$ also normally distributed? Is the answer any different if we know that $X$ and $Y$ are independent?
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Expectation of the maximum of gaussian random variables

Is there an exact or good approximate expression for the expectation, variance or other moments of the maximum of $n$ independent, identically distributed gaussian random variables where $n$ is large? ...
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Calculation of the n-th central moment of the normal distribution $\mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^2)$

Since integration is not my strong suit I need some feedback on this, please: Let $Y$ be $\mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^2)$, the normal distrubution with parameters $\mu$ and $\sigma^2$. I know $\mu$ is the ...
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Probability that the sum of all values of 5 pairs of dice will be between 30 and 40

I'm trying to solve a question that asks: If 5 pairs of fair dice are rolled, approximate the probability that the sum of the values obtained is between 30 and 40 inclusive. My approach so ...
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Why is the error function defined as it is?

$\newcommand{\erf}{\operatorname{erf}}$ This may be a very naïve question, but here goes. The error function $\erf$ is defined by $$\erf(x) = \frac{2}{\sqrt{\pi}} \int_0^x e^{-t^2}dt.$$ Of ...
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X and Y are i.i.d. X+Y and X-Y are independent. E(X)=0 and E(X^2)=1. Show that X~N(0,1)

$X$ and $Y$ are i.i.d. $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent. $E(X)=0$ and $E(X^2)=1$. Show that $X\sim N(0,1)$. We should use characteristic functions to prove this. Any ideas?
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The sum of n independent normal random variables.

How can I prove that the sum of $X_1, X_2, \ldots,X_n$ random variables, all of which have normal distributions $N(\mu_i, \sigma_i)$, is a random variable that is itself normally distributed with mean ...
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Is first order moving average a Markov process?

Given first order moving average $$ x(n) = e(n) + ce(n-1) $$ where $e(n)$ is a sequence of Gaussian random variables with zero mean and unit variance which are independent of each other, and $c$ is ...
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Derivation of the density function of student t-distribution from this big integral.

My lecturer posed a question where we derive the density function of the student t-distribution from the Chi-square and Standard normal distribution. I worked on this question for days, and I am ...
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Probability of a point taken from a certain normal distribution will be greater than a point taken from another?

Let's say I have one point that will be taken randomly from a normal distribution with mean $\mu_1$ and standard deviation $\sigma_1$. Let's say I have another point that is taken much in the same ...
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Let $X,Y\sim \mathcal{N}(0,1)$. Let $Z=\max(X,Y)$. Find $EZ$.

Let $X,Y$ independent random variables with $X,Y\sim \mathcal{N}(0,1)$. Let $Z=\max(X,Y)$. I already showed that $F_Z$ of $Z$ suffices $F_Z(z)=F(z)^2$. Now I need to find $EZ$. Should I start like ...
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The probability density function of the ratio of two normal R.V.s

I'm looking for some help with this probability problem. Here's the question: Suppose that $X$ and $Y$ are independent standard normal random variables. Show that the probability density function ...
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Prove that vector has normal distribution

You are given two independent random variables: $W \sim \mathrm{Exp}(1)$, $Q \sim U([0; 2\pi ])$. Also, $a$ is a constant, chosen from $[-\pi/2; \pi/2]$. You build following random variables, based ...
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Characteristic function of random variable $Z=XY$ where X and Y are independent non-standard normal random variables

I would like to find Characteristic function of random variable $Z=XY$ where X and Y are independent normal random variables, but they are not standard, i.e. $$X\sim N(\mu _x,\sigma_x)$$ $$Y\sim ...
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Generate a set of random numbers with a normal distribution

I am trying to generate a set of N random numbers where the set has a normal distribution. I'm currently using a brute force approach: Randomly select N numbers from a normal distribution. Check ...
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Where does the guassian function/normal or bell curve come from?

I am confused as to where the function for the normal distribtuion comes from. Where does the e and pi come from? In my textbook I am presented with the function,but I am unsure about where it came ...
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distribution of block occurrence of random vector in $\mathbb{Z}_2^n$

Given natural numbers $m, n \geq 2$ and a random vector $\mathbf{r}= (a_1,a_2,\cdots,a_n)\in\mathbb{Z}_2^n$. We define the $m$-circulant of $\mathbf{r}$ by the vector ...
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Calculating mu and sigma (μ and σ) of a normal random variable

Let X be a normally distributed variable with unknown parameters μ and σ (sigma). If we know that P (X ≥ 75) = 0.7291 and P (X ≥ 83) = 0.7764. With the information given Is it possible to determine ...
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How to directly compute an integral which corresponds to the normal distribution

How does one directly (by finding primitive) compute an integral which corresponds to the normal distribution: $$\int_{a}^{b} e^{{-(x-a)^2}/{2s^2}} \,\mathrm{d}x$$
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Probability question of independent random varaibles

Let $X\sim \mathcal{N}(6,1)$ and $Y\sim\mathcal{N}(7,1)$ be two independent normal variables. Find $Pr(X>Y)$. the answer is $0.2389$ but I do not know how to do it.
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Confusion related to gaussian distribution

I was reading this paper where it had a gaussian distribution model. I mean gaussian is given by $P(y) = \frac{e^{-\frac{1}{2}(y -\mu)^T \Sigma^{-1}(y -\mu)}}{2\pi^{n/2}|\Sigma|^{1/2}}$ But is ...
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Indefinite integral of product of CDF and PDF of standard normal distribution

Is there a solution to: $\int ^\infty _x \Phi(z) \phi(z) dz$ where $z$ ~ $N(0,1)$ and $\Phi$ and $\phi$ refer to the CDF and PDF? Many thanks.
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equivalence between uniform and normal distribution

The principle of insufficient reason says that all outcomes are equiprobable when we have no knowledge to guess otherwise. I understand this and that this corresponds to uniform distribution. However, ...
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What do $\pi$ and $e$ stand for in the normal distribution formula?

I'm a very beginner in mathematics and there is one thing I've been wondering recently. The formula for the normal distribution is: ...
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How to calculate the integral in normal distribution?

The factory is making products with this normal distribution: $\mathcal{N}(0, 25)$. What should be the maximum error accepted with the probability of 0.90? [Result is 8.225 millimetre] How will I ...
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Why don't we allow the canonical Gaussian distribution in infinite dimensional Hilbert space?

I'm looking at Gaussian distributions in infinite-dimensional Hilbert space, and the sources I've seen so far say that the covariance matrix has to be of trace class (i.e. the trace must be finite). ...
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$\int_0^tB_s^2\ dB_s$ - Gaussian Process and independent increments?

For $(B_t)_{t\ge0}$ a standard Brownian motion (Wiener process) define the stochastic process $X_t:=\int_0^tB_s^2\ dB_s$. I am currently trying to assess if $(X_t)_{t\ge0}$ is a Gaussian process and ...
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Tricky probability problem

I am having trouble with proving the following assertion: $X,Y$ are i.i.d. with mean $0$ and variance $1$. If $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent then $X,Y$ are normally distributed. Should I be ...
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Expectations containing normal CDF

Suppose that $X\sim\mathcal{N}\left(0,1\right)$ (i.e., $X$ is a standard normal random variable) and $a,b,$ and $c$ are some real constant. Does any of the following expectations have a closed-form? ...
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Determining distribution of maximum of dependent normal variables

I have a stochastic variable x with this property: if it's measured at t1 and again at t2, then x(t2)-x(t1) has a normal distribution with mean 0 and standard deviation Sqrt[t2-t1]. I want to find ...
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Convergence of a sequence involving the maximum of i.i.d. Gaussian random variables

It's well known that, for a sequence of $n$ i.i.d. standard Gaussian random variables $X_1,\ldots,X_n$, where $X_\max=\max(X_1,\ldots,X_n)$, the following convergence result holds: ...
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X,Y are independent standard normal distributed then what is the distribution of $\frac{X}{X+Y}$

X, Y are independent standard normal random variables, what is the distribution of $$ \frac{X}{X+Y} $$ Could anyone help me with this? Thanks. I have worked the problem by multivariable ...
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Does the integral of PDF of multi-normal distribution over quarter planes have a closed form?

I am interested in finding a closed form solution (wich I suspect does not exist) to the following integral $$\displaystyle \int _a^{\infty }\int _b^{\infty } \frac{\exp \left(-\frac{x^2+y^2-2 c x ...
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Truncated Mean Squared

Suppose that $X_{\sigma} \sim \mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^{2})$. I am interested in whether $f(\sigma)=\mathbb{E} (X_{\sigma}^2 1_{\{X_{\sigma}>0\}})$ is monotonic in $\sigma$ for all $\mu$. I ...
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$X$ standard normal distribution, $E[X^k]=?$

I'm stuck with a homework problem where we are supposed to prove that the expected value $E[X^k]$, if $X$ has standard normal distribution, is equal to: $$E[X^{2k}]=\frac{(2k)!}{k!\cdot2^k}.$$ But I ...
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Expected value of normal distribution given that distribution is positive

Given $X \sim N(0, \sigma^2)$ (that is, $X:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is a normal random variable with mean $0$ and variance $\sigma^2$), I'm trying to calculate the expected value of $X$ given that ...
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Nested normal-distribution integral

Is there an analytical or approximate solution of the following integral? $$ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\int_{y-d}^{y+d}\exp\big(-{(x-\mu_1)^2}/{2\sigma^2}\big) \exp\big(-{(y-\mu_2)^2}/{2\sigma^2}\big) ...
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How to test a hypothesis which compares set of pairs of statements?

I've conducted an experiment but I'm not sure how to proceed with statistical analysis of it. I have pairs of sentences created by two groups of people A and B, semantically the sentences in each ...
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Iteratively Updating a Normal Distribution

Is there a way to update a normal distribution when given new data points without knowing the original data points? What is the minimum information that would need to be known? For example, if I know ...
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Prove that if $X$ and $Y$ are Normal and independent random variables, $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent

If $X \sim \mathrm{Normal}(\mu,\sigma^2)$ and $Y \sim \mathrm{Normal}(\mu,\sigma^2)$ are independent random variables, how do I prove that $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are also independent? What happens with the ...
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Combining two probability distributions

I have a variable $X$. In a measurement $A$, $X$ follows the normal distribution $N_1$ with mean $m_1$ and standard deviation $\sigma_1$. In a similar measurement $B$, $X$ follows another normal ...
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Probability density function of $X^2$ when $X$ has $N(0,1)$ distribution

I am trying to derive Chi-square distribution. The random variale is $$ U^2=\sum_{i=1}^k X_i^2 $$ where $X$ is a random variable with normal standard distribution. What is the distribution of ...
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What is the expectation of $ X^2$ where $ X$ is distributed normally?

I know that if $X$ were distributed as a standard normal, then $X^2$ would be distributed as chi-squared, and hence have expectation $1$, but I'm not sure about for a general normal. Thanks
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Probability distribution function

I am trying to develop a function that will allow me to input a random number between 0 and 1 and receive a value. The idea is that the function has a range (for example, 0-100) with a median value of ...
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Connection to Normal distribution

I've been working on finding the probability for the event, that the sum of $n$ independent random variables are less than $s$, when they are evenly distributed on $[0,1)$. I've used the law of total ...
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Simplifying covariance matrices in distributions

In the multivariate Gaussian distribution, it is required that the covariance matrix be positive semidefinite. I have read that a positive semidefinite matrix $\Sigma$ can be written as $LL^{T}$. I ...
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P.D.F. of independent/dependent Uniform R.V.'s

I am trying to solve this: Consider a stick of length 1. You break the stick in two random places, X and Y. a. Define the individual probability distribution functions of the breaking ...
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Integral of exponential using error function

I'm trying to solve some integrals below $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} {x^n e^\frac{-(x - \mu)^2}{\sigma^2}}dx$$ I am interested in the solutions where n = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4. I have learned that ...
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Brownian Bridge as a Gaussian Process

Let $B=\{B_t:t\geq 0\}$ be a standard Brownian motion. Define the Brownian brige $X=\{X_t:t\geq0\}$ as $$ X_t=B_t-tB_1\quad t\in[0,1] $$ Show that $X$ is (i) Gaussian and find its (ii) mean and (iii) ...
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Conditional Expectations (Mainly an integral question)

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be two Random variables with a standard normal distribution, and the two variables are independent. Find $E[X_1|X_1>X_2]$ My answer is far. If we knew $X_2$, then the answer ...