Questions on using, finding, or otherwise relating to probability distributions, pdfs, cdfs, or the like.

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Question about sums of normal random variables

I have independent random variables $X_1$, $X_2$ such that $X_1 \sim N(1,1)$ and $X_2 \sim N(2,2)$, and I'm trying to find a constant $a$ such that $a(X_1 - X_2 + 1)^2$ has a chi-squared distribution. ...
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Create the most 'stressful' tennis game ever!

Some games, such as tennis, use a complicated points system (point, game, set, match; with deuces and tie-breaks) for what would otherwise be an extremely simple and monotonous game. The main reason, ...
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Determine whether the following expression is positive

I am faced with a problem where I need to show that an expected expression is positive. But I fail to give a strict proof. $$A=E_v ...
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PDF of product of two continous joint distribution

Suppose that $X1$ and $X2$ have a continuous joint distribution for which the joint PDF is as follows: \begin{equation*} f(x_1,x_2) = \begin{cases} x_1 + x_2 & \text {for $0 < x_1 < ...
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Please help me with the solution of the following problem:

Each bag in a large box contains 25 tulip bulbs. It is known that 60% of the bags contain bulbs for 5 red and 20 yellow tulips, while the remaining 40% of the bags contain bulbs for 15 red and 10 ...
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Whats the formula for the probability density function of skewed normal distribution

The formula for the probability density function of a standard normal distribution that isn't skewed is: $$P(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2π}}e^{-(x^2 / 2)}$$ where, $π = 3.14, e = 2.718$. What if it is ...
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Find $E(|X-Y|^a)$ where $X$ and $Y$ are independent uniform on $(0,1)$

Let $X,Y$ be independent $Uniform(0,1)$ random variables. Find $E(|X-Y|^a)$ where $a>0$. My working: Define $W=1$ if $X>Y$ and $W=0$ if $X<Y$. We seek ...
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Conditional expectation of $Y_1$ given that $\sup Y_i=z$, for $(Y_i)$ i.i.d. uniform on $[0,\theta]$

Suppose that $Y_1,\ldots,Y_n$ are random variables independently and identically distributed as uniform on $[0,\theta]$ for some $\theta>0$. How do I find the conditional density of $Y_1$ given ...
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Random sums of iid Uniform random variables

Let $\{X_r : r\ge 1\}$ be independently and uniformly distributed on $[0,1]$. Let $0<x<1$ and define $$N=\min\{n\ge 1 : X_1 + X_2 +\ldots+X_n> x\}$$ Show that $$P(N>n) = ...
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Repeated coin flips probability

Assume in an experiment, one flips a coin $L$ times. This experiment is repeated N times. We represent these in a table with $N$ rows and $L$ columns with order. So a column is defined at the position ...
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Let X and Y be geometrically distributed iid r.v.s. Find the pmf of min(X, Y), and the pmf and Z = X - Y.

Let X and Y be geometrically distributed iid r.v.s. Find the pmf of M = min(X, Y), and the pmf and D = X - Y. I thought $$ P(M = m) = P(X = x) \cdot P(Y > x) + P(Y = y) \cdot P(X > y) + ...
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Can anything be learned about a probability distribution *directly* from its characteristic function?

Some preliminaries: I know that one can take the inverse Fourier transform to get back the pdf...that is not what I am after. My question is whether the characteristic function, qua function, tells us ...
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Calculating Power of a Paired T Test

$ 239$ subjects had their cholesterol measured, and then were put on high-fiber diets. After a month on the high-fiber diet, the cholesterol was measured again. The mean LDL cholesterol level before ...
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What is the probability that $x$ will not work due to failure rate $0.0111$

I've tried using the probability mass function for binomial distribution in this case but it seems to not be the appropriate approach unless I calculated wrong. How am I supposed to approach this ...
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Is my method of working fine?

Suppose a point $X$ is selected at random from a line segment $AB$ of length $l$ and midpoint $O$. Find the probability that $AX,BX$ and $AO$ form a triangle. My method and working is: Case ...
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Not getting the answer as given in Feller

Find the probability that the equation $x^2-2ax+b=0$ has complex roots, if $a,b$ are random variables following the Uniform $(0,h)$ distribution individually and independently. So we effectively ...
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Calculate the mean, the median and the quartiles.

Let $D=\{(x,y):x>0,x^2+y^2<1\}$ and let $(X,Y)$ be the random variable with the density: $$f(x,y)=\frac{2}{\pi}1_{D}(x,y).$$ Let $Z=\frac{Y}{X}$. Calculate the mean, the median and the first and ...
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Calculate the probability given by three random variables

Let $X_1,X_2,X_3$ be IID random variables, each with the density $$f(x)=x e^{-x}\cdot 1_{(0,\infty)}(x).$$ Calculate $P(X_1+X_2+X_3>4,X_1+X_2<4)$.
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Convergence in law of sample means of random variable

Let $\{X_n | n \in \mathbb{N} \}$ be a sequence of independent identically distributed random variables with density function: $$f_X(x) = e^{\theta - x}I_{(\theta, \infty)}(x)$$ with $\theta > ...
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A Seemingly Trivial but Computationally Complicated Probability Problem

Suppose $X,Y$ are independent $Uniform(-1,1)$ random variables. Determine the distribution of $Z=X-Y$. I do not really think I should add my work here because whatever I have tried until now, has ...
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Help me understand how to take derivative of the PDF of X~binom(n,p) with respect to p.

This is the solution I was given. My questions: Why is it summed from k=1 to x. Shouldn't it be from k=1 to n? (If not, why not?) What is happening to the first term from line 1 to line 2? When we ...
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How can I calculte the probability of $X$ with a Generlized Hyperbolic Distribution?

I would like to know how to calculate the probability of $X$ when I have fitted a Generalized Hyperbolic Distribution to my data set. The depth of my knowledge is basic t-tests and z-tests. I am ...
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Polya's urn model - limit distribution

Let an urn contain w white and b black balls. Draw a ball randomly from the urn and return it together with another ball of the same color. Let $b_n$ be the number of black balls and $w_n$ the number ...
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Comparing uniform random variables.

$X$ is a uniformly distributed random variable on $(0,1)$ $Y$ is a uniformly distributed random variable on $(0,2)$ $Z$ is a uniformly distributed random variable on $(0,4)$ What is the probability ...
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$E_n =\lbrace X_n > X_m \ \forall m < n \rbrace $ are independent

I'm stuck with this exercise. Suppose $(X_n)$ are independent random variables defined on $(\Omega, \mathfrak{F}, P)$ with the same p.d.f. Let $E_1 = \Omega$ and for $n \geq 2$ $$E_n =\lbrace X_n ...
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Probability of number of people in car park at any given time

A building has 22 car spaces, each having a car parked within each spot in the morning. Each car is retrieved by its respective owner at some point (random time) between 7am and 9am (120minutes). Each ...
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Expected valued of Random sums about dice and jar problem

A six-sided die is rolled , and the number N on the uppermost face is recorded. From a Jar containing 10 tag numbered 1,2,,,,10 , we then select N tags at random without replacement. Let X be the ...
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Conditional probability about card picking.

A card is picked at random from N cards labeled 1,2,3,,,,,N and the number that appears is X. A second card is picked at random from cards numbered 1,2,3,,,X and its number is Y. I am asked to ...
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How to calculate probability of users generating distributed events reaching n events per 15 minutes?

We have games & apps that connect to services such as Facebook and Twitter to fetch information. These services have various rate-limit caps that you cannot exceed - typically based on a 15 minute ...
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Independence of two multivariate normals.

Suppose we have two multivariate normals $X_1 \sim N(u_1, \Sigma_{11}\Sigma_{22}$) and $X_2 \sim N(u_2, \Sigma_{21} \Sigma_{22})$ . Why are $X_2 $ and $X_1-\Sigma_{12} \Sigma_{22}^{-1}X_2$ ...
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Deriving a joint cdf from a joint pdf

I see that a similar question was asked last year, but I am still confused. I have $f(x,y) = 2e^{-x-y}$, $ 0 < x < y < \infty $ and need to find the joint CDF. I have a solution that ...
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Showing That Two Normal-Based Random Variables Have the Same Distribution

Above is my question. $\overline X$ has distribution $N(0,1/n)$ - that's fine to work out. Similarly, $X_n / \sqrt{n}$ has distribution $N(0,1/n)$. These follow from the general relation $$ ...
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Find the probability generating function of $2X$.

If $X$ follows a poisson distribution with parameter $\lambda$ (mean). Then find the probability generating function of $2X$. I'm getting stuck with forming the expression, as I'm getting confused ...
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Let $X$ be a Random Variable. Define $2X$.

I would like to know what exactly the changes are in the values the random variable($2X$) can take, if for example $X$ follows a Poisson or Binomial Distribution. If suppose $X$ follows a Poisson ...
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Why does a process only satisfy the Markov property if and only if the random times are exponentially distributed?

Given, for example, a birth death process with a set of jump times. These jump times have to be exponentially distributed in order for this process to satisfy the Markov property. Why is this? Why ...
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Difference between $E[X^2]$ and $E[X^3]$

Hope to ask a dumb question. $Y = aX$,with $a \in N_+$. Here, we know the correlation coefficient is 1. Now, suppose $X \sim N(0,1)$. Here, we know $X, Y$ are not independent. Cov($X,Y$) = ...
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Let $X_1,X_2\sim N(0,1)$. How to find joint pdf of $\,Y_1=X_1^2+X_2^2\,$ and$\,\,Y_2=X_1/\sqrt{Y_1}$?

Let $X_1,X_2\sim N(0,1)$. How to find joint pdf of $\,Y_1=X_1^2+X_2^2\,$ and$\,\,Y_2=\frac{\displaystyle X_1}{\displaystyle \sqrt{X_1^2+X_2^2}}$? I have tried to use Jacobian matrix to do ...
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How to compute the covariance matrix of a random variable uniformly distributed in an ellipsoid

Suppose that x is a random variable uniformly distributed in an ellipsoid \begin{equation} x^{T}Mx\leq\delta, \end{equation} where $x\in \mathbb{R}^{n}$. Clearly, the mean of $x$ is zero. The ...
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Integral $\int_0^\infty e^{-x/2}x\log(1+kx^2)\,dx$

How to evaluate: $$\int_0^\infty e^{-x/2}x\log(1+kx^2)\,dx$$ Basically am evaluating value of $\log(1+c\chi^2)$ where $\chi^2$ is $\chi$-squared distributed
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Find and sample minimum of two exponential distribtions

I have two (or more) independent exponential variables $ X_1 \sim \exp(\lambda_1) $ and $ X_2 \sim \exp(\lambda_2) $. I want to get both the value of $ \min(X_1, X_2) $ and $ \arg\min(X_1, X_2) $. Can ...
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explanation of probability density function

How can we explain that if a random variable $X$ has pdf $f(x)$ then the function $Y=g(X)$ will have different pdf than $f(x)$ ?? And how to find the pdf of $Y=g(X)$ ??
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sum of two dependent random variables

Let $X$ be a cotinuous random variable uniformly distributed over $[-10,10]$. Let $Y$ be a random variable with pdf $f_Y(y) = \frac{1}{40}\ln \frac{20}{|y|}, -20 \leq y \leq 20$. $X$ and $Y$ ARE NOT ...
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Do not exist IID random variables $X, Y$ such that $X-Y \sim U[-1,1]$

This is an exercise from Williams, Proability with martingales. Prove that if $Z$ has the $U[-1,1]$ distribution, then $$\phi_Z(t) = \frac{\sin t}{t}$$ Then prove that do not exist IID random ...
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transformation and functions of random variables

Let $X,Y$ be independent random variables. I already have the distribution of $XY$ over a certain subinterval of $\mathbb{R}$, by convolution. My question is, is it possible to get the distribution of ...
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Value of lambda in poisson distribution

I am currently studying statistical estimators and I came across a question that asks to give an estimate of the parameter λ of a Poisson distribution (using the method of moments), given that the ...
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probability of X+Y which are two independent random variable & uniform distribution[0,1] [duplicate]

Two random variables X, Y are independent and both uniform-distributed in[0, 1]. How to calculate the probability density function Z=X+Y ? I tried below, $$f_X(x) = \begin{cases} \frac1{1-0} \\ ...
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Summation of binomial number of poisson random variables

Z is summation of K random variables that each has Poisson distribution with different means. But, K is a Binomial random with parameters of n and p. I was wondering what is the distribution of Z?
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If x has a distribution function $F_x(x)$, what is the distribution function of $y = \exp(x)$?

I'm really struggling to figure out this problem from one of my practice exercises for a probability course. I know that the probability distribution function $f_x(x)$ is related to the cumulative ...
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Probability Formula for Posterior With 3 Variables

First post on math.stackexchange; pardon me if this is naive/a repeat. I'm following this document here by Prof. David M. Blei: ...
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Distribution of random variables when combined

I need help with this problem: If $X$ and $Y$ are two independent random variables and are both standard normal, what is the distribution of $\frac{1}{2}(X^2+Y^2)$? I think I start with ...