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

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Normal Distribution Worded Problem

Standard deviation = 2.5 mL 98% of bottles must be between 998 mL and 1000mL Pr( 998 < x < 1000) = 0.98 This is a technology exam question, therefore to find the mean I used the method: ...
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Upper bound on the covariance of two gamma processes?

Given two binary gamma processes, $X = \Gamma(t; \gamma_1, \lambda_1)$ and $Y = \Gamma(t; \gamma_2, \lambda_2)$, what is their maximum covariance? Applying this answer, it would seem that it is the ...
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Log normal distribution - Where am I wrong?

Let $X$ be a R.V whose pdf is given by $$f(x)=p\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi\sigma_1^2}}\exp\left(-\frac{(x-\mu_1)^2}{2\sigma_1^2}\right)+ ...
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Random varible and dicrete probability distribution.

4 unbiased coins are tossed simultaneously. Obtain the probability distribution of the random variable 'numbers of head'.
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Median Value + Mode for Hybrid Functions of a Continuous Probability Density Function

To find the median: should I set the integral to 0.5.... but because there are two functions that are non-zero, I am unaware of a method to find the median. To find the mode: would I need to ...
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Conditional Probability with Normal Distributions

Let's say that I have $3$ random normal variables, $A$, $B$ and $C$. They all have a standard deviation of $17.526$, while $A$ has a mean of $143$, $B$ of $139$, and $C$ of $129$. I want to ...
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Sum of random variable

Considering two continuous random variables $X$ and $Y$ with $d.f \; F_X, F_Y$ I want to fin the distribution and distribution function of the sum $Z=X+Y$. \begin{align} P\{Z \leq z\} &= P\{X+Y ...
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Calculating Probabilities for a cumulative distribution function within a given inequality

Given that K = 1/36, I require some help understanding (b) • Pr(1/2 ≤ X ≤ 1) Is re-written as such: Pr(X ≤ 1) - Pr(X < 1/2) I do not understand why! Is it because Pr(X ≤ 1) is solved as ...
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Calculating Probabilities using a cumulative distribution function

For (b) Pr(X greater than or equal to 2) = ? The textbook says as such but I am confused: Pr(X greater than or equal to 2) = 1 - pr(X less than 2) I do not understand why they re-write the ...
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To get the skewness and kurtosis directly from probability density function or histogram

This is my first question here. Please understand even if my question is not very clear. I have tried to calculate skewness and kurtosis directly from probability density function (PDF) without ...
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I'm not sure if I'm supposed to use a Poisson distribution or Conditional Probability (or both) to answer this question

I have a question that I'm trying to solve. I have the answer but I don't know how they arrived at the answer so I can't compare my work and see where I went wrong. The number of injury claims per ...
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Expected Profit for Binomial Variable

Part (a) I am familiar with: (a) P(batch is rejected) = P(X greater than or equal to 3) and n = 15 and p(defective) = 0.1 This gives me the correct answer of 0.1841 I am stuck at part 2! I have ...
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Calculating expected value for a Binomial random variable

How do you calculate $E(X^2)$ given the the number of trials and the probability of success? $E(X) = np$, then $E(X^2) = $? Do we have to draw up a table for $n=0,1,2,\ldots,n$ and then use the ...
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The relation of $P(X=x+1)$ and $P(X=x)$ in binomial distribution

If I substitute the values to the binomial probability theory, it appears as such $${n \choose x+1} p^{x+1} (1-p)^{n-x-1}$$ I don't know how to move on... What am I doing wrong, or are you ...
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Why is this a geometric distribution?

For a random variable $X$, $$P(X = x) = (p-1)/p^{(x + 1)}$$ where $p$ is in $(1,\infty)$. Why is $X$ geometrically distributed? (and why would this make it true that $E[X] = 1 / (p - 1)$ ?) I know a ...
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Transformation of random variable

I want to prove the following: $$\text{Let F be a distribution function of any random variable $\\$ and G(x) the quantile function (or inverse) of } \frac 1 {1-F(x)}$$ $$\text{Then, for a standard ...
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Why does $p(x) = \int d\theta \ p(\theta, x) = \delta(x-X)$

I am reading a probability book and at some point, the following equation comes up: $$p(x) = \int d\theta \ p(\theta, x) = \delta(x-X) $$ where $\delta$ is the Dirac delta. Why is this true? I ...
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Distribution and Probability Distribution

I'm studying on the book of Kolmogorov and Fomin: "Elements of the Theory of Functions and Functional Analysis". I'm into the measure theory and I finished the Theorem of Radon-Nikodim. Now finally I ...
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Integral of a bivariate normal cdf

Let $$ \Phi_2(x,y;\rho):=\int_{-\infty}^y\int_{-\infty}^x \frac{1}{2\pi\sqrt{1-\rho^2}}e^{-\frac{1}{2(1-\rho^2)}(s^2+t^2-2st\rho)} \, ds \, dt $$ be the joint cdf of bi-variate normal random ...
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Maximizing the uniformity of density function subject to moment constraints

Background I want to find a probability measure for a continuous random variable, subject to moment constraints, that is maximally "uniform", as defined below: Definition: Maximally Uniform ...
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Mean of Piecewise function resting on IID random variables

Suppose IID random variables $X_t \sim X$ with support on $[0,1]$ and continuous CDF $F(\cdot)$. I wish to compute the expected value (mean) of the a piecewise function with form $$ \Phi (x,\mu) = ...
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A limit of an Integral

Consider the following limit $$K=\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty}\frac{1}{x(1-x)}\left(1-\int_{\mathbb{R}}g(y;x)^x f(y)^{1-x}\mathrm{d}y\right)$$ where $f$ and $g$ are any continuous probability density ...
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Expectation of an exponentiated quadratic form

Given a multivariate normal random $n\times 1$ vector $X \sim N(\mu,\Sigma)$, what is the expectation $$\mathbb{E}[exp(X^TAX+b^TX)]$$ where $A$ is a $n\times n$ matrix and $b$ is a n-dimensional ...
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How to determine long-run probability using conditional probability?

How to determine long-run probability on a calculator and manually? For example: Ben plays a tennis match every day. If he wins on one particular day, the probability that he wins the next day is ...
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Distribution of two-sided boundary stopping time of Brownian motion.

If $B_t$ is a Brownian motion, and a one-sided boundary stopping time is given by: $\tau_a=\inf\{t:B_t=a\}$ the distribution of $\tau_a$ is given by: $f_{\tau_a}(t)=\frac{|a|}{\sqrt{2\pi ...
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Determine the distribution of $\int_0^t (W_s-\frac{s}{t}W_t) ds$, where $(W_s)_{s\geq 0}$ is a brownian motion

I have to find the distribution of $X_t:=\int_0^t (W_s-\frac{s}{t}W_t) ds$ where $(W_s)_{s\geq 0}$ is a brownian motion. I already showed the first integral $\int_0^t W_s ds$ is ...
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Random Variable Problem with unrestricted Parameters Worded Problem

I have no idea how to go about solving (a) -> (c) For (a) Is $k=0.2$, because $\frac{k}{1-0.8}=1$ Hence, $P(Z=z) = 0.2(0.8)^x$ But How do we determine the mean or variance with unrestricted z ...
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Expectation of Random Variable - Probability Worded Problem

The part I am confused with is (c) I found part (a) which is: p(0) = 7/24, p(1) = 21/24, p(2) = 7/40 and p(3) = 1/120 How do we find the values for a and b, for part (c) ?
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Expanding the expected value

How to expand: $E(Y+1)^2$ my working out: $E(Y^2)+E(1^2) = E(Y^2)+1$ (I'm not sure why this is though..) Can someone link to or list the rules for expanding the expected value ......
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Finding values of a constant in a probability distribution

A probability distribution for the random variable $X$ is defined by: $$\mathbb{P}[X=x] = K\cdot(0.9)^x,\quad x = 0,1,2,\ldots$$ It is asked to find $\mathbb{P}[X\geq 2]$. When there is a domain for ...
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Open-ended Bernoulli distribution

I've found myself puzzled by the following simple discrete distribution: open-ended Bernoulli distribution, which I will now define. The distribution has 2 parameters: $p$, the success probability, ...
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How to give rigorous proofs of these two limit statements?

Let $X$ be a random variable with cumulative distribution function $F(x)$. Then how to rigorously prove the following two limit statements? $\lim_{x \to - \infty} F(x) = 0$. $\lim_{x \to + \infty} ...
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Limit of a probability distribution function times $x$

Let $p(x)$ be a probability density function (i.e. non-negative, integrating to 1). Assume further that $\displaystyle\lim_{x\to\pm\infty}p(x)=0$. Is it always true that $$ ...
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Parity of the sum of consecutive Bernoulli random variables

$\newcommand{\Var}{\operatorname{Var}}$I have $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_{n+1}$ i.i.d. rv, each $X_i$ is a Bernoulli rv with parameter $p$, i.e. $X_i \in \{0,1\}$, $P(X_i=0)=1-p$ and $P(X_i=1)=p$ with $0 \leq ...
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Distribution of a quadratic form

Let $A$ be a symmetric positive definite matrix, and $x$ a random vector. Suppose we know the distribution of $x^\top A x$. What can we say about the distribution of $x^\top x$?
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Conditional probability with a normal distribution

Given that Y and L are normally distributed, the expectation of L given Y is $\mu (Y)$ and the variance of L given Y is $\sigma ^2 (Y)$, why is the conditional probability $P(L > x| Y) = \Phi ...
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characteristic function of $\sum_i^N X_i$, $N$ is a Poisson distribution

I have a series of $X_i$ random variables, identically and independent distributed. $S_n=\sum_i^N X_i$, with $N$ which has a Poisson distribution and is independent from $X_i$. I have to compute the ...
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Distribution of numbers in everyday life

If you were to read tomorrow's newspaper it is intuitively more likely that the whole number 1 would appear more times than 643689443. Is there an expected distribution of numbers used in general? ...
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Conditional probability for random variables with different distributions

Random variables $X$ and $Y$ are independent, where $X$ is exponentially distributed with parameter $1$ and $Y$ has uniform distribution on $[-1,1]$ interval. Find $\mathbb{P}(Y>0|X+Y>1)$. My ...
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expected value product dependent random variables

My question is strictly operative, if I have, for instance, two random variables $X$ and $Y$, $X$ is a $\mathcal{N}(m,\sigma^2)$ and $Y=e^{h(X-m)-1/2(h^2\sigma^2)}$. $E[Ye^X]$ is $\int y e^x p(x) ...
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Normal approximation with dependent variables

I have a sequence of $N$ dependent random variables $$y_i = \frac{x_i}{||\vec x||_2} \quad \mathrm{for} \quad \vec x \sim \mathcal N(0,\mathbb{1}_N),$$ where the $x_i$ are the iid elements of $\vec ...
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Poisson, Gamma distribution example.

Can someone explain me answer for these questions? Suppose customers arrive at a store as a Poisson process with λ = 10 customers per hour. The Poisson process of X ∼ Poisson(λ) the time until k ...
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normality of data

Does the qqplot below suggest that the data is normally distributed? The fact that it's nearly perfectly linear is to me an indication of normality. However, the Anderson-Darling test for some reason ...
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Uniform sampling with replacement item frequency

Suppose we are sampling from $N$ distinct items uniformly with replacement $M$ times. What can be said about the distribution of frequencies of items drawn? For example, if I sort all the frequencies ...
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Soccer and probability distributions

The USA soccer team is going to play a championship with 7 other tems. The 8 teams, are going to be divided in two groups of 4 each one. From the participants, Brazil is considered the strongest team ...
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Testing for the independence of random variables

In probability theory, $X$ and $Y$ are independent if: $f_{X|Y}(x|y)=f_X(x)f_Y(y)$ If I have sample $Y_1,...,Y_n$ and I would like to test if $Y_i$ is independent from the rest of the sample, I ...
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Finding the conditional probability from a conditional distribution function

I'm taking a probability theory class and I'm having troubles with multivariate distributions. In particular, I don't really understand how to find conditional probabilities. Here's a question I'm ...
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Question about the Bayesian Inference of a parameter

In order to understand the difference between the Frequentist and Bayesian inference, I was reading the presentation at: http://www.stat.ufl.edu/archived/casella/Talks/BayesRefresher.pdf . In order to ...
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Probability: Gamma Function vs Gamma Distribution

Could someone help me with setting up the function of this question. I've been setting it up with the gamma distribution function but kept getting the wrong answer. What I did was I used the Gamma ...
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Transforming distributions

There is an economy, populated by a large number of agents. A first order condition common to all agents, is the following: $$E[\exp^{(1-\theta)\eta_i}(r-R+\eta_i)]=0$$ the index $i$ indicates the ...