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Given the pdf of independent RVs $I$ and $R$, how to find cdf of $W =I^2R$?

Given pdf of $I$ and $R$ (both $I$ and $R$ are independent RV's), how to find cdf of $W =I^2R$? Where, $$ \begin{align} f_I(i)&=6i(1-i), &0 \leq i \leq 1 \\ f_R(r)&=2r, &0 \leq ...
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Proof of upper-tail inequality for standard normal distribution

$X \sim \mathcal{N}(0,1)$, then to show that for $x > 0$, $$ \mathbb{P}(X>x) \leq \frac{\exp(-x^2/2)}{x \sqrt{2 \pi}} \>. $$
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Expectation of the maximum of IID geometric random variables

Given $n$ independent geometric random variables $X_n$, each with probability parameter $p$ (and thus expectation $E\left(X_n\right) = \frac{1}{p}$), what is $$E_n = E\left(\max_{i \in 1 .. ...
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Proof that the sum of two Gaussian variables is another Gaussian

The sum of two Gaussian variables is another Gaussian. It seems natural, but I could not find a proof using Google. What's a short way to prove this? Thanks! Edit: Provided the two variables are ...
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Sum of independent Gamma distributions is a Gamma distribution

If $X\sim \mathrm{Gamma}(a_1,b)$ and $Y \sim \mathrm{Gamma}(a_2,b)$, I need to prove $X+Y\sim(a_1+a_2,b)$ if $X$ and $Y$ are independent. I am trying to apply formula for independence integral and ...
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probability distribution of coverage of a set after `X` independently, randomly selected members of the set

I have a set of numbers where I am randomly and independently selecting elements within a set . After a number of these random element selections I want to know the coverage of the elements in the ...
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What is the name of this theorem, and are there any caveats?

For random variable $X$ that follows some distribution, $f(x)$ is the probability density function of that distribution if and only if $$\mathbb{E}[\phi(X)] = \int_{-\infty}^\infty \phi(x) f(x)dx$$ ...
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Integral of Brownian motion is Gaussian?

Let $(W_t)$ be a standard Brownian motion, so that $W_t \sim N(0,t)$. I'm trying to show that the random variable defined by $Z_t = \int_0^t W_s \ ds$ is a Gaussian random variable, but have not ...
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Proof of $\frac{(n-1)S^2}{\sigma^2} \backsim \chi^2_{n-1}$

It's a standard result that given $X_1,\cdots ,X_n $ random sample from $N(\mu,\sigma^2)$, the random variable $$\frac{(n-1)S^2}{\sigma^2}$$ has a chi-square distribution with $(n-1)$ degrees of ...
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Maximum and minimum of an integral under integral constraints.

Find the maximum and minimum of the following integral in terms of $f(x),a,C$: \begin{align}I=\int_{0}^{a} \frac{x}{f(x)}p(x)dx \end{align} s.t.: 1) $\int_{0}^{a} p(x)dx=1$ 2) $\int_{0}^{a} ...
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Limit using Poisson distribution [duplicate]

Show using the Poisson distribution that $$\lim_{n \to +\infty} e^{-n} \sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{n^k}{k!} = \frac {1}{2}$$
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Conditional expectation equals random variable almost sure

Let $X$ be in $\mathfrak{L}^1(\Omega,\mathfrak{F},P)$ and $\mathfrak{G}\subset \mathfrak{F}$. Prove that if $X$ and $E(X|\mathfrak{G})$ have same distribution, then they are equal almost surely. I ...
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Poisson Distribution of sum of two random independent variables $X$, $Y$

$X \sim \mathcal{P}( \lambda) $ and $Y \sim \mathcal{P}( \mu)$ meaning that $X$ and $Y$ are Poisson distributions. What is the probability distribution law of $X + Y$. I know it is $X+Y \sim ...
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How to compute the sum of random variables of geometric distribution

Let $X_{i}$, $i=1,2,\dots, n$, be independent random variables of geometric distribution, that is, $P(X_{i}=m)=p(1-p)^{m-1}$. How to compute the PDF of their sum $\sum_{i=1}^{n}X_{i}$? I know ...
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Probability density function of a product of uniform random variables

Let $z = xy$ be a product of two uniform random variables, with $x$ having the range $[a, b)$ and $y$ the range $[c, d)$. What is the probability density function of $z$, and how is it calculated?
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Probability of $n$ successes in a row at the $k$-th Bernoulli trial… geometric?

If one has Bernoulli trials with success probability $p$, then it makes sense that the probability of the first success observed to be at trial number $k$ be given by $$(1-p)^{k-1} p.$$ But how ...
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First exit time for Brownian motion without drift

I am dealing with the simulation of particles exhibiting Brownian motion without drift, currently by updating the position in given time steps $\Delta t$ by random displacement in each direction drawn ...
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Quantile function properties

I am confused by "Inverse distribution function (quantile function)" section of the wikipedia page on CDFs . It says that $$F^{-1}(F(x)) \leq x\text{ and }F(F^{-1}(y)) \geq y$$ However, I ...
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Uniform Distribution in [0,1] where P[x1+x2<=x3]

Consider the following question : X1, X2, X3 are 3 independent random variables having uniform distribution between [0,1] then P[x1+x2<=x3] to the greatest value is ? Now this is not a homework. ...
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Distribution of the digits of Pi

Can anything be stated about the distribution of the digits of Pi, i.e., if I were to sample n digits of Pi, can anything be said about the probability to observe certain digits, or is there any ...
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Characteristic function of product of normal random variables

I would like to find the characteristic function of the product of two independent brownian motions. This boils down to the characteristic function of the product of two normal random variables. This ...
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Find the pdf of $\prod_{i=1}^n X_i$, where $X_is$ are independent uniform [0,1] random variables.

How do I find the pdf of $\prod_{i=1}^n X_i$, where $X_is$ are independent uniform [0,1] random variables. I know X~U[0,1], -ln(x) is exponential(1). I also know the sum of two or more independent ...
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Multivariate normal and multivariate Bernoulli

Say I only have the mean vector and the covariance matrix of some multivaraite distribution X, where all single-variable marinals are normal (note: this is not generally a multinormal distribution). ...
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{Thinking}: Why equivalent percentage increase of A and decrease of B is not the same end result?

original post the examples here are, the most important word -- fundamentally -- the same. example1: the most abstract way to present this example. Why equivalent % increase of A in event1 and % ...
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Computation of the probability density function for $(X,Y) = \sqrt{2 R} ( \cos(\theta), \sin(\theta))$

Let $R$ be a almost surely non-negative continuous random variable with absolutely continuous measure, and $\Theta$ be an independent random variable, uniformly distributed on the interval $[0, 2 ...
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Exponential distribution from Poisson

In Poisson distribution, the probability of inter arrival time to be t or less is: $$ P(X\leq t)= 1 - P(X>t) = 1 - P(0 \mbox{ arrivals in } t) = 1 - e^{-\lambda t} $$ and probability of one ...
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Distribution of a difference of two Uniform random variables?

Let $X$ and $Y$ both be distributed between $[1,2]$, what is the distribution of $Z=X-Y$?
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Sum of two uniform random variables

I am calculating the sum of two uniform random variables $X$ and $Y$, so that the sum is $X+Y = Z$. Since the two are independent, their densities are $f_X(x)=f_Y(x)=1$ if $0\leq x\leq1$ and $0$ ...
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For symmetric stable distributions, why is $\alpha \le 2$?

I'm preparing a lecture on stable distributions, and I'm trying to find a simple explanation of the following fact. Suppose we are trying to come up with stable distributions. From the definition, ...
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Is there a uniform distribution over the real line?

For every interval $[a,b]$, there exists a uniform probability density over this interval, which is the constant function $f(x)=\frac{1}{|a-b|}$ for $a < x < b$, and $f(x)=0$ for all other $x$. ...
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Combinations of characteristic functions: $\alpha\phi_1+(1-\alpha)\phi_2$

Suppose we are given two characteristic functions: $\phi_1,\phi_2$ and I want to take a weighted average of them as below: $\alpha\phi_1+(1-\alpha)\phi_2$ for any $\alpha\in [0,1]$ Can it be proven ...
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Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ are independent $N(0, \sigma^2)$ random variables. What is the distribution of $X_1^2 + X_2^2$?

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ are independent $N(0, \sigma^2)$ which means (mean = 0, variance = $\sigma^2$) random variables. What is the distribution of $X_1^2 + X_2^2$? My approach is that $X_1\sim N(0, ...
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Help with convergence in distribution

$Y$ is a random variable with $$M(t) = \frac{1}{(2-\exp(t))^s}.$$ Does $$\frac{Y-E(Y)}{\sqrt{\operatorname{Var}(Y)}}$$ converge in distribution as $s$ tends to infinity? I let $Z = ...
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About the total number of twin primes in the vicinity of twin primes

Just for curiosity's sake, I did a test regarding twin primes, and I have doubts about the meaning of the results. Test: calculation of ${\pi_2}$(n) and the twin primes density in the vicinity of ...
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Prove that the maximum of $n$ independent standard normal random variables, is assyptotically equivalent to $\sqrt(2\log n)$ almost surely.

Lets $(X_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ be an iid sequence of standard normal random variables. Define $$M_n=\max_{1\leq i\leq n} X_i.$$ Prove that $$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} \frac{M_n}{\sqrt{2\log ...
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Probability distribution for the perimeter and area of triangle with fixed circumscribed radius

Given a circle with radius R = 1, I'm trying to find either the probability distribution function or the density function for the space of triangle, which is randomly selected on this circle. The same ...
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Probability density function vs. probability mass function

I've an confession to make. I've been using pdf's and pmf's without actually knowing what they are. The idea that I've been having so long is that density = area under the curve but if I look at it ...
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Conditional return time of simple random walk

Consider a simple symmetric random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$, $(S_t)_{t \geq 0}$. Call $\tau_k = \min\{t \in \mathbb{N}\, : \, \, S_t =k \}$, the hitting time of $k \in \mathbb{N}$. Call $\tau^* = \min\{t ...
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Uniform distribution with probability density function. Find the value of $k$.

For a random sample $X_1,X_2,...X_n$ from a uniform $[0,\Theta]$ distribution, with probability density function $$f(x;\Theta) = \left\{ \begin{array} \ \frac{1}{\Theta} & 0\le x \le\Theta,\\ 0 ...
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How to calculate $E[(\int_0^t{W_sds})^n], n \geq 2$

Let $W_t$ be a standard one dimension Brownian Motion with $W_0=0$ and $X_t=\int_0^t{W_sds}$. With the help of ito formula, we could get $$E[(X_t)^2]=\frac{1}{3}t^3$$ $$E[(X_t)^3]=0$$ When I try to ...
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Sum of Independent Folded-Normal distributions

Let $X$ and $Y$ be independent, normally distributed random variables. How is $|X| + |Y|$ distributed? Is it known to be $|Z|$, where $Z$ is distributed normally?
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Upper/lower bound on covariance two dependent random random variables.

X and Y are two dependent random variables. Marginal pmfs f(X) and f(Y) is given, but joint pmf f(X,Y) is not known. Is it possible to find upper/lower bound on covariance cov(X,Y)?
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Are polynomials dense in Gaussian Sobolev space?

Let $\mu$ be standard Gaussian measure on $\mathbb{R}^n$, i.e. $d\mu = (2\pi)^{-n/2} e^{-|x|^2/2} dx$, and define the Gaussian Sobolev space $H^1(\mu)$ to be the completion of ...
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Random point uniform on a sphere

If $X=(x,y,z)$ is a random point uniform on the unit sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$, Are the coordinates $x$, $y$, $z$ uniform in interval $(-1,1)$?
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Continuous probability distribution with no first moment but the characteristic function is differentiable

I am looking for an example of a continuous distribution function where the first moment does not exist but the characteristic function is differentiable everywhere. Cauchy distributions do not ...
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Transformation of Difference of Random Variables

I am trying to get the probability distribution function of $Z=X-Y$. Given that $f_X(x)$ and $f_Y(y)$ are known, and both variables are chi-square distributed, $X\in\mathbb{R}$, $X\ge 0$, and ...
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Formal definition of conditional probability

It would be extremely helpful if anyone gives me the formal definition of conditional probability and expectation in the following setting, given probability space $ (\Omega, \mathscr{A}, \mu ) $ ...
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Sum of Bernoulli random variables with different success probabilities

Let $X_{i} \in \{0,1\}$ be Bernouli random variable with probability of success $p_{i}$, i.e., $P(X_{i}=1) = p_{i}$ and $P(X_{i}=0) = 1-p_{i}$ and let $Y=\sum_{i=1}^{n}X_{i}$ for $n>0$. Is it ...
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Conditional expectation of $E[X|Z]$ where $Z= \max(X,Y)$

I am trying to obtain the following conditional expectation $$E[X|Z]$$ where $Z= \max(X,Y)$ and $X,Y$ are independent Gaussian random variables. Can you help me with this? Thank you!
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What is the density of the product of $k$ i.i.d. normal random variables?

Say you have $k$ i.i.d. normal random variables with some mean $\mu$ and variance $\sigma^2$ and you multiply them all together. What is the density function of the result?