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$U \sim \mathrm {Unif} (0,1)$. Let $\alpha > 0$. Then find the density function of $X=U^{-\frac 1 {\alpha}}$. I have found that if $F$ is the cumulative distribution function of the random variable $X$ then $$ F(x) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} 0 & \quad \frac {1} {x^{\alpha}} < 0 \\ 1 - x^{-\alpha} & \quad 0 < \frac 1 {x^{\alpha}} < 1 \\ 1 & \quad \frac {1} {x^{\alpha}} > 1 \end{array} \right. $$

Can it be simplified more? Please help me in this regard.

Thank you very much.

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  • $\begingroup$ But the problem is that $F$ is not defined at $0$. $\endgroup$ – Dbchatto67 Sep 7 '18 at 8:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Dbchatto67 CDF are right-continuous. $\endgroup$ – Yuta Sep 7 '18 at 8:11
  • $\begingroup$ @drhab The random variable is greater than $1$ so the expressions obtained by OP are wrong. $\endgroup$ – Kabo Murphy Sep 7 '18 at 8:17
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The correct answer is this: $F(x)=0$ for $x<1$ and $F(x)=1-x^{-\alpha}$ for $x \geq 1$. The density is given by $f(x)=0$ for $x<1$ and $f(x)=\alpha x^{-\alpha -1}$ for $x >1$

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  • $\begingroup$ sir that means $X \sim \mathrm {Pareto}\ ({\alpha})$. Right? $\endgroup$ – Dbchatto67 Sep 7 '18 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ You could equally say $F(x)=0$ for $x\le 1$ and $F(x)=1-x^{-\alpha}$ for $x \gt 1$ $\endgroup$ – Henry Sep 7 '18 at 8:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Henry Of course! I don't know what point you are trying to make because your answer and mine are exactly the same. $\endgroup$ – Kabo Murphy Sep 7 '18 at 8:19

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