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Unformatted text preview: Stochastic Processes Homework 2: Wednesday, January 30 Due: Wednesday, February 6 The total variation distance between two continuous realvalued random variables X and Y with densities f X , f Y is denoted d TV ( X, Y ) and defined as d TV ( X, Y ) = Z R  f X ( z ) f Y ( z )  dz. Illustration of total variation distance: the total area shaded light grey is the total variation distance between random vari ables having densitites f X and f Y . f_X f_Y 1. Show that the total variation distance between two continuous realvalued random variables X, Y satisfies d TV ( X, Y ) = 2 sup A R  P { X A }  P { Y A } . You may want to prove and use the fact that the two halves of the light grey region in the figure above have the same area. 2. Let X and Y be two continuous realvalued random variables X, Y defined on the same probability space. Using (1) , show that P { X = Y } 1 1 2 d TV ( X, Y ). Note that the righthand side does not depend on the joint distribution of...
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