Math136/Stat219 Fall 2008
Sample Midterm
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1.
(4x2) Let Ω =
IR
with event space
B
and the uniform probability measure
U
on (0
,
1).
a)
Find the distribution functions
F
X
(
x
),
F
Y
(
y
) and
F
V
(
v
) that correspond to the random
variables
X
(
ω
) =
ω
,
Y
(
ω
) = 0
.
5
I
A
(
ω
) and
V
(
ω
) =
I
B
(
ω
), where
A
= (0
,
1
/
3) and
B
=
[1
/
4
,
1
/
3).
ANS:
Recall that
U
((
−∞
, x
]) =
x
when 0
< x <
1, with
U
((
−∞
, x
]) = 1 when
x
≥
1 and
U
((
−∞
, x
]) = 0 when
x
≤
0. Consequently,
F
X
(
x
) =
U
((
−∞
, x
]) =
xI
[0
,
1)
(
x
) +
I
[1
,
∞
)
(
x
).
We also know that
P
(
Y
= 0
.
5) =
U
(
A
) = 1
/
3 and
P
(
Y
= 0) =
U
(
A
c
) = 2
/
3.
Hence,
F
Y
(
y
) = (2
/
3)
I
[0
,
0
.
5)
(
y
) +
I
[0
.
5
,
∞
)
(
y
).
Similarly,
V
is an indicator RV with
P
(
V
= 1) =
U
(
B
) = 1
/
3
−
1
/
4 = 1
/
12, hence
F
V
(
v
) = (11
/
12)
I
[0
,
1)
(
v
) +
I
[1
,
∞
)
(
v
).
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