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Unformatted text preview: = W0×G1× G2 ×⋅⋅⋅× Gn This is one of the reason why log-normal random variables appear frequently in financial asset modeling! • Key Takeaway: If X is a product of a large number of independent random quantities, then X can e approximately modeled as a log-normal random variable. 5 • Poisson Processes Consider the arrivals to Amazon.com over a period of 1 month Total Arrivals Customer 1 Customer 2 Customer 3 . . . independent The arrivals can be expressed as a superposition of n sources. In this case, each source corresponds to a customer. • • Palm-Khintchine Theorem: As n →∞, the arrival process approaches the Poisson process! Other Examples: call center, restaurant, grocery stores, etc. Key Takeaway: Poisson process works well in modeling arrival processes Note: The Palm-Khintchine Theorem assumes that each source is stationary (that is, no time-of-day or seasonality effects). If each source exhibits time-of-day effects, then the superpositions will approach non-stationary Poisson process! 6 • Weibull Random Variables Consider serial and parallel systems consisting of n components: • • • In a serial system, if one component breaks, the entire system fails. In a parallel system, the system fail when ALL components break. Let Y1,Y2, ...,Yn denote the lifetime of each component, and let L denote the life time of the system L = max{ Y1,Y2,....,Yn} L = min{ Y1,Y2,....,Yn} Under certain conditions, if the lifetimes of the components are i.i.d., then L will approximately have a Weibull distribution when n is large! Key Takeaway: The lifetime of a complicated system can be approximated by a Weibull distribution! 7 Histograms and Bar Plots • • • In addition to theoretical justifications, we also need do a “visual” check to assess the fit of a particular family of distribution. Histogram of the data indcates the shape of the probability density function (p.d.f.) from which the data have been sampled. • • • By looking at the histogram, we can often “guess” the family of distribution...
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