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$lim_{n→∞}P((/1√n)\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(−1)^{i}X_{i}\leq$x) equals?

Let X1, X2, . . . be a sequence of i.i.d. random variables with variance 2. Then for all x, $lim_{n→∞}P((/1√n)\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(−1)^{i}X_{i}\leq$x) equals $(A) Φ(x√2)$ $(B) Φ(x/√2)$ $(C) Φ(x)$ $(D) ...
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Interpreting SAS output - Roots of AR Characteristic Polynomial

I urgently need help on interpreting the numbers from a SAS output on Characteristic Roots: The VARMAX Procedure The VARMAX Procedure Roots of AR Characteristic Polynomial Index Real Imaginary Modulus ...
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Characteristic function and Fourier transform for a discrete random variable!

Let $\phi_{x}(t)= E [ e^{itx}]$ be the characteristic function If X is a continuous random variable, then: $\phi_{x}(t)= E [ e^{itx}] = \int e^{itx} f(x)dx$ (being $f(x)$ the probability density ...
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What is “t” in generating functions?

I am studying generating functions applied to probability (moment generating functions, probability generating functions and characteristic functions). I perfectly see their purposes and usefulnesses, ...
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Goodness of fit using characteristic function

When assessing goodness of fit of a model, one can use, for example, a Q-Q plot of empirical vs theoretical distributions. But how does one perform a GoF assessment when there is no closed form ...
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How can you determine if a function is heavy tailed from its characteristic function?

The question is given as follow: Let $N$ have a Poisson distribution with mean $\lambda$. $X_i$ is Cauchy distribution with mode 0 and and scaling parameter $1$. Find the characteristic function ...
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Why do we use exponent in characteristic function?

A student who is attending probability 101, learned about normal distribution and generating functions recently. We are given a "generating function" as follows: $$G(t)=<e^{itx}>=\int_{-\infty}^...
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What is the characteristic function of a rectified Normal distribution?

Rectified Normal distribution is a hybrid distribution with the following pdf: $f(x;\mu ,\sigma ^{2})=\Phi (-{\frac {\mu }{\sigma }})\delta (x)+{\frac {1}{{\sqrt {2\pi \sigma ^{2}}}}}\;e^{{-{\frac ...
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How to perform van Zyl's (2018) ecf-based normality test in R [closed]

I have been reading quite a bit on empirical characteristic function (ecf) based normality tests, but cannot find any functions to perform such a test in R and lack the mathematical ability to figure ...
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How to find the characteristic function of a function related with Shannon entropy?

A random variable X is distributed with a known probability distribution $p(x)$. Suppose that $x$ is sampled in an independent and identically distributed process and with the results $\vec{x}=(x_1,...
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Characteristic Function of a Compound Poisson Process

The definition of a compound Poisson process and its characteristic function I have are the following: Let $\lambda>0$ and $N\sim\text{Poisson}(\lambda T)$. Also, $\{X_i\}_{i=1}^N$ are i.i.d. ...
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Expected of number of discrete uniform variables whose sum is bigger than k (from characteristic function of discrete Irwin–Hall distribution?)

The problem Imagine we keep uniformly drawing $n$ integers $X_i$ from {0, 1, ..., 9} so that their sum is more than $10$. For instance, one draw would be {1, 0, 2, 5, 3}, hence $n=5$, and repeat this ...
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Probability distribution from moments? [duplicate]

I would like to get the probability distribution (either pdf or cdf) for a variable, by knowing the first n-moments of the distribution. I ask: Is there a standard way to deal with this, and maybe a ...
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How can we write the below characteristic function?

Let us assume that $X$ is a random variable and $a$ is a constant. Now suppose $Y=a+bX$, what would the characteristic function of $Y$ would be? Is it? \begin{eqnarray} \mathbb{E}_X\left[\exp(iuY)\...
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On likelihood functions and characteristic functions

Let me preface this by saying that if someone manages to provide a solution to my problem, I will forever be indebted to them, as this problem has driven me crazy. Let us first assume that the ...
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A question about characteristic functions

A probability 101 question. We know that if two variables $X$ and $Y$ are independent then the characteristic function $\phi_{X+Y}(u)$ can be written as \begin{equation} \phi_{X+Y}(u)=\phi_{X}(u)\phi_{...
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A simple question about expectations

@psboonstra This is a valid point. After posting it, I too realized that the question is ill-posed. I attempted to oversimplify a problem that I had encountered in finding a characteristic function of ...
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Question about the log-normal distribution

The main object of my question is this: if $X$ has a log-normal distribution, $Y = X + Z$ and $Y$ has the same distribution as that of $Z^2$ (in other words, $F_{Z^2} = F_{X+Z}$) and $X, Z$ are ...
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Random variables $X, Z$ such that $Z$ and $\sqrt{X + Z}$ have the same distribution?

I am looking for the distribution of a random variable $Z$ defined as $$Z = \sqrt{X_1+\sqrt{X_2+\sqrt{X_3+\cdots}}} .$$ Here the $X_k$'s are i.i.d. and have same distribution as $X$. 1. Update I ...
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Expected value of $e^{sP}$ where s is a complex number and $P$ is a Poisson rv

For each positive integer $N$, let $ B_N$ be a binomial $(N,1/3)$ random variable and $P$ be a Poisson(5) random variable. I am trying to understand the statistics of $B_P$. Could someone please hint ...
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Difference between characteristic function and F-transform

I'm struggling to understand the difference between this two functions. I have this condition: $P_j:=\mathbb{Q}(S_T>K):=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{\pi}\int_{0}^{+\infty}Re[\frac{e^{iuK}f_j(u,x,v)}{iu}]\...
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Finding the characteristic function of a simple linear PDF

X is a random variable with a pdf of $ f(x) = \begin{cases} x/2, & 0 \le x \le 2 \\ 0, & \text{otherwise} \end{cases}$ I tried finding the characteristic function of this but ended up with ...
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How to pass from {Probability density function, convolution} to {Probability density function, characteristic function}?

In Forsman, W.C. (1986) "Polymers in solution: theoretical considerations and newer methods of characterization", Springer, New York. https://www.springer.com/la/book/9780306421464 page 24, it states:...
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How to modify the mean and variance/dispersion of a given distribution

I am trying to find a parametric adjustment that allows modifying the mean and variance/dispersion of a given distribution. Ideally, this adjustment would be implemented through a parametric function ...
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Sampling from characteristic/moment generating function

Suppose I am given a probability distribution only via its characteristic or moment generating function and I want to sample from that distribution to generate paths in a Monte Carlo simulation. Is ...
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Proving the characteristic function involving sequence of 2 iid variables [duplicate]

We have an iid sequence with: $X_1,X_2,...$ with mean $\mu$ and variance $\sigma^2$. We have another similar sequence: $$Y_1,Y_2,...$$. We have a sequence $U1,U_2,...$ where, $U_n=1/\sqrt(2(n\sigma^...
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Proof of Convergence in Distribution with unbounded moment

I posted the question here, but no one has provided an answer, so I am hoping I could get an answer here. Thanks very much! Prove that given $\{X_n\}$ being a sequence of iid r.v's with density $|x|^{...
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Application of Central Limit Theorem - Uniform Distribution

The following question I found on an old exam: Given $n$ i.i.d. random variables $X_k$, $1 \leq k \leq n$, with uniform distribution on $[-1,1]$, it is easy to compute the characteristic function of ...
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Link between moment-generating function and characteristic function

I am trying to understand the link between the moment-generating function and characteristic function. The moment-generating function is defined as: $$ M_X(t) = E(\exp(tX)) = 1 + \frac{t E(X)}{1} + \...
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When to prefer the moment generating function to the characteristic function?

Let $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, P)$ be a probability space, and let $X : \Omega \to \mathbb{R}^n$ be a random vector. Let $P_X = X_* P$ be the distribution of $X$, a Borel measure on $\mathbb{R}^n$. The ...
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finding process corresponding to laplace transform

I have a positive stochastic process $X(t)$ with Laplace transforms $$ \mathbb{E}\left[\mathrm{e}^{-uX(t)}\right]=\left(\frac{a+u\mathrm{e}^{-\kappa t}}{a+u}\right)^{b} $$ One can clearly see that the ...
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Good book on characteristic functions that includes the CF-proof of the CLT

The title basically says it all. I would like to learn about CF in order to understand the proof of the CLT that makes use of CF. Ideally I would like to read a book that does not only give proves of ...
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Characteristic function inequality

Random variable $X$ and its characteristic function $\phi_X(t)$ then $$\Pr\left(|X|>\frac2T\right) \leq 2\left(1 - \frac1{2T}\int_{-T}^{T}\phi_X(t)dt\right) $$ I cannot find a way how to ...
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Characteristic function example with Bernoulli and Poisson random variables

Let $\{X_n:n\ge 1\}$ be a sequence of i.i.d. Bernoulli random variables with probability of success $0<p<1$, i.e, $$P\{X_1=1\}=1-P\{X_1=0\}=p.$$ The random variable $Y$ is independent of the ...
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Noncentral chi² with a noncentral chi² noncentrality parameter

Denote by $\chi^2(\nu,\lambda)$ the noncentral chi-square distribution with degrees of freedom $\nu$ and noncentrality parameter $\lambda$. If $\Lambda \sim \chi^2(\nu, 2\theta)$ and $(X \mid \Lambda)...
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Prove that $E[g(X)] = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}G(t)\phi(t) dt$

Let $X$ denote a real-valued random variable with characteristic function $\phi$. Suppose that $g$ is a real-valued function on $\mathbb{R}$ that has the representation $\hspace{25mm}g(x) = \int_{-\...
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Central limit theorem proof not using characteristic functions

Is there any proof for the CLT not using characteristic functions, a simpler method? Maybe Tikhomirov or Stein's methods? Something self-contained you can explain to a university student (first year ...
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What is the distribution of an affine transformation of a log-normal variable?

Let $X$ be a log-normal variate and $Y = aX + b$ is the affine transformation X. Is $Y$ log-normal? I suspect it is not. Since $X$ is log-normal, its expected value is $$ E[X] = \exp(M + S^2/2) $$ ...
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What is the most surprising characterization of the Gaussian (normal) distribution?

A standardized Gaussian distribution on $\mathbb{R}$ can be defined by giving explicitly its density: $$ \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}e^{-x^2/2}$$ or its characteristic function. As recalled in this ...
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The mgf and cf of Student's t distribution

A student's t distributed rv $X$ has characteristic function but no moment generating function. I wonder if cf(X)=$E[e^{itX}]$, why we cannot take $t=-iu$ to get the mgf $E[e^{uX}]$? (This question ...
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How to compute the characteristic function of two random variables with different distributions?

What are the steps to obtain the following result: Given that X have $\Gamma(1,s)$ distribution; and that X=x, and Y have the Poisson distribution with parameter x. Then the characteristic function ...
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What is the purpose of characteristic functions?

I'm hoping that someone can explain, in layman's terms, what a characteristic function is and how it is used in practice. I've read that it is the Fourier transform of the pdf, so I guess I know what ...
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Time series (stochastic process) estimating parameters using characteristic function

I have a time series of assets ${A_1, A_2, ..., A_n}$, which is described by a sophisticated distribution having the following characteristic function: $\phi(u; t;\theta)$, where $\theta$ is a vector ...
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Deconvolution with fourier transform or characteristic function?

Let us consider the following model: $$Y_j = X_j + \epsilon_j \hspace{15pt} j=1, ..., n$$ Where $Y_j$ is a noisy signal, $\epsilon_j$ is the noise which is independend from the signal $X_j$. We have ...
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Characteristic function of distribution

$$p(x)=e^{-2 |x|}$$ with x in [-inf, +inf]. I've calculated the characteristic function as $E[e^{ikx}]=\frac{1}{ik+2}-\frac{1}{ik-2}=\frac{4}{k^2+4}$. Now i'd like the moments.. so I suppose I should ...
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Characteristic Function proof

Let $\phi_1,\ldots,\phi_n$ denote characteristic functions for distributions on the real line. Let $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ denote nonnegative constants such that $a_1+\ldots+a_n = 1$. Show that $$\hspace{...
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Get Characteristic Function from MGF? [duplicate]

I've been calculating characteristic functions and MGF's and was wondering whether we can always get the characteristic function simply by substituting $it$ instead of $t$ in the resulting equation. ...
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Characteristic function and Fourier transform

I understand the definition of characteristic functions used in probability theory: For a random Variable $X$ with probability density function $f_X$ the characteristic function is defined as: $$\...
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Dependent / Independent random variables with identical Cumulative distribution function

I'm stuck with an assignment, hope you guys can help. Question: Show, that there exist random variables $X,Y,X',Y'$ on a Probability Space $(\Omega, \mathscr{F},P)$, so that $X$ and $Y$ are not ...
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Finding the characteristic function of $Y \sim U(-1,1)$

I know that $\phi_Y(t) = E(e^{itY})=E(\cos(tY))+iE(\sin(tY))$ After integration I have found that $E(\cos(tY))= \frac{\sin(t)}{t}$ and $E(\sin(tY))=0$. So is the characteristic function just $\frac{\...