Could some one please provide me with a detailed proof of the following linear properties of Expectation. I found a couple of informal proofs for these on the internet which dont outline the fact that how are the constants taken out of the Event of the probability and the infinite summation.
Property 1: E(X+c)=E(X)+E(c)
Property 2: E(aX) = aE(X)$
where E(X) = \sum_n n Pr(X=n)
Thanks RonL for your reply and outlining the proof steps.
I still have one confusion about the steps that you mentioned. My understanding is that according to the definition of the Expectation E(X + c) would be equal to
$\sum_n n * (Pr (X + c = n))$
So I didn't quite understand how did you get
\$sum_n (n + c) Pr (X=n) $
in the first step of your proof sequence.
Similarly, in the second property, I dont understand how did you get to the first step using the definition of expectation, i.e, from $\sum_n n * (Pr (aX = n))$ to
$\sum_n a * n * (Pr (X = n)) $
and in your first example
In fact in your definition:
Don't you have a problem in that is not defined for non-integer (since X is a discrete random variable taking integer values)? While should be defined for any real or complex
Now, I am really confused ....It seems that all my understanding about the expectation that I developed in the past few days is wrong ...
In the definition that I gave, c, is also an integer and not a real number. But still I think that there is some problem with my definition now.
RonL: Could you please give me a formal definition of expectation and shed a little bit of light about all the parameters that are present there. I would greatly appreciate that. and thanks for all your help.