Hi everybody,

I have a question regarding how to proceed with the following problem. I am required to produce a moment generating function for the following problem. I would like to know if the operation I performed is valid for this question.I never understood mgf's that well.

Question:

A balanced coin is flipped repeatedly until a head appears. Let X denote the number of flips needed. Define Y = 2X-1.

Find the moment generating function for Y.

My reasoning:

This is a geometric distribution (discrete random variable).

I applied the definition of the m.g.f.

$\displaystyle m_{y}(t) = \Sigma e^t(2X-1) \times q^x-1 \times p $

Note: I'm new to latex. Please consider the (2X-1) as raised to the power of e, along with the t.

Is this the valid first step for this problem, and others like it?

Thanks for your time!