Hey JDAWES.
Hint: To be a valid PDF what does the integral over the whole space have to be?
To be a valid PDF the integral has to equal 1 right? I have an answer but I don't know if it is right!
k= 1+0.5x-0.25x^2. I integrated with respect to first x and then y. The first integral i got x/k and then subbed in y and -2. Then i integrated again and got y^2/2k - 2y/k and then input limits of 2 and x and ended up with the above!
That makes no sense. The integral over an area cannot be a function of either variable. The "outer" integral must have constants as limits. Your region is described as "-2<=x<y<=2" which is the same as saying , , which would give an integral . Or it can be given as , , which would give an integral .
A simpler way to do this is to note that since k is a constant, the integral . That is, the integral of just dxdy (or dydx) over a region in the plane is the area of that region. Here the region is a triangle of with vertices at (-2, -2), (-2, 2), and (2, 2). That triangle is a right triangle with legs of length 4 and so has area (1/2)(4)(4)= 8. Your condition is 8/k= 1.
The "marginal density", of X, is the probatility of x over all possible values of y. It is given by the first integral , a function of x. The marginal density of Y is the other way: , a function of y.