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    2 convergence in distribution questions

    First one:
    Suppose X_n \sim Bin(n, p). Show that as n \rightarrow \infty
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\frac{X^2_n - n^2 p^2}{2(pn)^\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{1-p})} \stackrel{D}{\rightarrow} Z \sim N(0,1)<br />
    In a previous question I proved that \frac{X_n - np}{\sqrt{np(1-p)}} \stackrel{D}{\rightarrow} Z \sim N(0,1), so for this one, do I just have to show that the left hand side is X^2_n and that from the continuous mapping theorem, it also converges in distribution to Z as well. But I got stuck on showing that the left hand side is X^2_n so I'm not sure if that's the way to go.


    Second one:
    Show that (1-X_n)^{-1} \stackrel{D}{\rightarrow} (1-X)^{-1} given that X_n \sim P(X_n = \frac{i}{n}) = \frac{1}{n}, i = 0, 1, 2, 3, .. n-1
    I tried to prove it using the MGF of Xn but I got stuck on the algebra after
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E(e^{\lambda X_n}) = \sum_{x=\frac{i}{n}}^{\frac{n-1}{n}} e^{\lambda x} P(X=x)<br />
    I'm not even sure the sum is right since I didn't write anything down for i. Is using the MGF the way to go or should I go back to the definition or use some other method?
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    For your first question, the key trick is to write X_n^2-n^2p^2=(X_n-np)(X_n+np). You know that X_n-np, suitably normalized, converges in distribution. As for X_n+np, the LLN shows that \frac{X_n+np}{np}=\frac{X_n}{np}+1 converges almost-surely (and hence in distribution) to 2.

    For the second one, do you have an intuition of what X_n looks like? Once you have it, prove that (X_n)_n converges in distribution to you-guessed-what, using the cumulative distribution function (which I prefer) or the MGF. Then deduce the result about \frac{1}{1-X}.

    By the way, the MGF is E[e^{\lambda X_n}]=\sum_{i=0}^{n-1}e^{\lambda\frac{i}{n}}P(X_n=\frac{i}{n})=\sum_{i  =0}^{n-1}e^{\lambda\frac{i}{n}}\frac{1}{n}. You can simplify this expression (sum of n terms in a geometric sequence...).
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    Ok so for the first one:
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\frac{X^2_n - n^2 p^2}{2(pn)^\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{1-p})} = \frac{X_n - np}{\sqrt{np(1-p)}} \frac{X_n + np}{np} \frac{1}{2}<br />

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\frac{X_n+np}{np} = \frac{X_n}{np} +1<br />
converges to 2
    In a previous question I found that \frac{X_n - np}{\sqrt{np(1-p)}} converged in distribution to N(0,1), then the above equation converges to N(0,1) as well.


    I'm still a bit lost on the second question though.
    Xn is discrete normal (?) from 0-1 with probability 1/n then X is continuous normal from 0-1 as well.
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E[e^{\lambda X_n}] = \sum_{i=0}^{n-1} e^{\lambda\frac{i}{n}}\frac{1}{n} = \frac{n-1}{n} \sum_{i=0}^{n-1} e^{\lambda\frac{i}{n}}<br />

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E[e^{\lambda X}] = \int_{0}^{1} e^{\lambda X} dx = \frac{e^{\lambda x} - 1}{\lambda}<br />
    Not sure what to do with the sigma part in the first MGF still.
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    Second part: X_n is chosen uniformly in \{0,\frac{1}{n},\ldots,\frac{n-1}{n}\}. As n tends to +\infty, X_n looks more and more like it were uniformly distributed on [0,1], doesn't it? There's no normal distribution here.

    E[e^{\lambda X_n}] = \sum_{i=0}^{n-1} e^{\lambda\frac{i}{n}}\frac{1}{n} = \frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=0}^{n-1}\left(e^{\frac{\lambda}{n}}\right)^i=\frac{1}{n}  \frac{e^{\lambda}-1}{e^{\frac{\lambda}{n}}-1} and e^{\frac{\lambda}{n}}-1\sim \frac{\lambda}{n} as n tends to \infty...
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    Oops, I meant discrete and continuous uniform, must've been mixed up from the first question

    \frac{1}{n}\frac{e^{\lambda}-1}{e^{\frac{\lambda}{n}}-1} \rightarrow \frac{e^\lambda -1}{\lambda} as n tends to \infty which is E[e^{\lambda X}]

    Thank you so much for your help Laurent.
    Last edited by yui; September 29th 2008 at 01:05 AM. Reason: Latex errors
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