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    A random variable,uniform distribution

    A random variable is uniformly distributed over[0,1].What is its skew?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pringles View Post
    A random variable is uniformly distributed over[0,1].What is its skew?
    [plagarism]

    The skew of a RV X is:

    E\left( \frac{(x-\mu)^3}{\sigma^3}\right)=\frac{E( (x-\mu)^3)}{\sigma^3}

    where \mu and \sigma are the RV's mean and standard deviation.

    Now for the uniform distribution on [0,1]

    p(x)=\begin{cases}1, & x \in [0,1]\\ 0, & \mbox{otherwise} \end{cases}

    and \mu=1/2

    \sigma=\sqrt{\int_0^1 (x-1/2)^2\ dx}

    (you may well know the value of the above, it's in most statistics books somewhere and engraved on the heart of everyone who has ever used Monte-Carlo methods in anger) and:

    E((x-1/2)^3)=\int_0^1 (x-1/2)^3\ dx
    [/plagarism]


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    Last edited by Constatine11; January 7th 2009 at 01:55 AM. Reason: replace reference by outright theft of someone else's text
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