# Moment generating functions

• Jan 20th 2009, 09:38 AM
MS330
Moment generating functions
Hey guys,

Any idea how to find the moment generating function? I know for discrete ones it's the SUM{e^(tx)p(x)}, but I don't understand how to actually go about doing that.

Any ideas?
• Jan 20th 2009, 12:26 PM
Last_Singularity
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Originally Posted by MS330
Hey guys,

Any idea how to find the moment generating function? I know for discrete ones it's the SUM{e^(tx)p(x)}, but I don't understand how to actually go about doing that.

Any ideas?

Example: let $x$ be a discrete random variable. And suppose that it takes that values $x=1$ with probability 0.2, $x=2$ with probability 0.3, and $x=3$ with probability 0.5.

Then its moment generating function is:
$e^t (0.2) + e^{2t} (0.3) + e^{3t} (0.5)$
• Jan 20th 2009, 12:28 PM
MS330
How would I do it if I was asked to find the mgf for the possion distribution, with no values given?
• Jan 20th 2009, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by MS330
How would I do it if I was asked to find the mgf for the possion distribution, with no values given?