# Math Help - random variable of continuous type

1. ## random variable of continuous type

Let R(t)= ln M(t), where M(t) is the moment-generating function of a random variable of the continuous type. How do you show the following?
a) $\mu=R'(0)$
b) $\sigma^{2}=R''(0)$

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Originally Posted by antman
Let R(t)= ln M(t), where M(t) is the moment-generating function of a random variable of the continuous type. How do you show the following?
a) $\mu=R'(0)$
b) $\sigma^{2}=R''(0)$
We know that $M(0)=1~,~M'(0)=\mu~,~M''(0)=\mathbb{E}(X^2)$
And remember that $\sigma^2=\mathbb{E}(X^2)-\mu^2$

a)
$R'(t)=\frac{M'(t)}{M(t)} \Rightarrow R'(0)=\frac{\mu}{1}=\mu$

b)
$R''(t)=\frac{M''(t)M(t)-M'(t)M'(t)}{M(t)^2}$ (using quotient rule for $\frac{M'(t)}{M(t)}$)

Thus $R''(0)=\frac{\mathbb{E}(X^2) \cdot 1-\mu^2}{1^2}=\dots$