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    Bivariate distribution

    For two random variables X and Y,
    Prove that
    1.E(X)=E[E(X/Y)]<br />
2.V(X)=E(V(X/Y)]+V[E(X/Y)]
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    Quote Originally Posted by roshanhero View Post
    For two random variables X and Y,
    Prove that
    1.E(X)=E[E(X/Y)]<br />
2.V(X)=E(V(X/Y)]+V[E(X/Y)]

    This notation is unsatisfactory. You are using / rather than | to denote a conditional "thing".

    You have a joint distribution p(x,y) for you RV's, then:

    E(X)=\int \int x \;p(x,y)\; dy dx

    Also

    E(X|y)=\int x \; p(x|y) \;dx

    and p(x|y)=\frac{p(x,y)}{p(y)}

    so:

    E(E(X|Y))=\int E(X|y) p(y) \; dy=\int \int x\; p(x,y)\;dx\;dy

    Now change the order of integration

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