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    [SOLVED] P.D.F: Continuous random variables

    Firstly, I must apologise for the poor notation. I tried to use the \array command but I couldn't get it to work.

    1) The random variable Q has P.D.F given by:

    f(q)=kq^3 if 0\leq q\leq 2

    f(q)=0 otherwise

    Find k (answer: \frac{1}{4})

    2)The random variable J has probability density function f(j)=3j^k if 0\leq j\leq 1

    f(j)=0 otherwise

    Find k (answer: 2)

    I honestly don't know where to start because I missed a lesson and am trying to catch up, but reading and retaining information can be a lot harder than being taught it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quacky View Post
    Firstly, I must apologise for the poor notation. I tried to use the \array command but I couldn't get it to work.

    1) The random variable Q has P.D.F given by:

    f(q)=kq^3 if 0\leq q\leq 2

    f(q)=0 otherwise

    Find k (answer: \frac{1}{4})

    2)The random variable J has probability density function f(j)=3j^k if 0\leq j\leq 1

    f(j)=0 otherwise

    Find j (answer: 2)
    Hint \int_0^2 {q^3 dq}  = 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quacky View Post
    Firstly, I must apologise for the poor notation. I tried to use the \array command but I couldn't get it to work.

    1) The random variable Q has P.D.F given by:

    f(q)=kq^3 if 0\leq q\leq 2


    f(q)=0 otherwise


    Find k (answer: \frac{1}{4})


    2)The random variable J has probability density function f(j)=3j^k if 0\leq j\leq 1

    f(j)=0 otherwise

    Find j (answer: 2)

    I honestly don't know where to start because I missed a lesson and am trying to catch up, but reading and retaining information can be a lot harder than being taught it.
    1) If f(q)=kq^3 is the pdf of the random variable, then we know that

    \int_0^2 {kq^3 dq}  = 1


    or, k  [\frac{q^4}{4}]_0^2 = 1


    or,  k [\frac{2^4}{4} - \frac{0}{4}]  = 1

    or,  k \frac{16}{4}  = 1

    0r,  k = \frac{1}{4}

    Try doing the same for your second problem. Show If you come up with any problems. By the way, are you supposed to find j or k in your second question? I assume you are supposed to find k.
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    Thankyou Plato and Harish, I understand now. I shall attempt 2) by myself.
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    Smile

    After a minor integration error, I've solved part 2). Thanks again
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