I'm stuck with this problem.

U= X, V= X^2

What is the Cov(X,V)?

It's supposed to come down to a clean answer.

Thanks in advance

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- Oct 23rd 2012, 12:56 AMrokman54Question on Covariance
I'm stuck with this problem.

U= X, V= X^2

What is the Cov(X,V)?

It's supposed to come down to a clean answer.

Thanks in advance - Oct 23rd 2012, 07:43 PMchiroRe: Question on Covariance
Hey rokman54.

From the definition we know Cov(X,Y) = E[XY] - E[X]E[Y] and if Y = X^2 then we get

Cov(X,Y)

= E[X*X^2] - E[X]E[X^2]

= E[X^3] - E[X]E[X^2].

Now if you want you can relate the variance to the above quantity by noting Var[X] = E[X^2] - E[X]^2 where E[X^2] = Var[X] + E[X]^2 where

= E[X^3] - E[X](Var[X] + E[X]^2]

= E[X^3] - E[X]Var[X] - E[X]^3

= E[X^3] - E[X]^3 - E[X]Var[X]

Now Consider E[X^3] and E[X]^3 and the relation to other moments if you want other simplifications.

Did you intend to get the solution in terms of a particular moment of X (like variance, kurtosis, etc)?