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Simple sample variance problem

by maxsthekat
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maxsthekat
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Jul7-09, 09:08 PM
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The length of time, in minutes, for an airplane to obtain clearance for takeoff is a random variable Y = 4X + 2, where X has the density function:

f(x) = 1/3 e^(-x/3) for x > 0

Find the variance of Y.

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I found the expected value of X to be 14 minutes, which was correct. This means the variance for X will be: E(X^2) - E(X) = 18 - 14 = 4. Will the following work for the variance?

Var(Y) = (4^2)(4) = 64.

If so, what does that mean to have a "negative" take off time?

Thanks for your help!! :)
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HallsofIvy
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Jul8-09, 06:09 AM
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The variance is NOT "E(X^2)- E(x)" it is E(X^2)- (E(x))^2.


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