# Working out the cumulative distribution

by millwallcrazy
Tags: cumulative, distribution, working
 HW Helper P: 1,372 I'm assuming that you are to work with a random sample of size $n$. Note that for ANY continuous random variable, if $X_{max}$ is the maximum value, you know that $X_{max} \le a$ means that EVERY item in the sample is $\le a$, so that $$G(a) = P(X_{max} \le a) = P(X_1 \le a \text{ and } X_2 \le a \text{ and } \dots \text{ and } X_n \le a)$$ Now, knowing that the $X$ values are independent (since they're from a random sample), what can you do with the statement on the right?