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1. Intuitive reason absolute values are used for transformations in statistics?

Homework Statement Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution this isn't really homework, but I was just wondering if someone could offer an intuitive reason as to why when random variables are transformed, we use absolute values of derivative of those functions, as opposed...
2. Expected value and variance of a conditional pdf (I think I have it)

Homework Statement Suppose the distribution of X2 conditional on X1=x1 is N(x1,x12), and that the marginal distribution of X1 is U(0,1). Find the mean and variance of X2. Homework Equations Theorem: E(X_{2})=E_{1}(E_{2|1}(X_{2}|X_{1}))...
3. Finding a marginal pmf

Homework Statement Suppose that X1 and X2 have the joint pmf f(x_{1},x_{2})=p^{2}q^{x_{2}},x_{1}=0,1,2,...,x_{2},x_{2}=0,1,2,... with 0<p<1,q=1-p Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution I'm confused because the expression doesn't have x_1 in it. So usually, if I want to...
4. Statistics proof regarding integration of cdf

Homework Statement For any cdf F(x) of a continuous random variable, show that \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}[F(x+b)-F(x+a)]dx=b-a for any a<b. Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution Not really sure where to begin. I figure I can split the integrals and do u subs, and (after...