# Chebychev's inequality for two random variables

rayge
(I wasn't sure how to title this, it's just that the statement resembles Chebychev's but with two RV's.)

## Homework Statement

Let $\sigma_1^1 = \sigma_2^2 = \sigma^2$ be the common variance of $X_1$ and $X_2$ and let [roh] (can't find the encoding for roh) be the correlation coefficient of $X_1$ and $X_2$. Show for $k>0$ that

$P[|(X_1-\mu_1) + (X_2-\mu_2)|\geq k\sigma]\leq2(1+[roh])/k^2$

## Homework Equations

Chebychev's inequality:
$P(|X-\mu|\geq k\sigma) \leq 1/k^2$

## The Attempt at a Solution

I'm really only looking for a place to start. I can try working backwords, and expanding [roh] into its definition, which is $E[(X_1-\mu_1)(X_2-\mu_2)]/\sigma_1\sigma_2$, but I really don't know how to evaluate that. I was wondering about using Markov's inequality and substituting $u(X_1,X_2)$ for $u(X_1)$, but of course there's no equation linking $X_1$ and $X_2$. Feeling stumped. Any suggestions welcome!

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## Answers and Replies

Mentor
I would try to find the variance and mean (okay, mean is obvious) for X1+X2. I think this converts Chebychev's inequality to the one you have to show.

The greek letter is rho, and \rho gives ##\rho##.