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Homework Help: Conditional Densities

  1. Sep 1, 2004 #1
    I just need a guide to this problem... found in one of the books in the library...
    Given the joint pdf f(x,y) = 2e^[-(x+y)] where 0 < x < y, y > 0

    find P(Y < 1 / x < 1). Note that "/" means given that.

    I got the formula when P(a < Y < b / X = x) is given, i.e., in terms of the integral from a to b of f(y/x)dy. But how about this? Is there a formula to transform this? =) The answer is in the book... so I want to know how to begin with...
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  3. Sep 3, 2004 #2


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    I think the probability density function was given as

    f(x,y) = 2e^[-(x+y)] where 0 < x < y, y > 0
    and f(x,y)=0 if x>y.

    Let be the event A: y<1 and the event B: x<1.
    By the definition of conditional probability P(A/B) = P(AB)/P(B). (AB means A AND B). You have to integrate f(x,y) to get the probabilities. Find the integration domains in the picture: for P(AB), it is 0<x<y, 0<y<1. For P(B), it is x<y<infinity, 0<x<1.

    Last edited: Jun 29, 2010
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