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Cumulative distribution function

  1. Oct 20, 2011 #1
    A dart is thrown towards a quadrilateral defined by {(x,y): 0 < x < b, 0 < x < b}. Assume the dart is equally likely to land anywhere within this shape. Let Z be denoted by the (x,y) coordinate with the least value. Find the region in the square corresponding to {Z < z}

    so i know the sample space contains any x or y within 0 to b in both directions. and i know that Z = whichever coordinate is the smallest, with a minimum at 0 and a maximum at b. i don't understand how to find where {Z < z} inside the square... wouldn't all the values be within Z? this makes no sense to me
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2011 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    If I give you a value of z in (0,b) it is quite possible for both X and Y to both take values > z, so Z (the smaller of X and Y) would be > z in that case. By the way, you should distinguish between X (the random variable) and x (possible numerical value for X), and between Y and y.

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  4. Oct 21, 2011 #3
    i'm still confused on how this relates to the area of the square
     
  5. Oct 24, 2011 #4
    is z the entire area of the square since it can take on any value from 0 to b in both the x and y directions?
     
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