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Homework Help: Expected value equation

  1. Mar 11, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Let x and y be independent random variables with E[x]=1, E[y]=-1, var[x]=1/2, var[y]=2
    Calculate E[(x+1)2(y-1)2]

    2. Relevant equations

    var[x]=1/2 =E[(x-μ)2]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Since x and y are independent,



    The signs in the equation I need to solve are throwing me off. I feel like I'm missing something simple. Any help is appreciated!
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  3. Mar 11, 2014 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    Sometimes the easiest approach is to use the standard result
    [tex] \text{Var}(Y) = E(Y^2) - (E Y)^2,[/tex]
    which is true for any random variable having finite mean and variance. (At some point in your life, you should prove it.) You can expand out ##(Y-1)^2## and go on from there.
  4. Mar 11, 2014 #3
    Thanks Ray!

    Thank you for the hint! Does this look right?




    Last edited: Mar 11, 2014
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