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Homework Help: Joint/Conditional distribution

  1. Nov 8, 2006 #1
    I'm having a problem evaluating a distribution-

    Suppose X and Y are Chi-square random variables, and a is some
    constant greater than 0. X and Y are independent, but not identically distributed (they have different DOFs).
    I want to find

    P(X>a,X-Y>0). So I use Bayes' theorem to write

    =P(X>a | X-Y > 0)*P(X-Y>0)
    =P(X>a| X>Y)*P(X>Y)

    Now I have an expression for P(X>a) and P(X>Y), but I am at a
    loss as to how to evaluate the conditional distribution P(X>a|

    I figured out that if Y was a constant (rather than a random variable), then I could write

    P(X>a| X>Y) = { 1 if Y>a
    { P(X>a)/P(X>Y) if Y<a

    But this does not help evalaute the distribution because I requires knowledge of the value of random variable Y.

    I also tried to write

    =P(X-Y > 0|X>a)*P(X>a)
    =P(X>Y| X>a)*P(X>a)

    So to evaluate P(X>Y| X>a) I write

    P(X>Y| X>a) = int(a...inf (int(0...x f_XY)) dYdX

    But this gives some ugly expression which I cannot relate to simply P(X>Y) or P(X>a)

    Any help will be much appreciated.
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