I'm having a problem with my answer for a question involving finding the mean and variance of a function. I'll state the question and list the steps I did so maybe you guys can see where I went wrong.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The question is:

Given Y = |tan(X)| and X is uniformly distributed on (-pi/2, pi/2) Find

a) the pdf of Y

b) E(Y)

c) Var(Y)

for a) I was able to come up with the answer

[tex] g(y) = \frac{2}{\pi (1 + y^2)} for 0 < y < \infty [/tex]

0 otherwise

which I'm pretty sure is correct (by transformation of variables)

for b)

I have:

[tex] E(Y) = \int_{0}^{\infty} y \frac{2}{\pi (1+y^{2})} dy[/tex]

[tex] = \frac{1}{\pi} \lim_{b\rightarrow\infty} [ ln (1+y^{2}]_{0}^{b} [/tex]

[tex] = \frac{1}{\pi} [ \infty - 0] [/tex]

[tex] = \infty [/tex]

for c)

I solve first for E[Y^2]

[tex] E[Y^{2}] = \int_{0}^{\infty} y^{2} \frac{2}{\pi (1+y^{2})} dy[/tex]

[tex] = \frac{2}{\pi}\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{y^{2}}{(1+y^{2})} dy[/tex]

[tex] = \frac{2}{\pi}\int_{0}^{\infty} 1 - \frac{1}{(1+y^{2})} dy[/tex]

[tex] = \frac{2}{\pi} \lim_{b\rightarrow\infty}[ y - arctan(y)]_{0}^{b}[/tex]

[tex] = \frac{2}{\pi} [\infty - \frac{\pi}{2} - (0 - 0)][/tex]

[tex] = \infty [/tex]

thus

[tex] Var[Y] = E[Y^{2}] - (E[Y])^{2} [/tex]

[tex] = \infty - (\infty)^{2} [/tex]

[tex] = undefined ??? [/tex]

Is this correct?

my real problem is the mean being equal to infinity, is this possible?

as for the variance, is it possible to have undefined variance?

A similar problem was also asked where I am to find

Given Y = cot(X) and X is uniformly distributed on (0, pi) Find

a) the pdf of Y

b) E(Y)

c) Var(Y)

Here, I was able to get

E(Y) = either 0 or undefined

and

Var(Y) = either infinity (if mean is 0) or undefined (if mean is undefined)

are these possible? and which is correct?

Specifically, I'm not sure if my solution for the mean is correct, which would affect my solution for the variance

my solution for the pdf, btw, is

[tex] g(y) = \frac{1}{\pi (1 + y^{2})} for -\infty < y < \infty[/tex]

here's what I did:

[tex] E(Y) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} y \frac{1}{\pi (1+y^{2})} dy[/tex]

[tex] = \frac{1}{2\pi} \lim_{b\rightarrow\infty} [ ln (1+y^{2}]_{-b}^{b} [/tex]

[tex] = \frac{1}{2\pi}[ \lim_{b\rightarrow\infty} ln (1+b^{2}) - \lim_{b\rightarrow\infty} ln (1+(-b)^{2})[/tex]

now is this

[tex] = \frac{1}{2\pi} [ \infty - \infty] [/tex]

= undefined

or

[tex] = \frac{1}{2\pi}[0] [/tex]

[tex] = 0 [/tex]

since I'm pretty sure that my answer for

E(Y^2) = infinity

is correct

thus var(Y) = either infinity (if mean is 0) or undefined (if mean is undefined)

are these answers correct (and which ones are the correct answers?)

Thanks for you help guys

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