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Homework Help: Order statistics and a convolution

  1. Dec 3, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Hi, I'm having some problem with one of my final exam study questions, and I'm hoping someone can help me out a little.

    here is the problem:

    Let [tex]Y_{1},Y_{2},...,Y_{n} [/tex] denote random samples of numbers from a uniform distribution on the interval [0,1]. Denote the largest and smallest numbers as [tex]Y_{n}'[/tex] and [tex]Y_{1}'[/tex].

    a. Find the pdf and cdf of [tex]Y_{1}'[/tex] and[tex]Y_{n}'[/tex].
    b. Find [tex]E(Y_{n}'-Y_{1}')[/tex]
    c. Show that [tex] \lim_{n\to\infty}E(Y_{n}'-Y_{1}')=1[/tex]
    d. Find the pdf for [tex]Y_{2}[/tex] and find the pdf for [tex]Y=Y_{1}+Y_{2}[/tex]

    2. Relevant equations

    the ith order statistic:


    if [tex]X=Y_{1}+Y_{2}[/tex]


    3. The attempt at a solution

    i have:

    ok, so im pretty sure that my pdf's will be:

    b. cumulative functions easy from above.

    I get

    d. here's where I'm confused... for [tex]f_{Y_{1}}[/tex] and [tex]f_{Y_{2}}[/tex], I have:


    Is my [tex]f_{Y_{2}}[/tex] correct?


    if it is, how the heck do I calculate this integral??


    I'm not seeing my mistake. The answer should be:

    [tex]f_{X}(x)=1-|1-x|[/tex] for [tex]0\leqx\leq2[/tex]

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2007
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  3. Dec 3, 2007 #2


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    [itex]f_{Y_{2}}(z)[/itex] is n!/((n-k)!(k-1)!)F(z)k-1[(1-F(z)]n-kf(z) = n(n-1)y(1-y)n-2, so it is correct.
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