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Homework Help: Statistics Problem: finding a PDF using the CDF technique

  1. Oct 30, 2012 #1
    Hey guys, I'm stuck on a question in my homework assignment and I was wondering if you could push me in the right direction? So here's the question:

    X and Y are continuous random variables with joint pdf f(x,y)= 4xy (0<x<1, 0<y<1, and otherwise 0). Find the pdf of T=X+Y using the CDF technique.

    So this is how I started off, I first let G(t) be the CDF of T, then I look at three different cases:
    t<=0: G(t) = P[X+Y<=t] = 0
    t>=2: G(t) = P[X+Y<=t] = 1
    0<t<2: G(t) = P[X+Y<=t] = ?
    So here I'm a little confused, I'm trying to figure out the limits of the double integral I'm supposed to take, I think I might have to take one integral from 0<t<1, then another from 1<=t<2, but then I'm stuck with two "functions" (one from (0,1), one from [1,2)) for my g(t). Are there any possible limits for this double integral that would save me from having to separate 0<t<2 into two double integrals?
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  3. Oct 30, 2012 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    You are correct in that you do need different integrals for t > 1 and t < 1. If you use the cdf method this is unavoidable. (Other, completely different, methods are easier, but you are told not to use them.)

  4. Oct 30, 2012 #3
    Oh, okay, so how do I get a g(t) with only one function from 0<t<2 instead of having:
    g(t)={f(t), t<1
    h(t), t>1)

    Does it make sense to write:
    G(t)={0, t<0
    F(t), t<1
    H(t), t>1
    1, t>2}
    G(t)={0, t<0
    F(t)+H(t), 0<t<2
    1, t>2}

    EDIT: Nevermind, I think I was doing the other part of the question wrong.. thanks for your help!
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012
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