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Are finite. Then it will follow that µ0 = X i and σ02 = X i2 − X i 2 for all i. Consequently, µm = mµ0 and σm2 = mσ02 . As a first step, we form the random variable Zm = = (Sm − µm ) σm (Sm − mµ0 ) mσ02 . 6) i=1 where the auxiliary variables Yi = (X i − µ0 ) , σ0 by design, have mean{Yi } = 0 and var{Yi } = 1. 7) 38 NORMAL VARIABLE THEOREMS The central limit theorem claims that Z m approaches the unit normal N (0, 1) as m becomes indefinitely large. Our strategy is to prove that the momentgenerating function of Z m approaches the moment-generating function of the unit normal N (0, 1) as m becomes indefinitely large.

N − 1) · σ n for even n. 3. Exponential Random Variable. Also according to Born’s interpretation of light, the intensity of light exiting a slab of uniformly absorbing media is proportional to the probability that a photon will survive passage through the slab. If, as is reasonable to assume, the light absorbed d I (x) in a differentially thin slab is proportional to its local intensity I (x) and to the slab thickness d x, then d I (x) = −λI (x)d x and I (x) ∝ e−λx . When normalized (on the semiinfinite line x ≥ 0), the intensity of surviving photons becomes the photon probability density p(x) = λe−λx x ≥0 = 0 x < 0.

3. Probability density defining the Cauchy random variable C(0, 1), with center 0 and half-width 1. 4 compares the uniform, normal, and Cauchy densities. In the limit a → 0 of vanishing variance or half-width, each of the three random variables U (m, a), N (m, a 2 ), and C(m, a) collapses to its mean or center m. So we can write m = U (m, 0) = N (m, 0) = C(m, 0). 3 Moment-Generating Functions Moment-generating functions are a convenient way to calculate the moments of a random variable. By definition, the moment-generating function Mx (t) of the random variable X is the expected value of the function et x where t is an auxiliary variable.

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