By R. Meester

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1) and we ﬁnd that Sn = n(1 − p)n 1 + (1 − p) + (1 − p)2 + · · · + (1 − p)n−1 − . p p Now ﬁnish the argument yourself, by taking the limit for n → ∞. 37 (A distribution without an expectation). Let X have probability mass function C P (X = k) = 2 , k for all k ∈ Z, k = 0, and where C is chosen such the sum equals 1. This random variable does not have an expectation, since the sum +∞ k=−∞,k=0 Ck k2 is not well deﬁned. 4 Random Vectors Apart from the discussion of independence, we have so far studies individual random variables.

Random Variables and Random Vectors expression is equal to −1/p. It follows that S = p−2 . 6(b). 36. Here is an alternative way of computing S, without using diﬀerentiation. We can write (1 − p)Sn as (1 − p)Sn = (1 − p) + 2(1 − p)2 + 3(1 − p)3 + · · · + n(1 − p)n . 1) and we ﬁnd that Sn = n(1 − p)n 1 + (1 − p) + (1 − p)2 + · · · + (1 − p)n−1 − . p p Now ﬁnish the argument yourself, by taking the limit for n → ∞. 37 (A distribution without an expectation). Let X have probability mass function C P (X = k) = 2 , k for all k ∈ Z, k = 0, and where C is chosen such the sum equals 1.

It is known that 5% of the men is colour blind, and 14 % of the women is colour blind. Suppose that there are as many men as women. We choose a person, which turns out to be colour blind. What is the probability that this person is a man? 32. Suppose that we have a very special die, namely with exactly k faces, where k is a prime. The faces of the die are numbered 1, . . , k. We throw the die and see which number comes up. (a) What would be an appropriate sample space and probability measure? (b) Suppose that the events A and B are independent.