MATH101 April 2008
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Question 01 (e)
For what value of the positive constant is a probability density function?
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For ƒ to be a probability density function it needs to satisfy two conditions:
- ƒ(x) ≥ 0 for all x,
Choose k such that both conditions are fulfilled.
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(a) Using the hint we see that, first of all, k needs to be a positive constant. We can calculate k explicitly by integrating:
The only way that this integral has value 1 is when k = 12.
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