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The expectation of a random variable will be defined as a sum, possibly with infinitely many terms, and it pays to spend a few lines about such sums. ∞ Let a1 , a2 , . . be real numbers. We only want to define n=1 an when this sum does not change when we change the order of the an ’s. A classical result − from calculus tells us that this is the case when S + = = n:an >0 an and S + − − n:an <0 an are not both infinite with opposite sign. If S and S are not both ∞ infinite with opposite sign, then we say that the sum n=1 an is well defined.

However, all our sample spaces so far contained at most countably many points, and we shall see later that any sample space which represents infinitely many 38 Chapter 2. Random Variables and Random Vectors coin flips is necessarily uncountable. Is this a problem? In some sense yes, but in another sense no. If we flip a coin, and we are only interested in the time that the first head comes up, then it is enough to take {1, 2, . }∪{∞} as our sample space. An outcome k then corresponds to the event that the first head appears at the kth flip, and the outcome ∞ corresponds to the event that we never see a head.

11. For any random variable for which E(X) exists and for any a and b, it is the case that E(aX + b) = aE(X) + b. 12. Prove this proposition. Instead of sums, we also need to consider products of random variables. It turns out that for products, independence does play a crucial role. 13. Find two random variables X and Y so that E(XY ) = E(X)E(Y ). 14. If the random variables X and Y are independent and E(X) and E(Y ) are finite, then E(XY ) is well defined and satisfies E(XY ) = E(X)E(Y ). Proof.

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