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# The Chi-Squared Distribution

## Let v be a positive integer. Then a

random variable X is said to have a chi-
squared distribution with parameter v if
the pdf of X is
( / 2) 1 / 2
/ 2
1
0
( ; )
2 ( / 2)
0 0
v x
v
x e x
f x v
v
x

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The Chi-Squared Distribution
The parameter v is called the number of
degrees of freedom (df) of X. The
symbol is often used in place of chi-
squared.
If X1 , X2 , Xn are n i.i.d r.v.
following N( , 2), Then,

2

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2
2
1
n
i
n
i
X

| `

. ,

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Chi-squared Critical Value
Let , called a chi-squared critical
value, denote the number on the
measurement axis such that of the area
under the chi-squared curve with n d.f. lies
to the right of 2
,
.
n

2
,n

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Notation Illustrated
2
,n

2
,n

2
pdf
n

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If X is a chi-sq r.v. with n d.f., then for (0,1),
the quantity
2
,n

## is defined to be such that

2
,
{ }
n
P X

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Cont. distn.
1. Uniform
2. Normal
3. Gamma
4. Exponential
5. Chi-squared
6. t-dist.
7. F-dist.
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Random Samples
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Data from random samples drawn are used for inferring
certain population characteristic of interest.
The distribution of the population variable is usually known,
except for some unknown population parameters.
Problems in which the form of the underlying distn. is
specified up to a set of unknown parameters are called
parametric inference problems.
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Random Samples
The rvs X1,, Xn are said to form a
simple random sample of size n if
1. The Xis are independent rvs.
2. Every Xi has the same (identical)
probability distribution.
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i.e., if X1, , Xn are independent r.v. having a
common (identical) distn. F, then we say that they are
i.i.d. random sample of size n from the distn. F.
Distribution of a
Linear
Combination of
Random Variables
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Linear Combination
Given a collection of n random
variables X1,, Xn and n numerical
constants a1,,an, the r.v.
is called a linear combination of the Xis.
1 1
1
...
n
n n i i
i
Y a X a X a X

+ +

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Expected Value of a Linear Combination
Let X1,, Xn have mean values
and variances of
respectively
1 2
, ,...,
n

2 2 2
1 2
, ,..., ,
n

Whether or not the Xis are independent,
( ) ( ) ( )
1 1 1 1
... ...
n n n n
E a X a X a E X a E X + + + +
1 1
...
n n
a a + +
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For identically distributed Xi `s and ai= 1/n,
we get, E( ) = .
X
Variance of a Linear Combination
( ) ( ) ( )
2 2
1 1 1 1
... ...
n n n n
V a X a X a V X a V X + + + +
If X1,, Xn are independent,
2 2 2 2
1 1
...
n n
a a + +
and
1 1
2 2 2 2
... 1 1
...
n n
a X a X n n
a a
+ +
+ +
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For i.i.d. Xi `s and ai= 1/n, we get, V( ) =
2/n.
X
Variance of a Linear Combination
( )
( )
1 1
1 1
... Cov ,
n n
n n i j i j
i j
V a X a X a a X X

+ +

## For any X1,, Xn,

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Difference Between Two Random Variables
( ) ( ) ( )
1 2 1 2
E X X E X E X
and, if X1 and X2 are independent,
( ) ( ) ( )
1 2 1 2
V X X V X V X +
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If X1, X2,Xn are independent and
normally distributed rvs, then any linear
combination of the Xis also has a normal
distribution.
The difference X1 X2 between two
independent, normally distributed variables
is itself normally distributed.
Also, is normally distributed.
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X
Statistics
and their
Distributions
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Statistic
A statistic is any quantity whose value can
be calculated from sample data, e.g.
sample mean, sample variance, sample
range, sample median, etc.
Prior to obtaining data, there is uncertainty
as to what value is taken by any particular
statistic. Thus, a statistic is itself a random
variable and its prob. distn. is referred to as
its sampling distn.
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Simulation Experiments
Draw 300 random samples each of size n=25, from a normal
(size N) pop. with mean =5.4 and SD =0.2. So we get
sample means .
Draw the histogram of
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1 2 300
, ,..., x x x
, 1,..., 300.
i
x i
This gives a good approximation of the
sampling distn. of
In order to find the exact sampling dist. of ,
we need the dist. based on all the possible
samples.
. X
300
25
| `

. ,
X
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The Distribution
of the
Sample Mean
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General properties of the Sample Mean
Let X1,, Xn be a random sample from a
distribution with mean value and
standard deviation Then

.
( )
( )
2
2
1.
2.
X
X
E X
V X
n

In addition, with To = X1 ++ Xn,
( ) ( )
2
, , and .
o
o o T
E T n V T n n
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( )
( )
2
E X
V X
n

## Case: when Pop. is Normally dist.

Let X1,, Xn be a random sample from a
normal distribution with mean value and
standard deviation Then for any n,
is normally distributed with (, 2/n)
To is normally distributed with (n, n2).

.
X
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The Central Limit Theorem CLT
Let X1,, Xn be a random sample from a distribution
with mean value and variance Then if n is
sufficiently large, has approximately a normal
distribution with
X

2
.
2
2
and ,
X X
n

and To also has
approximately a normal distribution with
2
, .
o o
T T
n n
n, the better the approximation.
The larger the value of
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Case: when Pop. is not Normally dist.
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CLT:
The Central Limit Theorem

Population
distribution
small to
moderate n
X
large n
X
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Rule of Thumb
If n > 30, the Central Limit Theorem
can be used.
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Points to note:
1. When n is large, the sampling distn. of sample mean is
well approximated by a normal curve, even when the
pop. distn. is not itself normal.
2. Sample mean based on a large n will tend to be closer to
pop. mean than will sample mean based on a small n.
3. The sampling dist. of tends to be centered at the value
of the pop. mean.
4. The spread of the sampling distn. of tends to grow
smaller as the sample size n increases.
5. As n increases, the sampling distn. of tends to a
normal distn. with mean
X
X
X
and SD
X X
n

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When a sample X1,, Xn is drawn from a
pop. with mean and SD , and
when n is large (CLT)
or when the pop. has a normal distn.,
(0,1)
/
x
x
X
X
Z N
n

:
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Example:
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Example:
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Point estimate for pop. mean is
A single number (statistic) based on sample data that represents
our best guess for the value of the pop. mean (e.g., sample
mean, sample median, sample mode)
A statistic whose mean value is equal to is said to be an
unbiased statistic (e.g., sample mean; )
The point estimate (say, 5.5 feet) says nothing about how close it
might be to the true pop. mean .
As an alternative, we might report an entire interval of plausible
values for the pop. mean .
( )
E X
Unbiasedness (Illustration)
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(Methods of point est.Method of Moments;
Method of Max. Likelihood)
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Confidence Intervals
An alternative to reporting a single value for the
parameter being estimated is to calculate and
report an entire interval of plausible values a
confidence interval (CI).
A CI is always calculated by first selecting a
confidence level, which is a measure of the
degree of reliability of the interval to have
captured the true pop. mean .
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A confidence level of 95% implies that 95%
of all samples would give an interval that
includes and only 5% of all samples would
yield an erroneous interval.
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Consider a random sample
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95% Confidence Interval for when is known
If after observing X1 = x1,, Xn = xn, we
compute the observed sample mean ,
then a 95% confidence interval for can
be expressed as

x
1.96 , 1.96 x x
n n
| `
+

. ,
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Given that pop. SD is 0.2, a 95% CI for the
pop. mean heights (when sample mean, based
on n=25, is say 5.45) is
0.2 0.2
5.45 1.96 , 5.45 1.96
25 25
| `
+

. ,
1.96 , 1.96 x x
n n
| `
+

. ,
(5.45-0.08, 5.45+0.08) = (5.37,5.53)
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Other Levels of Confidence
( )
/ 2 / 2
1 P z Z z

1
curve z
/ 2
z

/ 2
z

0
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Other Levels of Confidence
/ 2 / 2
, x z x z
n n

| `
+

. ,
A confidence interval for
the mean of a normal population
when the value of is known is given
by

100(1 )%
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Given that pop. SD is 0.2, a 99% CI for the
pop. mean heights (when sample mean, based
on n=25, is say 5.45) is
0.2 0.2
5.45 2.58 , 5.45 2.58
25 25
| `
+

. ,
(5.45-0.10, 5.45+0.10) = (5.35,5.55)