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2. Distributions


Recall that a probability distribution is just another name for a probability measure. Most distributions are associated with random variables, and in fact every distribution can be associated with a random variable. In this chapter we explore the basic types of probability distributions (discrete, continuous, mixed), and the ways that distributions can be defined using density functions, distribution functions, and quantile functions. We also study the relationship between the distribution of a random vector and the distributions of its components, conditional distributions, and how the distribution of a random variable changes when the variable is transformed.

In the advanced sections, we study convergence in distribution, one of the most important types of convergence. We also construct the abstract integral with respect to a positive measure and study the basic properties of the integral. This leads in turn to general (signed measures), absolute continuity and singularity, and the existence of density functions. Finally, we study various vector spaces of functions that are defined by integral properties.

Basic Topics

  1. Discrete Distributions
  2. Continuous Distributions
  3. Mixed Distributions
  4. Joint Distributions
  5. Conditional Distributions
  6. Distribution and Quantile Functions
  7. Transformations of Random Variables

Special and Advanced Topics

  1. Convergence in Distribution
  2. General Distribution Functions
  3. The Integral With Respect to a Measure
  4. Properties of the Integral
  5. General Measures
  6. Absolute Continuity and Density Functions
  7. Function Spaces


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