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# ISI MStat PSB 2008 Problem 8 | Bivariate Normal Distribution

This is a very beautiful sample problem from ISI MStat PSB 2008 Problem 8. It's a very simple problem, based on bivariate normal distribution, which again teaches us that observing the right thing makes a seemingly laborious problem beautiful . Fun to think, go for it !!

## Problem- ISI MStat PSB 2008 Problem 8

Let $$\vec{Y} = (Y_1,Y_2)'$$ have the bivariate normal distribution, $$N_2( \vec{0}, \sum )$$,

where, $$\sum$$= \begin{pmatrix} \sigma_1^2 & \rho\sigma_1\sigma_2 \\ \rho\sigma_2\sigma_1 & \sigma^2 \end{pmatrix} ;

Obtain the mean ad variance of $$U= \vec{Y'} {\sum}^{-1}\vec{Y} - \frac{Y_1^2}{\sigma^2}$$ .

### Prerequisites

Bivariate Normal

Conditonal Distribution of Normal

Chi-Squared Distribution

## Solution :

This is a very simple and cute problem, all the labour reduces once you see what to need to see !

Remember , the pdf of $$N_2( \vec{0}, \sum)$$ ?

Isn't $$\vec{Y}\sum^{-1}\vec{Y}$$ is the exponent of e, in the pdf of bivariate normal ?

So, we can say $$\vec{Y}\sum^{-1}\vec{Y} \sim {\chi_2}^2$$ . Can We ?? verify it !!

Also, clearly $$\frac{Y_1^2}{\sigma^2} \sim {\chi_1}^2$$ ; since $$Y_1$$ follows univariate normal.

So, expectation is easy to find accumulating the above deductions, I'm leaving it as an exercise .

Calculating the variance may be a laborious job at first, but now lets imagine the pdf of the conditional distribution of $$Y_2 |Y_1=y_1$$ , what is the exponent of e in this pdf ?? $$U = \vec{Y'} {\sum}^{-1}\vec{Y} - \frac{Y_1^2}{\sigma^2}$$ , right !!

and also , $$U \sim \chi_1^2$$ . Now doing the last piece of subtle deduction, and claiming that $$U$$ and $$\frac{Y_1^2}{\sigma^2}$$ are independently distributed . Can you argue why ?? go ahead . So, $$U+ \frac{Y_1^2}{\sigma^2} \sim \chi_2^2$$.

So, $$Var( U + \frac{Y_1^2}{\sigma^2})= Var( U) + Var( \frac{Y_1^2}{\sigma^2})$$

$$\Rightarrow Var(U)= 4-2=2$$ , [ since, Variance of a R.V following $$\chi_n^2$$ is $$2n$$.]

Hence the solution concludes.

## Food For Thought

Before leaving, lets broaden our mind and deal with Multivariate Normal !

Let, $$\vec{X}$$ be a 1x4 random vector, such that $$\vec{X} \sim N_4(\vec{\mu}, \sum )$$, $$\sum$$ is positive definite matrix, then can you show that,

$$P( f_{\vec{X}}(\vec{x}) \ge c) = \begin{cases} 0 & c \ge \frac{1}{4\pi^2\sqrt{|\sum|}} \\ 1-(\frac{k+2}{2})e^{-\frac{k}{2}} & c < \frac{1}{4\pi^2\sqrt{|\sum|}} \end{cases}$$

Where, $$k=-2ln(4\pi^2c \sqrt{|\sum|})$$.

Keep you thoughts alive !!

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