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### Independent Random Variables

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- Intro
- Intuition
- Definition and Formulas
- Theorem
- For Continuous Random Variables, Y₁ & Y₂ are Independent If & Only If: Condition 1
- For Continuous Random Variables, Y₁ & Y₂ are Independent If & Only If: Condition 2
- Example I: Use the Definition to Determine if Y₁ and Y₂ are Independent
- Example II: Use the Definition to Determine if Y₁ and Y₂ are Independent
- Example III: Are Y₁ and Y₂ Independent?
- Example IV: Are Y₁ and Y₂ Independent?
- Example V: Are Y₁ and Y₂ Independent?

- Intro 0:00
- Intuition 0:55
- Experiment with Two Random Variables
- Intuition Formula
- Definition and Formulas 4:43
- Definition
- Short Version: Discrete
- Short Version: Continuous
- Theorem 9:33
- For Continuous Random Variables, Y₁ & Y₂ are Independent If & Only If: Condition 1
- For Continuous Random Variables, Y₁ & Y₂ are Independent If & Only If: Condition 2
- Example I: Use the Definition to Determine if Y₁ and Y₂ are Independent 12:49
- Example II: Use the Definition to Determine if Y₁ and Y₂ are Independent 21:33
- Example III: Are Y₁ and Y₂ Independent? 27:01
- Example IV: Are Y₁ and Y₂ Independent? 34:51
- Example V: Are Y₁ and Y₂ Independent? 43:44

### Introduction to Probability Online Course

### Transcription: Independent Random Variables

*Hi there, these are the probability videos here on www.educator.com, my name is Will Murray.*0000

*We are working through a chapter on Bivariate densities and Bivariate distributions*0006

*which means we will have two variables, a Y1 and Y2.*0012

*We have just been looking at some videos on marginal probabilities and also, on conditional probability.*0016

*We are going to be using some of those ideas in this video.*0023

*Today's video is on independent random variables.*0027

*I will be using the notion of marginal density function.*0031

*If you do not remember anything about marginal probability or marginal density functions,*0036

*what you might want to do is just go back and just briefly review the idea of marginal density functions.*0041

*Because, we are going to use that, we will use the definition of those,*0047

*in this video today on independent random variables.*0050

*Having said that, let us jump in.*0055

*The intuition of independent random variables is sort of one thing.*0057

*And then, there is a definition and then there is a theorem about independent random variables.*0062

*There are three different ways to think about it.*0067

*There is intuition, there is a definition, and then there is a theorem which is also very useful.*0069

*I will spell out each one, I got a side on the intuition, and then the next side will be the formal definition,*0075

*and then the next side will be the theorem that you sometimes want to use.*0082

*The idea here is that, we have an experiment with two random variables, Y1 and Y2.*0086

*Intuitively, independence means that if I tell you the value of Y2, I tell you the value of one of the variables,*0092

*you really have no new information about the distribution of the other variable Y1.*0101

*Maybe, you can make a prediction about Y1 and then I would tell you the value of Y2,*0109

*and say do you want to change your prediction about Y1?*0115

*If they are independent then no, you would not change your prediction of Y1*0117

*because the new information about the value of Y2 does not tell you anything new about the value of Y1.*0122

*That is the intuitive idea of independence.*0130

*If we spell that out, in terms of equations, what we have here, F1 of Y1 is the marginal density function of Y1.*0134

*What we have on the right here, F of Y1 condition on Y2 is the conditional density function of Y1.*0158

*The idea is that on the left, this marginal density function of Y1, this is how you would describe Y1,*0176

*if you have no information at all about Y2.*0186

*If you knew nothing about Y2, this is how you think the density of Y1 behaves.*0190

*On the right, we have the conditional density function.*0199

*This is, if I told you a particular value of Y2, how would you describe the density of Y1 with that extra information.*0201

*On the right is, how you would make predictions with the extra information about Y2.*0212

*On the left is, how you would make predictions with no information at all about Y2.*0218

*The idea of independence is that, those should be the same.*0223

*The extra information about Y2, does not change what you know about Y1.*0226

*That should be kind of intuitively why this formula makes sense.*0233

*This is not actually the formula that we will use to check whether variables are independent.*0238

*I’m going to give you a different definition on the next slide but I think this is sort of the more intuitive formula.*0245

*After I gave you the new definition on the next slide, I will try to connect it back to this formula*0251

*so that you see how the two ideas are related.*0257

*I know that is a bit confusing to have two different ways of approaching something.*0261

*I'm going to try to persuade you that they do both make sense, and that,*0266

*you can get back and forth from one to the other.*0269

*In the next slide, we are going to look at the formal definition of independence,*0274

*which I think is a little less obvious but I will connect it back to this intuitive idea.*0279

*The formal definition of independence for random variables, in terms of probability,*0285

*is the probability of both of them taking a particular value is the same as, if you evaluate them separately*0292

*and find the probability that each one of them takes that value separately and then multiply those probabilities.*0301

*That is actually the discreet version of independence.*0307

*The short version of that same formula is the probability of Y1, Y2 is the probability of Y1,*0310

*the marginal probability of Y1 × the marginal probability of Y2.*0320

*Let me stress here that this P1P2, those are marginal probabilities.*0326

*On the left, we have the joint probability function.*0340

*That was the discrete case and the continuous case is the analogue of that.*0346

*On the left, we have the joint probability function.*0353

*On the right, we have the two marginal probability functions, marginal density functions.*0365

*The idea of independence is that the joint probability density function,*0375

*maybe it would be better if I said joint density function instead of joint probability.*0386

*Let me write that down.*0391

*The idea of independence is that the joint density function is equal to the product of the two marginal density functions.*0393

*Let me write that a little more clearly, densities.*0404

*The joint density function factors into a product of the two marginal density functions.*0412

*They sort of split apart and they are independent there.*0418

*Let me try to connect this, this is the formal definition of independence.*0422

*This is the one that we are going to use for most of the problems.*0429

*Let me try to connect this up with the intuitive formula that I gave you back on the previous slide.*0432

*The way you can make those match is, you have to remember that F, the joint density function F of Y1 Y2,*0441

*one way to think about that is to sort of first evaluate the marginal density function of Y2.*0450

*And then, once you know what Y2 is, evaluate the conditional density function of Y1 condition on Y2.*0457

*This is that old conditional probability formula.*0466

*If you remember this and then, you kind of plug this into the formula for independence,*0472

*if you plug that in right there, F of Y1 Y2 is equal to F2 of Y2 × F of Y1 condition on Y2.*0480

*What you notice is that from both sides, you can cancel out an F2 of Y2.*0493

*We could cancel and if we canceled F2 of Y2 from both sides, we get on the left F of Y1 condition on Y2.*0503

*We cancel the F2 of Y2.*0519

*On the right, we would get just F1 of Y1.*0521

*That is exactly the intuitive formula that I showed you on the previous side.*0527

*That is how this formula, this definition connects up to the intuitive formula from the previous side.*0532

*This is intuition from the previous slide.*0539

*That is where you can derive the intuitive formula, if you like to have a formal justification*0550

*and how it connects up to the formal definition here.*0562

*There is one last way to think about independence and that comes from a theorem.*0567

*Let me go ahead and show that to you.*0572

*The theorem says that, for continuous random variables Y1 and Y2, they are independent if and only if,*0574

*the domain where the joint density function is defined a non 0, is a rectangle.*0582

*And, the joint density function can be factored into a product of a function of Y1 only and a function of Y2 only.*0592

*Let me expand that a little bit.*0601

*Condition one here means that, when you are graphing the domain, you would have some kind of square or rectangle.*0603

*It could be infinite, you can have something like this, you could have something that goes on forever.*0614

*A rectangle but it goes on forever, maybe something like this where it goes on forever,*0621

*in terms of one variable or it could also go on forever, in terms of the other variable.*0627

*These would all be considered rectangles, even though they extend infinitely far.*0638

*Or even, you can have something that goes on forever in both directions,*0643

*that is still considered to be a rectangle, for the purposes of this theorem.*0650

*What you could not have is some of these triangular domains that we have been looking at, in some of these examples.*0654

*I think we had one example where there was a triangular domain like that.*0661

*That was the triangular domain and that was automatically not independent.*0666

*All these others, at least as far as condition one is concern, would qualify as being independent.*0675

*The second condition means that, you can factor F of the joint density function F of Y1, Y2.*0683

*You can factor that into a function of Y1 × a function of Y2.*0691

*It is okay for either of these functions to be constants meaning, you do not have to see the variables in these functions.*0699

*Sometimes, you might just have a function of Y1 and you would say that other function is just 1,*0704

*and that is still okay to be constant.*0712

*It is okay, if either one of these functions are constants.*0722

*You would have to be able to factor it and separate it into a function of Y1 and a function of Y2 separately.*0725

*Inextricably, next in the density function that you cannot factor it then it is not independent.*0734

*We will work through the examples.*0741

*I’m going to try to solve most of the examples using the definition but then,*0742

*in a lot of them we will come back and applying this theorem.*0745

*We will see that, if we can use this theorem, we could have gotten the answer a lot more quickly,*0750

*just by kind of glancing at the region of definition, or just trying to factor the density function.*0755

*We will try to do the examples both ways, that you can get a feel for both of them.*0763

*Let us jump into those.*0767

*Example 1, this is an example we have seen before in some of the previous videos.*0770

*But, we have not looked at it in quite this light before, in terms of independence.*0776

*We have F of Y1 Y2 is 6 × 1- Y2.*0784

*The region there is a Y1 there, Y2 there, and our region is from 0 to 1 on both variables.*0790

*But, we are only looking at the region where Y2 is bigger than Y1.*0799

*That is this triangular region and we are looking at that color blue region.*0803

*The question is, whether Y1 and Y2 are independent.*0811

*If you are on top of your game right now, you already know the answer because there is a shortcut to the answer.*0815

*I’m going to go ahead and use the definition because that is what the example asks me to do.*0821

*I will use the definition, I will be very honest, I will work it out.*0826

*But kind of secretly that people who already know have already glance of that region and*0829

*there is a shortcut to the answer, that hopefully you already figured it out.*0834

*Let us go ahead and work it out.*0838

*What we are trying to figure out to test our definition of independence is whether F of Y1 Y2,*0841

*the joint density function separates into the two marginal density functions F1 of Y1, F2 of Y2.*0847

*It is a question there, whether those two were equal.*0858

*We will work it out, we will see if they are equal, and then we use that to determine if they are independent.*0862

*That is the definition of independence.*0866

*You got to remember the marginal density function F1 of Y1.*0869

*We did calculate this, this is one of the examples in the previous lecture.*0872

*I will go ahead and calculate it again.*0878

*We always have this variable switch, you always integrate over the other variables.*0879

*This is Y2, and Y2 in this case, goes from the line Y1 = Y2 or Y2 = Y1 to Y2 = 1.*0884

*In this case, we are integrating from Y2 = Y1 to Y2 = 1.*0899

*My joint density function is given in the problem, 6 × 1- Y2.*0905

*We are integrating with respect to Y2.*0914

*I forgot my D in there, that is very important, DY2.*0919

*I will just go ahead and integrate that.*0924

*The integral of 6 is 6Y2 -, the integral of 6Y2 is 3Y2²,*0927

*Y2² integrate that from Y2 = Y1 to Y2 = 1, which is 6 -3, -6Y1.*0936

*That is a Y2, it looks like it did not show up there.*0950

*I forgot my 3Y2², that is very important there.*0954

*-6Y1, - -, + 3Y1² and that simplifies a bit to 3Y1² - 6Y1 + 3.*0959

*Fair enough, that is my marginal density function for Y1.*0974

*F2 of Y2 is, we will switch the roles of the variables there.*0978

*We are integrating over Y1, Y1 goes from 0 up to Y1 = Y2.*0985

*Y1 = 0 to Y1 = Y2.*0994

*I’m doing this a little bit faster than I did in the previous videos.*0998

*We did figure out both of these marginal density functions, as examples in the previous video.*1002

*You can go back and check them out, if you want to see this work out a little more slowly.*1007

*6 × 1- Y2 DY1, I’m integrating with respect to Y1.*1011

*Be very careful here, not with respect to Y2.*1020

*6 × 1- Y2 × Y1, that is because Y2 is just a constant.*1023

*When we integrate with respect to Y1, evaluate that from Y1 = 0 to Y1 = Y2.*1030

*I get 6 × 1- Y2 × Y2.*1038

*Let me look at my condition that I'm trying to check here.*1044

*That is whether the joint density function splits apart into the two marginal density functions.*1048

*That is 6 × 1- Y2 is that equal to F1 of Y1 was this, 3Y1² - 6Y1.*1055

*It looks like I forgot a Y1 up there, + 3.*1068

*That is multiplied by 6 × 1- Y2 × Y2 F2 of Y2.*1073

*Clearly, if we expand out all that mess on the right, we are not going to get the equivalent expression on the left.*1080

*This does not work.*1087

*We can say that the Y1 and Y2 here, these variables Y1 and Y2 are not independent.*1091

*That is a formal check of how to determine whether or not these variables are independent.*1108

*Let me show you the secret shortcut that hopefully you had in mind, even before we started.*1116

*Without doing any calculus at all, I knew that as soon as I graphed this region that this was not independent.*1123

*That is by the theorem, Y1 and Y2 are not independent.*1134

*That is because the theorem said that the variables are independent if and only if, the region is a rectangle.*1152

*Another condition which I do not even have to check because I already know the region is not a rectangle.*1163

*Because the region is not a rectangle, it is a triangle.*1168

*That is another and much quicker way of solving this problem, is to invoke that theorem there.*1181

*That is the two different ways you could solve this problem.*1189

*The problem did ask you to use the definitions, that is why I worked it out from scratch.*1193

*I started with the joint density function and I want to see if it could be,*1198

*if it was really the product of the two marginal density functions.*1202

*I calculated the marginal density function F1 of Y1 and F2 of Y2.*1206

*Each one, you have to switch the variable that you are integrating with respect to.*1211

*F1 of Y1, we integrate with respect to Y2.*1215

*F2 of Y2, we integrate with respect to Y1.*1218

*And then, I describe this region separately, in terms of Y2 or in terms of Y1.*1222

*I ran it through these integral, did a little multivariable calculus.*1233

*And then, I multiply those two marginal density functions together to see whether*1237

*I would get back the joint density function that I started with.*1242

*Actually, I did not even bother to work out the multiplication because I could see that,*1245

*there is no way this is going to come out to be 6 × 1- Y2.*1249

*It is definitely, if you multiply out all this mess on the right, it is not going to work.*1254

*Therefore, by the definition of independence, Y1 and Y2 are not independent.*1258

*A quicker way that we could figure that out is, to use the theorem that I gave you on the third slide of this lecture.*1266

*It just says, first of all, look at the region and see if you got a rectangle.*1272

*If you have not got a rectangle then immediately, you know they are not independent.*1276

*If you have got a rectangle, there is another condition you need to check.*1281

*But, we could have stop as soon as we saw that region was a triangle, we know that they are not independent.*1284

*Let us move on and we are going to look at example 2 now.*1292

*F of Y1 Y2 is defined to be Y1 + Y2 and our region is a square.*1297

*Let me go ahead and graph that out.*1305

*We do not have the easy shortcut that we had on the previous example,*1307

*where we knew that they were not independent because the region was not a rectangle.*1313

*Here, a square counts as being a rectangle.*1318

*Here is Y2, here is Y1, there is 0 for both of them.*1321

*There is 1, there is 1, and so our region is just this very nice square*1325

*which means maybe they are independent because, at least the region is a square.*1330

*But, we are going to use the definition to calculate it out.*1335

*That means, we are going to need to find the two marginal density functions.*1338

*F1 of Y1 means you integrate over Y2.*1342

*It looks like I just integrate for Y2 = 0 to 1, Y2 = 1 of Y1 + Y2 DY2.*1348

*Be careful when you integrate, because you have to integrate keeping in mind that the variable is Y2.*1359

*Y1 is a constant, very common mistake that my students make when they are doing their probability homework,*1366

*is they cannot keep the variable straight, which one you are integrating.*1373

*We integrate Y1, that is a constant, the integral is just Y1 Y2.*1377

*Y2 is the variable, the integral is Y2²/2.*1384

*We want to evaluate all that from Y2 = 0 to Y2 = 1.*1389

*Let us see, when Y2 is 1, we will get Y1 + ½.*1397

*When Y2 is 0, it looks like both the terms dropout.*1407

*I found the marginal density function F1 of Y1.*1410

*F2 of Y2, if you look at the function that we started with, Y1 + Y2 is totally symmetric between Y1 and Y2.*1414

*The region is symmetric too, it is going to be the exact same calculation.*1423

*Just switch the roles of Y1 and Y2, you will end up with Y2 + ½ that is because everything is symmetric in this problem.*1428

*Let me make that a little more clear here, clear that I'm skipping a few steps because*1439

*I can tell that they are going to be the same, as the previous one.*1442

*You are just switching the roles of Y1 and Y2.*1446

*I want to check if Y1 and Y2 are independent.*1450

*I want to check if F of Y1 Y2, the joint density function, is equal to the product*1453

*of the two marginal density functions F1 of Y1 × F2 of Y2.*1462

*In this case, Y1 + Y2 is that equal to Y1 + ½ × Y2 + ½.*1470

*Now, if you multiply those out, no way that is going to be equal.*1480

*It is definitely not going to be equal.*1484

*Y1 and Y2 are not independent, that is the conclusion we have to draw from this.*1491

*Y1 and Y2 are not independent, by the original definition of independence.*1500

*The way I calculated that was, I really wanted to check, here is the definition of independence right here.*1523

*It says that the joint density function is equal to the product of the marginal density functions.*1528

*But I worked out the marginal density functions, F1 of Y1 means you integrate with respect to Y2.*1533

*I integrated the joint density function, I had to be careful there that Y2 was the variable and Y1 was just a constant.*1540

*That is why I got Y1 × Y2 here and Y2².*1548

*Worked out to Y1 + ½, it is a function of Y1.*1552

*Y2 works the exact same way, it gives you Y2 + ½.*1557

*When I plug those in, Y1 + ½ × Y2 + ½, if you multiply those together,*1562

*will you get the original joint density function that we start out with, no you do not get that.*1567

*They are not independent.*1573

*By the way, it is less obvious than it was in example 1.*1575

*In example 1, we had our region that was a triangle.*1579

*Immediately, the theorem told you that it was not independent.*1582

*In this case, our region was a square and that condition did not make it obvious anymore.*1587

*Maybe, you could have looked at Y1 + Y2 and said, can I factor that into a function of Y1 × a function of Y2.*1592

*And said, you cannot factor that, then you would have known that they are not independent.*1600

*The safest way is actually to check this definition and to calculate the marginal density functions,*1606

*and see if they multiply to the joint density function.*1612

*They do not, in this case, the variables are not independent.*1616

*In example 3, we have a discreet situation.*1623

*We are going to roll two dice, a red dice and a blue dice.*1627

*We are going to define the variables Y1 is what shows on the red dice and Y2 is the total.*1632

*You might think, Y1 be what shows on the red dice and Y2 is the blue dice.*1639

*We mixed them up a little bit to make it a little more interesting.*1643

*The question is, whether Y1 and Y2 are independent.*1648

*Let me just mention that there is an intuitive answer to this, which should make sense to you.*1652

*Intuition here is that, remember the intuition of independence is that if I tell you the value of one of the variables,*1659

*you will have some new information about the other.*1667

*In particular, this Y1, we know it is going to be somewhere between 1 and 6.*1672

*Y2 is going to be somewhere between 2 and 12 because it is the total showing on both dice.*1677

*The intuition is, if I tell you what is showing on one of the dice, or if I tell you what one of the variables is,*1684

*does it change what you might expect about the others, about the other one?*1697

*In this case, yes, it does.*1701

*Intuition is, it does change your prediction, that means these variables are dependent on each other,*1703

*they are not independent.*1713

*Let me write that down to make it clear.*1716

*No, they are not independent because, let me just give an example value here.*1718

*Let me say, suppose you roll these two dice and you are wondering what kind of roll you are going to get.*1729

*Suppose, you peeked at the red dice, if you get a 6, if Y1 = 6 that means you peek at the red dice and*1735

*say what dice came out to be a 6?*1746

*My prediction is, I’m more likely to have a high total.*1751

*That is going to change what I expect about Y2.*1755

*Then, Y2 is more likely to be large.*1759

*If I know that one die rolled very high, then, it is more likely that I got a large total.*1775

*In particular, if I just say I'm rolling two dice, I could get anything from 2 to 12.*1780

*But if you tell me that Y1 is 6, I know I'm not going to get 2 as a total, not anymore.*1786

*I know that I’m going to get at least 6 as the total.*1792

*That is a very strong intuitive hint that these variables do depend on each other, they are not independent.*1794

*Let me check it using the formulas as well.*1805

*I'm going to check P of Y1 Y2, this is the definition of independent.*1808

*It should be equal to P1 of Y1 × P2 of Y2.*1814

*I do not know whether that is true, if they are independent then they should be true.*1826

*I'm going to take some values of Y1 and Y2, I will go ahead and take those values that I mentioned.*1831

*Y1 is equal to 6, I’m going to pick those.*1837

*This formula should be true for all values.*1841

*If it is not going to be true, I can pick whatever values I want to illustrate that it is not true.*1844

*Y2, I will pick 12 just because I think that, if I know the red dice is 6,*1850

*I think that is going to change my probability of getting a 12.*1857

*Just think about whether the probability of 6/12 is equal to P1 of 6 × P2 of 12.*1860

*The probability of 6/12 means that I got a 6 on the red dice and a 12 total.*1873

*In order to get that, I have to get a 6 on the red and a 6 on the blue.*1880

*This is really the probability of 6-6.*1885

*The probability of rolling double 6 is 1/36, 1/6 × 1/6.*1890

*P1 of 6, what is my probability that the red dice is equal to 6, that is 1/6.*1898

*P2 of 12, what is my probability that my total is 12?*1907

*Again, to get 12, I have to get 6 on both dice, that is 1/36.*1912

*Now, is 1/36 equal to 1/6 × 1/36, sure is not.*1920

*That does not work out.*1928

*Since, we found some values for which that equality did not hold, we can say for sure,*1931

*that Y1 and Y2 are not independent.*1938

*That agrees with the intuitive answer that we already gave.*1944

*That does agree with the intuition, that is quite reassuring that our intuition is not completely off base*1951

*and the formulas do back it up.*1957

*Let me recap that.*1960

*We are rolling two dice, we have, what shows on the red dice and the total.*1962

*The question is, whether those are independent.*1967

*I do not think they are going to be independent because I think, if you to tell me what is going to come up on the red dice,*1969

*then I can probably say a little more about what the total is likely to be.*1976

*I will not be able to say exactly, but if you tell me that I get a 6 on the red dice,*1980

*then I know the total is somewhere between 7 and 12.*1984

*If you tell me that I get a 1 on the red dice, then I know the total is somewhere between 2 and 7.*1988

*It is really going to change, what I expect the total to be.*1993

*Similarly, if you tell me what the total is, maybe, I know a little more about what the red dice might be showing.*1997

*Like, if you tell me that the total is 12, I know the red dice is a 6 now.*2003

*That is the intuition there, which is that knowing one variable will influence what you predict for the other variable.*2007

*That means they are dependent on each other, which means they are not independent.*2016

*That is why I made that intuitive prediction.*2022

*In order to back it up, I checked it with the formula.*2025

*I just grabbed two values of Y1 and Y2, if they are independent then this formula should hold for all values of Y1 and Y2.*2027

*That is my definition of independence.*2038

*I'm going to check it out just with these two values, the Y1 and Y2, 6 and 12.*2042

*On the left, I’m finding the probability that the red dice is 6 and the total is 12 which means,*2048

*we must have rolled double 6.*2055

*The chance of getting a double 6 is 1/36.*2058

*On the right, P1 of 6 means what is the probability that the red dice is a 6, it is 1/6.*2061

*What is the probability that the total is 12?*2068

*Again, you would take double 6, that is 1/36.*2070

*I just check if the arithmetic works out and it does not.*2075

*1/36 is not equal to 1/6 × 1/36.*2078

*Y1 and Y2 are not independent and that confirms the intuitively that I made, at the beginning of the example.*2082

*In example 4, we have the joint density function F of Y1 Y2 is E ⁻Y1 + Y2.*2093

*My region here is the region on Y1 and Y2 both going from 0 to infinity.*2103

*There is Y1 and there is Y2, both regions go from 0 to infinity.*2116

*The question is, are Y1 and Y2 independent?*2123

*Again, there is sort of two ways I can check this.*2127

*One, is by using the original definition of independence.*2130

*And one, is by using the theorem that we got.*2136

*The faster way will actually be the theorem.*2139

*I'm going to check it from the definition first, just so that you understand that method.*2142

*And then, we will see how the theorem would actually be much faster.*2147

*We will check it out using the definition.*2151

*Remember, the definition of independence was that F of Y1 Y2 should be equal to,*2153

*should factor into the marginal density functions F1 of Y1 and F2 of Y2.*2161

*Let me work out what those are, those marginal density functions.*2170

*F1 of Y1, by definition, that means you switch the variable.*2174

*F1 of Y1, I was already thinking ahead to the integral that I’m about to solve.*2179

*I have to integrate over Y2, Y2= 0 to infinity, Y2 goes to infinity.*2184

*I will take a limit for that, of the joint density function E ^ (-Y1 + Y2) DY2.*2192

*When I solve that out, I’m integrating with respect to Y2.*2204

*If I think about that, I can factor out an E ^- Y2 and an E ^- Y1.*2210

*E ⁻Y1 will just be a constant, factor that right on out.*2219

*That is E ⁻Y1, I got the integral of E ⁻Y2 DY2.*2225

*And that is not such a bad integral, it is E ⁻Y1 × –E ⁻Y2.*2233

*I want to evaluate that from Y to = 0, and then take the limit as Y2 goes to infinity, that is E ⁻Y1.*2241

*Y2 going to infinity means, we are talking about E ⁻infinity, that is 1/E ⁺infinity or 1/infinity which is just 0.*2252

*-E⁰, -E⁰ which is 1, those two negatives cancel and I just get a +1.*2265

*I get E ⁻Y1, notice that I get a function of Y1 which is what I'm supposed to get,*2277

*when I take the marginal density function.*2283

*This is actually symmetric, F2 of Y2 was going to behave the exact same way.*2289

*I’m not going to belabor the details there, it is going to be E ⁻Y2.*2294

*I will check out my definition of independence, F of Y1 Y2.*2300

*Y2 is equal to, or possibly equal to F1 of Y1 × F2 of Y2.*2306

*E ⁻Y1 + Y2, that is my joint density function that I have been given.*2316

*F1 of Y1, I worked out was E ⁻Y1.*2323

*F2 of Y2, I worked out was E ⁻Y2.*2327

*Those could combine, we get E ^- Y1 + Y2.*2334

*In fact, it does work, that equality really holds true.*2338

*By the definition, yes, they are independent.*2346

*Y1 and Y2 are independent, checking from the definitions.*2360

*That is really very reassuring there.*2364

*Let me show you another way you could have done this problem, which is to use the theorem, two parts of the theorem.*2368

*By the way, I gave you this theorem in the third slide of these lectures.*2379

*Just check back and you will see the third slide.*2384

*The domain is a rectangle, it is an infinite rectangle.*2386

*But, that does check out here.*2396

*Remember, it is okay for it to be infinite, according to the theorem, it is okay if the rectangle is infinite.*2399

*I'm looking at this domain here, it is an infinite rectangle.*2406

*That is condition one of the theorem, that is satisfied.*2410

*Condition two of the theorem was that, the joint density function F of Y1 Y2*2415

*had to factor into a function of Y1 only × the function of Y2 only.*2423

*Let us check that out here.*2428

*E ⁻Y1 + Y2, yes, I can factor that into E ⁻Y1 × E ⁻Y2 which is a function of, let me just write that as G of Y1.*2431

*Y1 × H of Y2 because I do have Y1 only in the first function and Y2 only in the second function.*2453

*That second edition of the theorem is satisfied.*2464

*Once, I have checked both of those conditions, I can go to that same conclusion and say yes, they are independent.*2468

*I could have saved myself doing a lot of integration there, if I had used the theorem.*2475

*I want to make sure that you are comfortable using the definition.*2481

*But also, using the theorem which can save you lots of time, if you know how to use it.*2484

*Let me recap the steps here.*2489

*The first way that I want to check this problem was to look at the definition.*2491

*Does the joint density function factor into the two marginal density functions?*2495

*I had to calculate the two marginal density functions F1 of Y1, you switch the variables and*2501

*you integrate over Y2 with respect to Y2.*2508

*I looked at my range on Y2, that goes from 0 to infinity.*2512

*That is where I got these limits right here.*2517

*I integrated the joint density function that I was given, E ⁻Y1 + Y2.*2520

*That is where that came from.*2526

*That factors, it is really nice that if factors because we are integrating with respect to Y2, that means the term with Y1,*2529

*pulls right out of the integral and then I'm just doing an integral on Y2, pretty easy one.*2538

*Plug in my limits, infinity and 0, and I just simplify down to E ⁻Y1.*2544

*That was the marginal density function on Y1.*2553

*The exact same arithmetic occurs with Y2, except you are just switching the two variables.*2558

*I'm going to check that definition, does the joint density function separate into the two marginal density functions.*2566

*When I plugged everything in there, it look like I had a true equation.*2578

*Just by the definition, I get that the two variables are independent.*2582

*A quicker way to do that would have been, both the theorem from the third slide of this lecture.*2587

*But we look at the domain, that is looking at this domain right here.*2593

*It is an infinite rectangle, that does satisfy it is not a triangular region or anything like that.*2597

*If you look at the joint density function, we can factor it into a function of Y1 × a function of Y2.*2605

*They separate the variables there.*2612

*And that, right out there, would have been enough to confirm to me that these variables really are independent.*2615

*In our last example here on independent random variables,*2625

*we are given a joint density function of 4Y1 Y2 and our region, I will go ahead and graph it.*2629

*Y1 and Y2 both going from 0 to 1, here is Y2 and here is Y1.*2637

*We want to figure out, I seem to switch my variables for some reason, I certainly would not want do that.*2644

*There is Y1 and there is Y2, here is 0 and 1 on both axis.*2652

*There is my region, a very nice square.*2660

*By the way, if you are really on your game right now,*2663

*if you have been paying close attention to everything in this lecture, you already know the answer to this problem.*2666

*If you really know what is going on.*2672

*I'm going to take it a little slowly and we will work it through.*2674

*We will find an answer and then I will kind of comeback at the end, and show you how you could have done it very quickly.*2680

*If you knew quickly, what you are doing.*2685

*We are going to check the definition of independence which it asks us*2690

*whether the joint density function factors into the product of the marginal densities.*2695

*Let me find the marginal densities, F1 of Y1 is equal to, we integrate on Y2 here.*2700

*Y2 goes from 0 to 1, my joint density function is 4Y1 Y2, and we are integrating DY2.*2708

*If I integrate that, the Y1 is a constant and the integral of 4Y2 is 2Y2².*2718

*2Y2², we still have the constant Y1.*2727

*We integrate that or we evaluate that from Y2 = 0 to Y2 = 1.*2732

*If I plug in Y2 = 1, I just get 2Y1.*2739

*Y2 = 0 does mean nothing.*2745

*I have figured out my marginal density function F1 of Y1.*2747

*F2 of Y2, if I do this exact same arithmetic, everything is symmetric here.*2750

*We will just swap the value of the variables.*2759

*It is going to work out to be 2Y2, that would be the marginal density function for Y2.*2761

*I want to check using the definition of independence, is F of Y1 Y2 is it equal to F1 of Y1,*2768

*the thing that I just calculated × F2 of Y2.*2778

*Is that going to work out?*2783

*I will plug in everything and I will see if it works out.*2784

*F4 × Y1 Y2 is that equal to 2Y1, that is what I just calculated, × 2Y2.*2787

*That was still a question, but when I look at them, it is really is, 4Y1 Y2 is 2 × Y1 × 2 × Y2.*2798

*Low and behold, it does check.*2808

*I really confirmed by the definition that, yes, Y1 and Y2 are independent.*2811

*That is very reassuring, that they do come out to be independent.*2826

*However, I hope that some of you watching the video were kind of chuckling to yourselves all along,*2830

*because you knew this answer in advance.*2836

*Here is how you knew the answer in advance.*2839

*You remembered that theorem that I gave you on the third slide of the lecture.*2841

*You can go back and check that out.*2848

*There are two conditions you had to check.*2849

*The domain is a rectangle and a square, in this case, does qualify as a rectangle.*2852

*You checked right away that the domain is a rectangle, that is confirmed.*2861

*The second condition that you have to check is that the joint density function,*2867

*F of Y1 Y2 factors into a function of Y1 × Y2.*2871

*Let me go ahead and say it is 4Y1 Y2.*2883

*If you wanted, you could write that as 4Y1 × Y2.*2886

*Or you can put a 2 on each part, it really does not matter.*2893

*The important thing here is that it is a function of Y1 only, × a function of Y2 only.*2895

*It does indeed factor as it is supposed to, in order to be independent.*2903

*Both of those are probably things you could have checked in your head, if you really knew what was going on.*2911

*In that case, you knew right away from the beginning of the problem, by the theorem Y1 and Y2 are independent.*2918

*You could save yourself this integration and the tedious checking, and jump to the answer right away.*2925

*Let me recap that problem.*2933

*I wanted to check this definition of independence,*2935

*that the joint density function does occur as the product of the two marginal density functions.*2939

*That meant, I had to calculate the two marginal density functions.*2945

*F1 of Y1, to calculate the marginal density function, you integrate over the other variable.*2949

*I put my Y2 there and my region is Y2 goes from 0 to 1.*2956

*That is how I got those limits right there, Y2 goes from 0 to 1.*2963

*My joint density function is 4Y1 Y2, I got that from the stem of the problem there.*2967

*Integrate that with respect to Y2.*2976

*The Y1 just comes along as a constant, the integral of 4Y2 is 2Y2².*2979

*Plug in the values for Y2, I get 2Y1.*2986

*The F2 of Y2 is completely symmetric.*2990

*The function and the region are both symmetric.*2994

*It is going to work out to be 2Y2.*2997

*And then, if I plug those both in, the 2Y1 and the 2Y2, I multiply them together and look,*3001

*I really do get the original joint density function that we started with.*3006

*It really did work out, in this example.*3011

*This is kind of a special example, if you check back some of the previous examples, example 1 and 2,*3013

*it did not work out when we multiply those.*3018

*In this case, it did work out and we can say that the variables are independent.*3020

*The quicker way to do that is to use the theorem that we had in the third slide of this lecture,*3026

*is to just look at this domain right here, and say that is a square.*3032

*A square counts as being a rectangle.*3035

*And then, you look quickly at the joint density function and say can I factor it somehow,*3038

*with all the Y1 on one side and all the Y2 in the other factor.*3044

*Yes I can, I can factor it just like this, all the Y1 in one part and all the Y2 on the other part.*3049

*I have successfully separated it into a function of Y1 × the function of Y2.*3055

*And that was the second condition that you had to check with the theorem.*3062

*The theorem says that both of those conditions are met, then Y1 and Y2 really are independent.*3065

*That is by far, a faster way to know quickly whether your variables are independent.*3071

*That wraps up this lecture on independent random variables.*3078

*This is part of the larger chapter on Bivariate distributions and Bivariate density functions.*3083

*In turn, that is part of the probability videos here on www.educator.com.*3090

*My name is Will Murray and I thank you very much for joining me today, bye now.*3096

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