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Suppose that the expectation of a random variable $X$ is $5$. Which of the following statements is true?

  1. There is a sample point at which $X$ has the value $5$.
  2. There is a sample point at which $X$ has value greater than $5$.
  3. There is a sample point at which $X$ has a value greater than equal to $5$.
  4. None of the above
asked in Probability by Veteran (59.9k points)
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option elimination gives answer c .. bt i have one doubt if 'greater or equal to' is true then i think 'less than equal to' also true .. is it not  @Arjun sir  ??

Hello Digvijay

Yes! That's one possibility.

Possibility 1) one possibility is every variable is equal to 5 , hence average will be 5.

Possibility 2) if some variable is greater than 5 , then there must be some other variable that would be less than 5.

Possibility 3 ) Mixture of both above possibilities.

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Answer is (C)

Expectation of discrete random variable (finite case)

$E(X) = x_1 p_1 + x_2p_2 + \dots  +x_np_n$

$E(X) = 5, 0 \leq pi \leq1$

$p_1 + p_2 + \dots + p_n = 1$

Therefore, $E(X) = 5$ is possible only if at-least one of the  $x_i \geq 5$

answered by Loyal (5.8k points)
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in 1st eqn, xnpn rt?
@Arjun : thnx  ... corrected now ..
thats correct :)
:O how? You just gave an example case where a, b and c are true. But how can we say this for all cases?
c is true if and only if one of a or b is true. And either 'a' or 'b' is true, but not necessarily BOTH. i.e.,

c ↔ a ∨ b


c does not imply a and c does not imply b.
No. C is not the answer because it is stronger. A and B are wrong. C is the only answer.
Why cant the answer be There is a sample point at which x has value <=5 ?? Please correct me on this.
And if this answer is also acceptable then the answer must be d)None of these.
+21 votes

Expectation is nothing but average value ...

A) Let the samples be 4,6 .. Average = (4+6) / 2 = 5 .. So average of 5 is possible even if no sample point has a value 5... So A) is eliminated.

B) Let samples be 5,5 .. Average = (5+5) / 2 = 5 .. So Average can be 5 even if no sample is greater than 5 .. So B) is eliminated ...

C) should be always TRUE .. If you dont have even 1 sample which is <= average_value x then average of x is not possible.. This is also applicable if you dont have even 1 sample point which is >= average_value

So Option C) is the answer ... 

answered by Loyal (8.1k points)
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A gud view
I think ur statement "Expectation is nothing but average value " is nt correct every time ...
@puja why not? Expectation is nothing but mean or average.
It's weighted average.
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I think answer should be c) as I could not find any case in which mean is 5 and at all sample points X has value less than 5
answered by Active (1.6k points)

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