B. Sc. Examination by course unit, 2011 MTH5122 Statistical Methods, Sample Paper

B. Sc. Examination by course unit, 2011
Statistical Methods, Sample Paper
Duration: 2 hours
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Examiner(s): B. Bogacka, H. Grossmann
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Question 1 (15 marks) Let
1 − e−2x (1 + 2x), for x ∈ (0, ∞);
FX (x) =
(a) Write down the conditions for a function F to be a cumulative distribution
(a) Show that F given above is a cumulative distribution function of a random
variable X.
(b) Obtain the probability density function of the random variable X.
Question 2 (20 marks) Let X be a continuous random variable with the probability density function
, for x > α;
fX (x) =
(a) Show that, for t < 1, the moment generating function for X is
MX (t) = eαt /(1 − t).
(b) Use the moment generating function to obtain the expectation and the variance
of X.
(c) Let Y = X − α. Obtain the moment generating function MY (t) and state the
distribution of Y .
Question 3 (15 marks) Random variables X and Y have joint probability density
function given by
c(x2 + xy), for 0 < x < 1, 0 < y < 1;
fX,Y (x, y) =
(a) Find the marginal pdf fX (x) and the marginal pdf fY (y) in terms of c. Find c. [6]
(b) Are the variables X and Y independent? Explain.
(c) Calculate the probability that (0 < X < 1/2 and 0 < Y < 1/2).
(d) Find the conditional probability density function of Y |X = x.
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Question 4 (16 marks) Let Yi ∼ N (µ, σ 2 ), i = 1, . . . , n, be a random sample.
Consider the following estimators of µ:
b1 = (Y1 + Y2 ),
Y2 + . . . + Yn−1 1
b2 = Y1 +
+ Yn ,
2(n − 2)
b3 =
(a) Show that each of the three estimators is unbiased.
(b) Calculate the variance of each estimator and check the estimators’ consistency. [8]
(c) Which of the three estimators of the mean would you recommend and why?
Question 5 (20 marks) A pharmaceutical company conducted an experiment to
compare the mean times (in days) necessary to recover from the effects and complications that follow the onset of the common cold. The experiment compared persons
on daily dose of 500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C to those who were not given a vitamin supplement. For each treatment category 150 adults were randomly selected,
and the mean recovery times and standard deviations for the two groups were found
to be as shown in the table
No supplement 500 mg vitamin C
Sample mean
Sample variance
(a) Do the data indicate that the use of vitamin C reduces the mean time required
to recover from complications of the common cold? Use the significance level
α = 0.05 to test the relevant hypothesis.
(b) State the Central Limit Theorem and explain briefly how it can be applied to
obtain the approximate test statistic under the null hypothesis about equality
of means of two populations.
Question 6 (14 marks)
(a) What assumptions about sampling are made for testing the independence of two
systems of classification using a contingency table.
(b) A study was conducted to determine the effect of early child care on infantmother attachment patterns. In the study 93 infants were classified as either
secure or anxious using the Ainsworth strange-situation paradigm. In addition,
the infants were classified according to the average number of hours per week
that they spent in child care. The data are given in the table below.
Low (0–3 h)
Hours in child care
Moderate (4–19 h)
High (20–54 h)
Do the data indicate a dependence between attachment patterns and the number of hours spend in child care? Test using α = 0.05.
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