By Jeffrey S. Rosenthal

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We note that the sets Ai form a finite partition of ft. For such a simple random variable X = Y^i=ixi^-Ai, we define its expected value or expectation or mean by E(X) = £™ =1 ^iP(Ai). That is, ( n \ ^2xilAi\ t=i n =^2xiP(Ai), / {Ai} a finite partition of ft. 2) i=i We sometimes write \ix for E(X). 3. 2) is well-defined, in the sense that if {Ai} and {Bj} are two different finite partitions of ft, such that £™ =1 Xi^-At = then ££=I2/J1B,> E ? = i ^ P ( ^ i ) = ££=iS/jP(Sj). [Hint: collect together those Ai and Bj corresponding to the same values of x» and yj] For a quick example, let (ft,^, P ) be Lebesgue measure on [0,1], and define simple random variables X and Y by *<">-< £ : < $ , y < 2, 4, 6, 8, w rational u> = 1/V2 other w < 1/4 otherwise.

Let Ai,A2,... be independent events. ) for each n £ N. Prove that there is a real number a such that P(Y = a) = 1. 7. Section summary. In this section, we defined random variables, which are functions on the state space. We also defined independence of events and of random variables. We derived the continuity property of probability measures. We defined limit events and proved the important Borel-Cantelli Lemma. We defined tail fields and proved the remarkable Kolmogorov Zero-One Law. 43 4. E X P E C T E D VALUES.

Suppose that Q. = N is the set of positive integers, and T is the set of all subsets A such that either A or Ac is finite, and P is defined by P(A) = 0 if A is finite, and P(A) = 1 if Ac is finite. (a) Is T an algebra? (b) Is T a cr-algebra? (c) Is P finitely additive? (d) Is P countably additive on J7, meaning that if Ai,A2,... € T are disjoint, and if it happens that \Jn An £ T, then P ( U n Ai) — J2n P(-^n)? 6. Suppose that $7 = [0,1] is the unit interval, and JF is the set of all subsets A such that either A or Ac is finite, and P is defined by P(A) = 0 if A is finite, and P(A) = 1 if A c is finite.