Moments of random variables: A systems-theoretic interpretation

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Title: Moments of random variables: A systems-theoretic interpretation
Authors: Padoan, A
Astolfi, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Moments of continuous random variables admitting a probability density function are studied. We show that, under certain assumptions, the moments of a random variable can be characterised in terms of a Sylvester equation and of the steady-state output response of a specific interconnected system. This allows to interpret well-known notions and results of probability theory and statistics in the language of systems theory, including the sum of independent random variables, the notion of mixture distribution and results from renewal theory. The theory developed is based on tools from the center manifold theory, the theory of the steady-state response of nonlinear systems, and the theory of output regulation. Our formalism is illustrated by means of several examples and can be easily adapted to the case of discrete and of multivariate random variables.
Issue Date: 8-Feb-2019
Date of Acceptance: 1-Feb-2019
ISSN: 0018-9286
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Journal / Book Title: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
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Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Funder's Grant Number: 664639
Keywords: 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
0102 Applied Mathematics
0913 Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Engineering & Automation
Publication Status: Published online
Online Publication Date: 2019-02-08
Appears in Collections:Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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