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    Exponential Distribution Function and Derivation of the Equation

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    Let F(t) = 1- e ^(- lamda*t)
    a) Show how to generate a random variable from the exponential distribution function shown above. Show derivation of the equation.
    b) Generate 10000 random variables X and Y with cumulative distribution F(t); do this twice using lambda =2,3 (so 2 columns of 10000 numbers each).
    c) Using the equation from a) and the data from b) construct a graph(s) that confirms lambda is the values used (ie 2 and 3)

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    a) It is given that, the cumulative distribution function is
    F(t) = 1 - e^lambda*t

    We know that the distribution of the distribution function F(t) is uniform, U[0,1].
    Let u be a random umber from the Uniform distribution on [0, 1].
    Now, we can generate a random number from F(t) = 1 - e^ -lambda*t using the equation
    u = 1 - e^-lambda*t
    That is,
    e^-lambda*t = 1 - u

    Taking natural logarithm on both sides we get,
    -lambda*t = ln(1-u)

    Therefore, t = (-1/lambda)ln(1-u).
    Thus, the simulation procedure is first generate uniform random numbers u_1, and u_2 and compute
    X = -1/2 ln(1-u_1) and Y = -1/3 ln(1-u_2). ...

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    Exponential distribution functions and derivation of the equations are examined. The expert uses Excel Data Analysis and charts.