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October 29th, 2017, 12:27 PM  #1 
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X and Y are independent positive random variables with the same distribution, and the finite expected value µ: 1) E[(X)/(X+Y)] = 1/2 Any proof? 
October 29th, 2017, 01:18 PM  #2 
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Off hand: E[(x)/(X+Y)]=E[(y)/(X+Y)] E[(X+Y)/(X+Y)]=1, so each term =1/2.

October 29th, 2017, 06:52 PM  #3 
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October 30th, 2017, 06:12 AM  #4 
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1. E[(X)/(X+Y)] = E[(Y)/(X+Y)] 2. E[(X)/(X+Y)] + E[(Y)/(X+Y)] = E[(X+Y)/(X+Y)] =1 Therefore: E[(X)/(X+Y)] = 1/2 
October 30th, 2017, 03:50 PM  #5 
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