Probability and Conditional Expectation: Fundamentals for the Empirical SciencesISBN: 9781119243526
600 pages
May 2017

Description
Probability and Conditional Expectations bridges the gap between books on probability theory and statistics by providing the probabilistic concepts estimated and tested in analysis of variance, regression analysis, factor analysis, structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear models and analysis of qualitative data. The authors emphasize the theory of conditional expectations that is also fundamental to conditional independence and conditional distributions.
Probability and Conditional Expectations
 Presents a rigorous and detailed mathematical treatment of probability theory focusing on concepts that are fundamental to understand what we are estimating in applied statistics.
 Explores the basics of random variables along with extensive coverage of measurable functions and integration.
 Extensively treats conditional expectations also with respect to a conditional probability measure and the concept of conditional effect functions, which are crucial in the analysis of causal effects.
 Is illustrated throughout with simple examples, numerous exercises and detailed solutions.
 Provides website links to further resources including videos of courses delivered by the authors as well as R code exercises to help illustrate the theory presented throughout the book.
Table of Contents
Part I MeasureTheoretical Foundations of Probability Theory
1 Measure 3
1.1 Introductory Examples 3
1.2 σAlgebra and Measurable Space 4
1.2.1 σAlgebra Generated by a Set System 9
1.2.2 σAlgebra of Borel Sets on Rn 12
1.2.3 σAlgebra on a Cartesian Product 13
1.2.4 ∩Stable Set Systems That Generate a σAlgebra 15
1.3 Measure and Measure Space 16
1.3.1 σAdditivity and Related Properties 17
1.3.2 Other Properties 18
1.4 Specific Measures 20
1.4.1 Dirac Measure and Counting Measure 21
1.4.2 Lebesgue Measure 22
1.4.3 Other Examples of a Measure 23
1.4.4 Finite and σFinite Measures 23
1.4.5 Product Measure 24
1.5 Continuity of a Measure 25
1.6 Specifying a Measure via a Generating System 27
1.7 σAlgebra That is Trivial With Respect to a Measure 28
1.8 Proofs 28
1.9 Exercises 31
2 Measurable Mapping 41
2.1 Image and Inverse Image 41
2.2 Introductory Examples 42
2.2.1 Example 1: Rectangles 42
2.2.2 Example 2: Flipping two Coins 44
2.3 Measurable Mapping 46
2.3.1 Measurable Mapping 46
2.3.2 σAlgebra Generated by a Mapping 51
2.3.3 Final σAlgebra 54
2.3.4 Multivariate Mapping 54
2.3.5 Projection Mapping 56
2.3.6 Measurability With Respect to a Mapping 56
2.4 Theorems on Measurable Mappings 58
2.4.1 Measurability of a Composition 59
2.4.2 Theorems on Measurable Functions 61
2.5 Equivalence of Two Mappings With Respect to a Measure 64
2.6 Image Measure 67
2.7 Proofs 70
2.8 Exercises 75
3 Integral 83
3.1 Definition 83
3.1.1 Integral of a Nonnegative Step Function 83
3.1.2 Integral of a Nonnegative Measurable Function 88
3.1.3 Integral of a Measurable Function 93
3.2 Properties 96
3.2.1 Integral of μEquivalent Functions 98
3.2.2 Integral With Respect to a Weighted Sum of Measures 100
3.2.3 Integral With Respect to an Image Measure 102
3.2.4 Convergence Theorems 103
3.3 Lebesgue and Riemann Integral 104
3.4 Density 106
3.5 Absolute Continuity and the RadonNikodym Theorem 108
3.6 Integral With Respect to a Product Measure 110
3.7 Proofs 111
3.8 Exercises 120
Part II Probability, Random Variable and its Distribution
4 Probability Measure 127
4.1 Probability Measure and Probability Space 127
4.1.1 Definition 127
4.1.2 Formal and Substantive Meaning of Probabilistic Terms 128
4.1.3 Properties of a Probability Measure 128
4.1.4 Examples 130
4.2 Conditional Probability 132
4.2.1 Definition 132
4.2.2 Filtration and Time Order Between Events and Sets of Events 133
4.2.3 Multiplication Rule 135
4.2.4 Examples 136
4.2.5 Theorem of Total Probability 137
4.2.6 Bayes’ Theorem 138
4.2.7 ConditionalProbability Measure 139
4.3 Independence 143
4.3.1 Independence of Events 143
4.3.2 Independence of Set Systems 144
4.4 Conditional Independence Given an Event 145
4.4.1 Conditional Independence of Events Given an Event 145
4.4.2 Conditional Independence of Set Systems Given an Event 146
4.5 Proofs 148
4.6 Exercises 150
5 Random Variable, Distribution, Density, and Distribution Function 155
5.1 Random Variable and its Distribution 155
5.2 Equivalence of Two Random Variables With Respect to a Probability Measure 161
5.2.1 Identical and PEquivalent Random Variables 161
5.2.2 PEquivalence, PBEquivalence, and Absolute Continuity 164
5.3 Multivariate Random Variable 167
5.4 Independence of Random Variables 169
5.5 Probability Function of a Discrete Random Variable 175
5.6 Probability Density With Respect to a Measure 178
5.6.1 General Concepts and Properties 178
5.6.2 Density of a Discrete Random Variable 180
5.6.3 Density of a Bivariate Random Variable 180
5.7 Uni or Multivariate RealValued Random Variable 182
5.7.1 Distribution Function of a Univariate RealValued Random Variable 182
5.7.2 Distribution Function of a Multivariate RealValued Random Variable 184
5.7.3 Density of a Continuous Univariate RealValued Random Variable 185
5.7.4 Density of a Continuous Multivariate RealValued Random Variable 187
5.8 Proofs 188
5.9 Exercises 196
6 Expectation, Variance, and Other Moments 199
6.1 Expectation 199
6.1.1 Definition 199
6.1.2 Expectation of a Discrete Random Variable 200
6.1.3 Computing the Expectation Using a Density 202
6.1.4 Transformation Theorem 203
6.1.5 Rules of Computation 206
6.2 Moments, Variance, and Standard Deviation 207
6.3 Proofs 212
6.4 Exercises 213
7 Linear QuasiRegression, Covariance, and Correlation 217
7.1 Linear QuasiRegression 217
7.2 Covariance 220
7.3 Correlation 224
7.4 Expectation Vector and Covariance Matrix 227
7.4.1 Random Vector and Random Matrix 227
7.4.2 Expectation of a Random Vector and a Random Matrix 228
7.4.3 Covariance Matrix of two Multivariate Random Variables 229
7.5 Multiple Linear QuasiRegression 231
7.6 Proofs 233
7.7 Exercises 237
8 Some Distributions 245
8.1 Some Distributions of Discrete Random Variables 245
8.1.1 Discrete Uniform Distribution 245
8.1.2 Bernoulli Distribution 246
8.1.3 Binomial Distribution 247
8.1.4 Poisson Distribution 250
8.1.5 Geometric Distribution 252
8.2 Some Distributions of Continuous Random Variables 254
8.2.1 Continuous Uniform Distribution 254
8.2.2 Normal Distribution 256
8.2.3 Multivariate Normal Distribution 259
8.2.4 Central χ2Distribution 262
8.2.5 Central t Distribution 264
8.2.6 Central FDistribution 266
8.3 Proofs 267
8.4 Exercises 271
Part III Conditional Expectation and Regression
9 Conditional Expectation Value and Discrete Conditional Expectation 277
9.1 Conditional Expectation Value 277
9.2 Transformation Theorem 280
9.3 Other Properties 282
9.4 Discrete Conditional Expectation 283
9.5 Discrete Regression 285
9.6 Examples 287
9.7 Proofs 291
9.8 Exercises 291
10 Conditional Expectation 295
10.1 Assumptions and Definitions 295
10.2 Existence and Uniqueness 297
10.2.1 Uniqueness With Respect to a Probability Measure 298
10.2.2 A Necessary and Sufficient Condition of Uniqueness 299
10.2.3 Examples 300
10.3 Rules of Computation and Other Properties 301
10.3.1 Rules of Computation 301
10.3.2 Monotonicity 302
10.3.3 Convergence Theorems 302
10.4 Factorization, Regression, and Conditional Expectation Value 306
10.4.1 Existence of a Factorization 306
10.4.2 Conditional Expectation and MeanSquared Error 307
10.4.3 Uniqueness of a Factorization 308
10.4.4 Conditional Expectation Value 309
10.5 Characterizing a Conditional Expectation by the Joint Distribution 312
10.6 Conditional Mean Independence 313
10.7 Proofs 318
10.8 Exercises 321
11 Residual, Conditional Variance, and Conditional Covariance 329
11.1 Residual With Respect to a Conditional Expectation 329
11.2 Coefficient of Determination and Multiple Correlation 333
11.3 Conditional Variance and Covariance Given a σAlgebra 338
11.4 Conditional Variance and Covariance Given a Value of a Random Variable 339
11.5 Properties of Conditional Variances and Covariances 342
11.6 Partial Correlation 345
11.7 Proofs 347
11.8 Exercises 348
12 Linear Regression 357
12.1 Basic Ideas 357
12.2 Assumptions and Definitions 359
12.3 Examples 361
12.4 Linear QuasiRegression 366
12.5 Uniqueness and Identification of Regression Coefficients 367
12.6 Linear Regression 369
12.7 Parametrizations of a Discrete Conditional Expectation 370
12.8 Invariance of Regression Coefficients 374
12.9 Proofs 375
12.10Exercises 377
13 Linear Logistic Regression 381
13.1 Logit Transformation of a Conditional Probability 381
13.2 Linear Logistic Parametrization 383
13.3 A Parametrization of a Discrete Conditional Probability 385
13.4 Identification of Coefficients of a Linear Logistic Parametrization 387
13.5 Linear Logistic Regression and Linear Logit Regression 388
13.6 Proofs 394
13.7 Exercises 396
14 Conditional Expectation With Respect to a ConditionalProbability Measure 399
14.1 Introductory Examples 399
14.2 Assumptions and Definitions 404
14.3 Properties 410
14.4 Partial Conditional Expectation 412
14.5 Factorization 413
14.5.1 Conditional Expectation Value With Respect to PB 414
14.5.2 Uniqueness of Factorizations 415
14.6 Uniqueness 415
14.6.1 A Necessary and Sufficient Condition of Uniqueness 415
14.6.2 Uniqueness w.r.t. P and Other Probability Measures 417
14.6.3 Necessary and Sufficient Conditions of PUniqueness 418
14.6.4 Properties Related to PUniqueness 420
14.7 Conditional Mean Independence With Respect to PZ=z 424
14.8 Proofs 426
14.9 Exercises 431
15 Conditional Effect Functions of a Discrete Regressor 437
15.1 Assumptions and Definitions 437
15.2 Conditional Intercept Function and Effect Functions 438
15.3 Implications of Independence of X and Z for Regression Coefficients 441
15.4 Adjusted Conditional Effect Functions 443
15.5 Conditional Logit Effect Functions 447
15.6 Implications of Independence of X and Z for the Logit Regression Coefficients 450
15.7 Proofs 452
15.8 Exercises 454
Part IV Conditional Independence and Conditional Distribution
16 Conditional Independence 459
16.1 Assumptions and Definitions 459
16.1.1 Two Events 459
16.1.2 Two Sets of Events 461
16.1.3 Two Random Variables 462
16.2 Properties 463
16.3 Conditional Independence and Conditional Mean Independence 470
16.4 Families of Events 473
16.5 Families of Set Systems 473
16.6 Families of Random Variables 475
16.7 Proofs 478
16.8 Exercises 486
17 Conditional Distribution 491
17.1 Conditional Distribution Given a σAlgebra or a Random Variable 491
17.2 Conditional Distribution Given a Value of a Random Variable 494
17.3 Existence and Uniqueness 497
17.3.1 Existence 497
17.3.2 Uniqueness of the Functions PY C ( ·, A′) 498
17.3.3 Common Null Set (CNS) Uniqueness of a Conditional Distribution 499
17.4 ConditionalProbability Measure Given a Value of a Random Variable 502
17.5 Decomposing the Joint Distribution of Random Variables 504
17.6 Conditional Independence and Conditional Distributions 506
17.7 Expectations With Respect to a Conditional Distribution 511
17.8 Conditional Distribution Function and Probability Density 513
17.9 Conditional Distribution and RadonNikodym Density 516
17.10Proofs 520
17.11Exercises 536
References 541
Author Information
Rolf Steyer,
Institute of Psychology, University of Jena, Germany
Werner Nagel,
Institute of Mathematics, University of Jena, Germany