Hi, Am trying to generate complex gaussian random variables using the randn function but when I calculated the mean of those random variables it is not giving zero as answer.Can anyone tell why this is happening? mohan 

zero mean random variables
Started by ●March 4, 2003
Reply by ●March 5, 200320030305
Message
Let's say you are taking multiple independent identically
distributed values from a gaussian random value generator. The mean of
those values is itself a random variable. Say you take values X1, X2, ...,
XN from a random number generator, then the mean of them is MX =
sum(X1,...,XN)/N, which itself is a random variable. The expectation of MX
(or its mean, if you formed many MX's from different sets of Xi's, i
from 1 to N) is zero, but the variance of MX, E{ MX^2 } if MX is zeromean, is
NOT zero.
If the
variance of the random value generator was 1, then the variance of MX is
1/N. So any finite set of X's has a mean that on average will be
zero, but is not guaranteed (indeed, has infinitesimal probability of being
exactly) zero. The larger the set, the closer MX should be to
zero.
Most
likely, the number generator is working perfectly, and you are observing an
effect caused by a finite set of samples.
Sincerely,
Glen
Ragan
Original Message Hi,From: mohan prasad [mailto:m...@yahoo.com] Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 1:48 PM To: m...@yahoogroups.com Subject: [matlab] zero mean random variables Am trying to generate complex gaussian random variables using the randn function but when I calculated the mean of those random variables it is not giving zero as answer.Can anyone tell why this is happening? mohan _____________________________________ Note: If you do a simple "reply" with your email client, only the author of this message will receive your answer. You need to do a "reply all" if you want your answer to be distributed to the entire group. _____________________________________ About this discussion group: To Join: m...@yahoogroups.com To Post: m...@yahoogroups.com To Leave: m...@yahoogroups.com Archives: http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/matlab More DSPRelated Groups: http://www.dsprelated.com/groups.php3 ">Yahoo! Terms of Service. 