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Random p-content of a p-parallelotope in Euclidean n-space

  • A. M. Mathai (a1)


Techniques currently available in the literature in dealing with problems in geometric probabilities seem to rely heavily on results from differential and integral geometry. This paper provides a radical departure in this respect. By using purely algebraic procedures and making use of some properties of Jacobians of matrix transformations and functions of matrix argument, the distributional aspects of the random p-content of a p-parallelotope in Euclidean n-space are studied. The common assumptions of independence and rotational invariance of the random points are relaxed and the exact distributions and arbitrary moments, not just integer moments, are derived in this article. General real matrix-variate families of distributions, whose special cases include the mulivariate Gaussian, a multivariate type-1 beta, a multivariate type-2 beta and spherically symmetric distributions, are considered.


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Random p-content of a p-parallelotope in Euclidean n-space

  • A. M. Mathai (a1)


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