# Random Variables and Random Vectors

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## Abstract

It often happens that we do not really care about the outcome of an experiment itself, but rather we are interested in some consequence of this outcome. For instance, a gambler is not primarily interested in the question whether or not heads comes up, but instead in the financial consequences of such an outcome. Hence the gambler is interested in a *function* of the outcome, rather than in the outcome itself. Such a function is called a *random variable* and in this chapter we define and study such random variables.

## Keywords

Poisson Distribution Random Vector Conditional Distribution Marginal Distribution Independent Random Variable
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