Code for probability division and simulation

I'm having trouble performing the following computations in RMarkdown. I'm new to this program and have the R for Everyone book, but still can't get the right output. I would be very grateful if a master could assist.

Suppose you role a die twice in succession, getting X1 and X2. Then divide them, getting Y=X1X2. Thus, Y

is discrete, ranging from a minimum of 1/6 to a maximum of 6.

X1 = c(1,2,3,4,5,6)
X2 = c(1,2,3,4,5,6)

Y = c()

for (i in X1) {
  for (j in X2) {
     Y = c(Y, i/j)
  1. Find the mean of the Y.
  2. Simulate 10,000 (or more) iid observations Yi(=Xi1Xi2)

. Draw the graph of successive average (cumulative mean) of these Ys. Discuss your observations.

I'm confused on how to get the weighted probabilities to divide into each other, or Y...then simulate the 10,000 rolls and average multiples times.

This looks like it may be a homework problem, so instead of writing out the code for you, I'll try to explain where you've gone astray in thinking about your code.

When you write for (i in X1), you are instructing i to iterate over the values in X1. So i will take on the values 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. j will do likewise, and so your loop will iterate exactly 36 times. As it is written, your loop cannot iterate 10000 times.

Thus, you may want to iterate over something other than X1 and X2.

My hint would be to use the following code

Y <- vector("numeric", 10000)

This assigns a vector of 10000 values to Y. Each value starts at zero, but can be replaced, with an expression of Y[i] <- ... where i is the element to be replaced. In a for loop, you can iterate over the length of Y with for (i in seq_along(Y))

Lastly, in order to simulate your dice, you can succinctly simulate the ratio of X1 to X2 with

sample(1:6, 1) / sample(1:6, 1)

If you can do that 10000 times and assign it to Y, you'll be on your way to a solution.

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Here's what I did for the first part:

  1. Find the mean of the Y.

I answered this question in two ways, a & b. The first was the mean Y of a random sample of X1 and X2. Then, I calculated the weighted sum of the random variables shown in the figure before finding Y.


p.die <- rep(1/6,6)

die1 <- 1:6
sample(die1, size=1, prob=p.die, replace=T)

die2 <- 1:6
sample(die2, size=1, prob=p.die, replace=T)





I understand. I've already posted my solutions. I should reword it to show the need for a larger sample size and how to simplify the 10,000 ratios after the weighted probabilities.

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Does anyone know a quick code to use to calculate the 10,000 probabilities ratio? All I'm getting is a giant list and confusion on what code/equation to use.

p.die <- rep(1/6,6)

die <- 1:6
sample(die, size=10000, prob=p.die, replace=T)