Symbols:T/Student's t-Distribution

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Student's $t$-Distribution

$\StudentT k$

Symbol used for Student's $t$-Distribution.


Let $X$ be a continuous random variable on a probability space $\struct {\Omega, \Sigma, \Pr}$.

Let $\Img X = \R$.


$X$ is said to have a $t$-distribution with $k$ degrees of freedom if and only if it has probability density function:

$\map {f_X} x = \dfrac {\map \Gamma {\frac {k + 1} 2} } {\sqrt {\pi k} \map \Gamma {\frac k 2} } \paren {1 + \dfrac {x^2} k}^{-\frac {k + 1} 2}$

for some $k \in \R_{> 0}$.


This is written:

$X \sim \StudentT k$


The $\LaTeX$ code for \(X \sim \StudentT k\) is X \sim \StudentT k .


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