Silly error somewhere in my code

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Mark Whirdy
Mark Whirdy on 4 Jul 2012
Would appreciate someone's help in spotting a silly error (or bad math) somewhere here. Its difficult to explain precisely without being able to attach some equations but basically I'm trying to establish equivalents between q5 and q6 below. But instead I get 0.21 & 0.37 and can't see my own error.
q5 is the integral of a product of a quadratic polynomial and the norm pdf q6 is the normal moment-generating-function in t=2,1,0 where each moment is multiplied by its respective polynomial coefficient h1,h2,h3. I can't see why these are not equivalent. If the problem isn't clear, please email me at and I will send the equations which should help(can't attach a doc here unfortunately).
mu = 0; sigma = 1;
h1 = -0.003;
h2 = 0.10;
h3 = 0.21;
a = -10^10; b = 10^10;
g = @(mu,sigma,h1,h2,h3)(quad(@(x)((h1*x.^2 + h2*x.^1 + h3*x.^0).*normpdf(x,mu,sigma)), a, b));
q5 = g(mu,sigma,h1,h2,h3)
t = (2:-1:0)';
h = [h1, h2, h3];
q6 = h * exp(mu*t + 0.5.*t.*sigma^2) % moment generating function
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AC on 4 Jul 2012
Not the answer but a first error in the code is a square missing in q6. If I remember correctly, the moment generating function of a gaussian is
exp(mu*t + 0.5.*t.^2*sigma^2)
That doesn't solve your problem unfortunately, but it's a start!

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AC on 4 Jul 2012
Edited: AC on 4 Jul 2012
This time a real answer: it's a math problem. If that's ok, I'll answer with some latex code.
Let f be the norm(0,1) pdf
Q5= \int (h_1 x^2+h_2 x +h_3) f(x) dx
= h_1 E(X^2) + h_2 E(X) + h_3
Editing: the following was not correct (wrong definition of moment generating function)
Now, the moment generating function M(t) gives:
So Q6 would look like this:
Q6=h_1 M(2) + h_2 M(1) + h_3 M(0)
=h_1 (1+E(X)+2E(X^2)) + h_2 (1+E(X)) + h_3
And is therefore not equal to Q5.
Mark Whirdy
Mark Whirdy on 19 Dec 2012
Edited: Mark Whirdy on 19 Dec 2012
It was posted as an Answer intentionally, to show that it was in fact answered (the answer is its a reasoning problem & not a coding problem), and that Anne-Claire provided that answer (by email). I accepted her answer above only to give her the stat. This is reasonable given the circumstances. Thanks

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