Snapshot 1: The data has a standard normal distribution. As is well known, a value of a random variable from this distribution is, with high probability, in the interval

(see the blue curve). The dark red curve shows the density of the fifth record value (note that, in a sequence of 100 values, the mean number of records is approximately five). We see that the fifth record is, with high probability, in the interval

. The mean of the fifth record is 2.72. The light red curves show that the variance of the record values has a decreasing pattern. The 10

^{th} record is, with high probability, in the interval

. The means of the first through 10

^{th} record values are as follows: 0.90, 1.50, 1.97, 2.37, 2.72, 3.03, 3.32, 3.59, 3.85, and 4.09. Note that records occur seldomly. For example, for the mean number of records to be 10, we need a sequence of 12,367 values!

Snapshot 2: The data has an exponential distribution with mean 1. A value of a random variable from this distribution is, with high probability, in the interval

(see the blue curve). The dark red curve again shows the density of the fifth record value. We see that the fifth record is, with high probability, in the interval

. The mean of the fifth record is 6. The light red curves show that the variance of the record values has an increasing pattern. In fact, the mean and variance of the

record is

for the exponential distribution with mean 1.

Snapshot 3: The data has a Weibull distribution. The data is, with high probability, in the interval

, while the fifth record value is, with high probability, in the interval

. The variance of the record values remains almost constant.

Snapshot 4: The data has a standard uniform distribution. The fifth record value is, with high probability, in the interval

. The mean of the fifth record is 0.984. The variance of the record values has a decreasing pattern. Note that the red curves have been cut at 3.6.

Snapshot 5: The data has a standard normal distribution. Suppose the current record value is 3.0. The figure shows the conditional density and mean of the next record. The conditional mean of the next record is 3.28.

Let the probability density and cumulative distribution functions of the data be

and

, respectively. The density function of the

record value,

, is

; see [1, p. 10]. Moments of record values for the Weibull, power function, Pareto, Gumbel, and normal distribution are derived in [1, Section 2.7] (the extreme value distribution considered in [1] is called the Gumbel distribution in

*Mathematica*); we used

*Mathematica* to derive the results for various distributions.

Suppose that the current record value is

. The conditional density of the next record given the current record

is

,

; see [1, p. 11].

[1] B. C. Arnold, N. Balakrishnan, and H. N. Nagaraja,

*Records*, New York: Wiley, 1998.