The sum of independent, but not necessary identically distributed, exponential random variables follows hypoexponential distribution. We study a situation when the rate parameters of the exponential variables are not all different from each other. We obtain a representation for the Laplace transform of the hypoexponential distribution in the case of two repeated parameter values. Applying this decomposition, we prove a characterization of the exponential distribution.
George Yanev. “On characterization of the exponential distribution via hypoexponential distributions.” J. Statistical Theory and Practice, forthcoming.