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Probability of k overlapping subsets in N trials

Ok, here is what I am attempting to find an answer to: I draw M uniformly random subsets of size K from the set of numbers $\Omega=\{1, \dots, N\}$ (where uniformly random means that each unique ...
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Longest of random worm-like paths in $\mathbb{Z}^2$

Imagine at each lattice point of $\mathbb{Z}^2$ within $[1,3n]^2$, with coordinates $\equiv 2 \mod 3$, we place, with equal probability, one of these six patterns:       The result ...
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A square-squareroot integer race sequence involving primes

I wonder what is the expected behavior of this process? Let $f^2_{\mathrm{next}}(n) =$ the next prime after $n^2$. $g_{\mathrm{sqrt}}(n) = \lfloor \sqrt{n} \rfloor$. Now iterate as ...
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Generating random finite groups

I would like a method to efficiently generate a random finite group of a given order $n$. If there are $g(n)$ non-isomorphic groups of order $n$, ideally each group would occur with probability ...
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Probability generating function zero implies random variable is infinite

Let $V$ be a random variable supported on the nonnegative integers (including $\infty$) and $f(x) = \mathbf E x^V$ be the probability generating function. In our model $V$ is the number of visits to ...
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Cardinality of intersection of a random subset with a fixed subset

How can I simply prove the following fact: Let $A := \{1, \dots n \}$ and $B := \{1, \dots, \lfloor \frac{n}{4} \rfloor \}$. Let $d \in (0,1)$ and let $R$ be a randomly choosen (with uniform ...
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Does erosion mix faster than a riffle shuffle?

It is a famous result of Aldous and Diaconis1 that seven shuffles are necessary and suffice to approximately randomize 52 cards.2 Here the shuffles are the standard riffle shuffle, where the ...
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Calculating a specific joint probability involving sums of binomial distributions

The following might look like a simple problem - but the question has been unanswered for more than a week on math.stackexchange.com, and I have asked quite a few of the Ph.d. students at our ...
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Bounding the entropy of a convolution

Say we have a function $f:\mathbb{Z}_2^n \to \mathbb{R}$, such that $\sum _{x\in \mathbb{Z}_2^n} f(x)^2 = 1$ (so we can think of $\{ f(x)^2\} _{x\in \mathbb{Z}_2^n}$ as a distribution). It is natural ...
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Designing a tree to match a distribution

I want to design a tree to approximate a given sequence of numbers, in the following sense. Let $X=(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ be $n$ numbers, with $0 < x_i \le 1$ and $\sum_i x_1 = 1$. For a rooted tree ...
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Randomized algorithm?

The problem is as follows. Given a set $S$ of natural numbers of size $n$ where each $x_i \in S$ is from the set $[n^2]$. Elements of $S$ are not necessarily pairwise different, i.e., there can be ...
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Statistical computation in matrix. Rows before columns? riddle..

First I'll phrase the question as a riddle, and than as a general math problem. We have 12 lettered vases $(A,B,...,L)$, in each vase there are 30 numbered balls (1-30). In each ball there is some ...
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How to compute KL-divergence when PMF contains 0s?

From the Wikipedia page on Kullback-Leibler divergence, the way to compute this metric is to utilize the following formula: The way I understand this is to compute the PMFs of two given sample sets ...