# Tagged Questions

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### Total variation and Hellinger distance inequality between truncated Gaussians

We know that the total variation distance, $d_{TV}(P,Q) = \frac{1}{2}\left|\left|P-Q\right|\right|_1$, between any two distributions $P$ and $Q$ is lower bounded by their squared Hellinger distance, ...

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### Conditional Form of Rosenthal's Inequality

Rosenthal's Inequality as stated in the book "Martingale Limit Theory and Its Application" by Hall and Heyde states the following:
If $\{S_i, \mathcal{F}_i, 1\leq i \leq n\}$ is a martingale and ...

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### Inequality for the tail of normal distribution function

Let $ Ф(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_{-\infty}^{x} e^{-t^2/2} \, dt $ be the cumulative distribution function of the standard normal distribution.
Numerical calculations suggest the following ...

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### An inequality for moments of a random variable

I'm interested in a class C of $R^1$-valued random variables $\xi$ which satisfy
an inequality of the type
$$
(1) \qquad E|\xi|^p \leq F(E|\xi|^2),
$$
where $p>2$, $F$ is a certain ...

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### Maximal inequalities for square of partial sums

Let $S_n = \sum_{i \leq n} X_i$ be the partial sums of a nice sequence of random variables $X_i$. In my application, $X_i$ is a functional of a finite-state, irreducible, aperiodic Markov chain, so ...

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### Nonstationary Markov chain maximal inequality

Let $X_i$ be a (finite-state, irreducible, aperiodic) Markov chain, not necessarily stationary. (That is, it doesn't start from the invariant distribution; I'm happy to have it be time-homogeneous if ...

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### Concentration inequalities in $\ell_{\infty}$ for sums of iid random (“nice”) functions?

I'm looking for "tail-bound-like" inequalities that look like this (I state a specific setting but more general settings are interesting):
Let $D$ be a distribution on a set of "nice" functions ...

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### Extension of the Azuma-Hoeffding inequality (when the differences are bounded with large probability)

Let $(X_i)$ be a super-martingale and suppose their differences are bounded ''with high probability'', that is
$$\mathbb{P}(\exists\,i=1,\dots,n\text{ s.t. }|X_i-X_{i-1}|>c_i) \,\leq\, \epsilon$$
...

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### Bounds for the fat tail after trimming the mean?

I am interested in the quantity $$f(X,t) = \int_t^\infty\negthinspace x\ p(x)\ dx,$$ where $p$ is a probability distribution for a positive variable $X$.
1) Does this quantity $f(X,t)$ have a name? ...

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### Optimization problem involving Multivariate Normal

I use $\phi(t)$ to describe the standard normal distribution density and $\Phi(t)$ as the normal distribution CDF and would like to prove that for all
$n\geq3$, the function:
...

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### An inequality for positive definite matrices

Let $K$ and $K^\prime$ positive definite $n \times n$ matrices, such that for all vectors $f \ge 0$ with nonnegative coordinates we have
$$\sum_{i,j} K_{ij} f_i f_j \le \sum_{ij} K^\prime_{ij} f_i ...

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### Bounds or approximations for the conditional probability of an event involving correlated random variables

Let $\tilde{\gamma_1}, \tilde{\gamma_2}, \ldots, \tilde{\gamma_N}$ be exponential random variables (RVs) that are correlated with each other. Let $\gamma_n$ be another exponential RV that is ...

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### Rosenthal like inequality for weak $\mathbb L^p$-norms

Let $p$ be a real number greater than $1$. It is well known (see Hall and Heyde's Martingale limit theory and its applications, Theorem 2.10) that there exists a constant $C_p$ such that if ...

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### Maximization of a total variation distance subject to another total variation distance in Markov chain

Suppose two dependent random variables $X$ and $V$ from finite alphabets $\mathcal{V}$ and $\mathcal{X}$ with known joint and marginal distributions are given. Let $P_{XV}$ and $P_X$ and $P_V$ are the ...

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### Maximizing Renyi entropy for a certain channel

The channel under consideration is $T = A + B$, where $A$ and $B$ take on values in $\{0, 1\}$ according to a probability mass function. Let (joint) random vector $(A_1, A_2,\ldots, A_n)$ be denoted ...

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### Deviation bound for the maximum of the norm of Wiener process

Let $W(t)$ be an $n$-dimensional Wiener process. Denote by $\chi_n^2$ a chi-squared random variable with $n$ degrees of freedom. I have recently found the following inequality given without proof:
$$
...

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### Prove or disprove $ \int_{0}^{\infty} \int_{-x}^{0} f(x)f(y)dydx > \int_{0}^{\infty} \int_{-\infty}^{-x} f(x)f(y)dydx. $

Consider a symmetric, unimodal distribution $f(x)$ such that $\int_{0}^{\infty} f(x) > 1/2$. I want to prove or disprove the following:
$$
\int_{0}^{\infty} \int_{-x}^{0} f(x)f(y)dydx > ...

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### An Entropy Inequality

Let $X,Y$ be probability measures on $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$, and set $K=\sum_i\sqrt{X(i)Y(i)}$ so that $Z:=\frac{1}{K}\sqrt{XY}$ is also a probability measure on $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$. How can we prove the ...

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### Distance between the product of marginal distributions and the joint distribution

Given a joint distribution $P(A,B,C)$, we can compute various marginal distributions. Now suppose:
\begin{align}
P1(A,B,C) &= P(A) P(B) P(C) \\
P2(A,B,C) &= P(A,B) P(C) \\
P3(A,B,C) &= ...

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### A Normal Distribution Inequality

Let $n(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} e^{-\frac{x^2}{2}}$, and $N(x) = \int_{-\infty}^x n(t)dt$. I have plotted the curves of the both sides of the following inequality. The graph shows that the following ...

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### the following inequality is true，but I can't prove it

The inequality is
\begin{equation*}
\sum_{k=1}^{2d}\left(1-\frac{1}{2d+2-k}\right)\frac{d^k}{k!}>e^d\left(1-\frac{1}{d}\right)
\end{equation*}
for all integer $d\geq 1$. I use computer to verify ...

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### Placing Bounds on Correlation/Covariance Through Correlation with an Intermediate Variable

I am trying to make the most of computations that have already been performed in previous steps of an algorithm. Throughout this problem statement I am only mentioning correlation, but I think it is ...

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### Minimizing/Maximizing the tail of the convex combinations of Chi Squared i.i.d random variables

Consider $N$ i.i.d random variables, $X_{1}, X_{2}, \ldots, X_{N}$ , that are chi-squared of degree $K \geq 2$. Also consider the following 3 vectors:
\begin{eqnarray*}
\bar{a} &=& ...

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### Inequality of Partial Taylor Series

Hi,
For a given $\theta < 1$, and $N$ a positive integer, I am trying to find an $x > 0$ (preferably the smallest such $x$) such that the following inequality holds:
$$\sum_{k=0}^{N} ...

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### Chernoff-Hoeffding bound for complex values

Consider the Chernoff-Hoeffding bound, stated as follows: Let $X_1, \dots, X_K$ be i.i.d. real-valued random variables with expectation value
$\mu$ and satisfying $|X_i| \le b$.
Let $\epsilon > 0$. ...

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### The fraction of the sphere a fixed distance from a subspace

The following problem has a beautiful geometric interpretation in terms of the proportion of points on the Euclidean sphere in $\mathbb{R}^d$ that lie at least a certain distance away from a ...

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### concentration inequality for averages of dependent random variables

Let $X \in R^n$ be a random vector such that
$$P(|X_i| > \epsilon) \le e^{-\epsilon^2}$$
What is a tight bound on
$$P(\sum_{i=1}^n |X_i| > \epsilon)$$
and on
$$P(\max_{1\le i\le n} |X_i| ...

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### Inequality involving the weak second moment

I want to ask the following probability inequality:
Is it true that for any random variable $X\ge 0$, we have
$$
\sup_{t>0}(t\mathbb E(X\mathbf 1_{X\ge t}))
\le
2\sup_{t>0}(t^2 \mathbb P(X ...

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### Approximating Moment of Sum of RVs

Given
$X_i$ are independent random variables.
$|X_i| < 1$
$E[X_i] = 0$
$X = \sum_i^n X_i$
$var(X)=\sigma$
Prove:
$$ E(X^p)^{1/p} = O(\sqrt{p}\sigma +p)$$ for all even p
Things I've tried:
...

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### A property of unimodal sequences

It is well-known that $(-1)^j \sum_{i=0}^j (-1)^i\binom{n}{i} \geq 0$. This inequality can be used to prove Bonferroni's inequalities for example. Recently I noticed that a similar inequality applies ...

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### Help prove a maximal inequality

Let $X_1,…,X_n$ are exchangeable of random variables, and $n$ is an even number.
$S_k=X_1+\dots+X_k$. $M_k=X_{n/2}+\dots+X_{n/2+k}$.
I want to prove:
$$\Pr(\max_{1 \le k \le n}{|S_k|>\epsilon}) ...

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### Probability inequalities

Hi everyone,
I am looking for some probability inequalities for sums of unbounded random variables. I would really appreciate it if anyone can provide me some thoughts.
My problem is to find an ...

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### An $L^0$ Khintchine inequality

Suppose that $\epsilon_1,\epsilon_2,\ldots$ are IID random variables with the Bernoulli distribution $\mathbb{P}(\epsilon_n=\pm1)=1/2$, and $a_1,a_2,\ldots$ is a real sequence with $\sum_na_n^2=1$. ...

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### Inequality on probability distributions

I would like to know if the following inequality is satisfied by all probability distributions (or at least some class of probability distributions) for all integer $n \geq 2$.
$\int_0^{\infty} ...

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### Statistical inequality

Let $X$ be a finite discrete variable and $X\ge0$. Is it true that
$$16\operatorname{Var}(X) \le \left[8{\mathbb E}(X) + \operatorname{Range}(X)\right]\operatorname{Range}(X)$$
where ...

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### Probability space analogue of Cauchy-Schwarz inequality

Suppose we have two sets of discrete events, $A$ and $B$. Then I think it is true that:
$$2\sum_{i \in A, j \in B}\Pr[i\ \textrm{AND}\ j] \leq \sum_{i \in A}\Pr[i]+ \sum_{j \in B}\Pr[j] +\sum_{i, j ...

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### Maximal inequality over two indices

In Freedman's series of 3 books on Markov processes, I find that I keep on running into terms like:
P[$\max_{0 \leq s \leq 1, s \leq t \leq rs}$ | B(t) - B(s) | > $\epsilon$]
in the background of ...

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### Analogues of the Golden-Thompson inequality

Are there any analogues of the Golden-Thompson Inequality for moment generating functions? The Golden-Thompson Inequality asserts the following: If $A$ and $B$ are two $n \times n$ Hermitian matrices, ...

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### Inequality involving probability measures [closed]

I have been working on a problem(alternate minimization) where I want to establish an inequality in which I am stuck.
An $\alpha$- parameterized version of the divergence(Kullback-Leibler) takes the ...

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### Inequality constraints, probability distributions, and integer partitions

I am interested in the possibility of generating probability distributions using inequality constraints. For instance assume that we have three urns with total of a 10 balls. Thus,
$a + b + c = 10$
...