Theory and applications of probability and stochastic processes: e.g. central limit theorems, large deviations, stochastic differential equations, models from statistical mechanics, queuing theory.

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Independent and Dependent Variables [on hold]

Hi guys i have a question regarding independent and dependent variables. Provide an example that shows the variance of the sum of two random variables is not necessarily equal to the sum of their ...
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A moment problem

Suppose $X, Y$ are two positive random variables such that $\mathbb{E}[X^\alpha] = \mathbb{E}[Y^\alpha]$ for all $\alpha \in (0, 1/2)$. It is also known that the first moment exists for each of them, ...
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A variant of random walk

Standard random walk assumes a sequence of iid RVs $\{X_i\}_{i\geq 0}$ and studied the distribution of $S_n=\sum_{i=0}^n X_i$. Here, I am wondering whether there is some work on $T_n=\sum_{i=0}^n ...
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Self-avoiding random walks that always turn

I am wondering if the statistics of self-avoiding random lattice-walks on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ that turn left or right at each step (i.e., they cannot continue the direction of the preceding step) have been ...
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Bounding correlation between blocks of Gaussian stationary process

Let $X_n$ be a stationary Gaussian process with covariance function $\gamma(n)=\mathrm{Cov}[X(n),X(0)]$. Let $\mathbf{X}_p^q=(X_p,\ldots,X_q)$, $s_n^2=\mathrm{Var}(X_1+\ldots+X_n)$, and ...
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Primes as uncorrelated random variables [on hold]

The heuristic justification section of the Wikipedia article about Goldbach's conjecture says that the argument that suggests that the number of twin primes below $x$ should be roughly ...
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Quadratic variation and predictable quadratic variation for martingales

Let $(M_{t})_{0\le t\le 1}$ be a continuous martingale with respect to the filtration $(\mathcal{F}_{t})_{0\le t\le 1}$. Fix $N$ and consider now a discrete version of this martingale, i.e., the ...
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Rate of convergence in the Law of Large Numbers

I'm working on a problem where I need information on the size of $E_n=|S_n-n\mu|$, where $S_n=X_1+\ldots+X_n$ is a sum of i.i.d. random variables and $\mu=\mathbb EX_1$. For this to make sense, the ...
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When has the Borel-Cantelli heuristic been wrong?

The Borel-Cantelli lemma is very frequently used to give a heuristic for whether or not certain statements in number theory are true. For example, it gives some evidence that there are finitely many ...
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Push-forward of sum of two maps

Let $X=R^n$ and $Y=R^m$ are two Euclidean spaces with $m<n$. Let $\varphi$ and $\phi$ are two (smooth) maps from $X$ to $Y$ and $\mu$ is a probability measure on $X$. Is there any relationship ...
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Area enclosed by Brownian motion (without winding number)

The question Average Value of Area Closed by Brownian Motion turned out to be about the Lévy area process, which measures "signed area with multiplicity" enclosed by Brownian motion (e.g. each ...
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Is there a Degenerate Dependency Local Lemma?

The Lovasz Local Lemma has several generalizations, with names usually starting with L, such as Lopsided or Lefthanded. Here I ask whether another possible generalization (for which I could not yet ...
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A Generalized Version of Maximal Correlation and Hypercontractivity of Conditional Expectation Operator

Given a pair of random variables $(X,Y)$ over a product space $\mathcal{X}\times \mathcal{Y}$, the maximal correlation coefficient is defined as ...
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Samuel Karlin's problem: Probability of positive solution to system of random linear equations

I came to know this problem from Dr. W. Bryc's slides (at University of Cincinnati), and I have been continually working on this problem for almost 5 days using different techniques. But I am only ...
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Bounds on number of distinct substrings

I have a table with $r$ rows of length $\ell$, with each cell containing a letter from an alphabet $A$ of length $a$. I'm trying to determine the expected number of distinct strings of length $k$ ...
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Mixture with varying concentrations

Let $(\Omega ,\mathcal F, \mathbb P)$ be a probability space and suppose $$\mathbb P(X \in A) = H(A) = \prod _{i=1}^m H_i(A),\quad \forall A\in \mathcal F$$ be a distribution of a random vector $X = ...
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A mix between the Horvitz-Thompson and ordinary estimator

I have two samples: unbiased $X$ with $N_1$ elements and biased $Y$ with $N_2$ elements from some distribution (let it be F = ChiDistribution(1) if needed, $N_1=N_2=50$). Elements of $Y$ are picked ...
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Is there an analytic solution for this partial differential equation?

The Fokker-Planck equation for a probability distribution $P(\theta,t)$: \begin{align} \frac{\partial P(\theta,t)}{\partial ...
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Higher Moments, what are they good for? [closed]

Absolutely nothing? And now seriously - When I studied the basics of probability theory, and even in more advanced topics (random walks, stochastic processes, etc.), I always felt that the mean and ...
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Hitting probabilities for conditioned oriented random walk monotonic?

Consider an oriented random walk on $\mathbb Z^2$ (i.e. only steps $\rightarrow$ and $\uparrow$ with equal probability.) Say we let the walk go $2m$ steps then start guessing sites at distance $2m$ ...
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Probability that Random walkers meet [closed]

I was wondering about a question about Random Walks. I came across various papers where the probability of 2 random walkers in 1 dimension and 2 dimension starting at the same point and returning to ...
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Criterion for weak convergence of probability measures on S' or D'

Let $X_n$ in $S'$ and $\mu_n$, $\mu$ in $M(S')$. $S'$ is the space of tempered distributions. I'm looking for a reference that says if $< f, X_n >$ converges in distribution to $< f,X>$ ...
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Probability: Shouldn't the only two possible outcomes add up to a probability of 1? [closed]

I am learning the basics of probability as a part of the "Concepts of Intelligent Technologies" module at my university. While reading our study book, Artificial Intelligence (Negnevitsky, 2011), I ...
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Expected value Gaussian distribution [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a way to solve this equation, I'm kinda lost here. Could anyone point me in the right direction, please ? The equation is \begin{equation} \sum_{i=1}^N x_i e^{-d(x_i,D)^2} = ...
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Implication of MGF inequality

Let X and Y be two random variables. Denote by $F_X(x)$ and $F_Y(y)$ their CDFs and by $M_X(t)$ and $M_Y(t)$ their MGFs. It is known that X and Y have the same CDF iff they have the same MGF. My ...
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Do all positive distributions on $N$ variables factor pairwise?

The Hammersley-Clifford theorem says that any positive probability distribution satisfies one of the Markov properties with respect to an undirected graph G if and only if its density can be ...
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a question on 0-1 valued stochastic process

Here's a question on probability theory from a layman (I'm a game theorist). It is very likely that the question will be a straightforward matter for someone who is a probability theorist. I guess I'm ...
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Elementary function relative to erf

The modified Bessel function of the 1st kind $I_0$ is defined by $$ I_0(z)=\frac1\pi\int_0^{2\pi}e^{z\cos\theta}\,d\theta $$ and arises, among other places, in the probability density function of a ...
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Transitivity of balanced mass transport in Z

Given two atomic measures $\mu$ and $\nu$ on $\mathbb{Z}$, write $\mu \sim \nu$ iff there exist countable decompositions $\mu = \mu_1 + \mu_2 + \cdots$ and $\nu = \nu_1 + \nu_2 + \cdots$ along with ...
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Variant of Skorokhod's theorem

Consider the following situation: $S, T$ are standard Borel spaces (say $S = [0,1]^k$, $T = [0,1]$ if it is helpful). There is a a random variable $\zeta: \Omega \to S$. $f_n(\zeta) \to^d \eta$, ...
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Smallest Singular Value of a Random Matrix with Dependent Entries

Overview I am trying to bound from below the smallest singular value $\sigma_{n}$ of a sequence of symmetric $n$ by $n$ random matrices $M_{n}$ with dependant entries. In particular, I would like to ...
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Weak convergence of probability measures on weak versus strong dual

The space of temperate distributions $S'(\mathbb{R}^d)$ is often equipped with the weak-$\ast$ or with the strong topology. When defining the notion of a probability measure on $S'(\mathbb{R}^d)$, ...
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Squaring random Schwartz distributions

Let $\mu$ denote the centered Gaussian measure on $S'(\mathbb{R}^d)$ with covariance $$ \mathbb{E} [\phi(f)\phi(g)]=\int_{\mathbb{R}^d} \frac{\overline{\widehat{f}(\xi)} ...
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Tail sigma-algebra of a branching random walk

I am looking for any known results about the tail sigma-algebra of a branching random walk. To be specific, let $T$ be the nodes of an infinite binary tree rooted at $r \in T$. Let $\{X_t\})_{t \in ...
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Estimating the distribution of minimal hamming distances within a set of strings?

Is their an efficient mathematical way to estimate the distribution of minimal hamming distances for a set of random strings of length 8 over a 4-letter alphabet? E.g. given a set of 100-10,000 ...
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The power of two random choices with pairwise independence

Throw $n$ balls into $n$ bins, and let $X_n$ be the max load. That is the number of balls in the fullest bin. It is known that if the balls are thrown uniformly and independently at random then ...
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Probability Content of a random ball in R^n

As a follow up to this question, concerning this paper: Given random variables $X_1,\ldots,X_N,X_q:\Omega\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^d$, where $X_1,\ldots,X_N$ are independent and identical distributed. ...
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Transitive closure of balanced mass transport in Z (move to close)

Given two atomic measures $\mu$ and $\nu$ on $\mathbb{Z}$, write $\mu \sim \nu$ iff there exist countable decompositions $\mu = \mu_1 + \mu_2 + \cdots$ and $\nu = \nu_1 + \nu_2 + \cdots$ along with ...
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Natural probability on integers

This is a follow-up to this classical question asked recently here: we know (e.g. using the second Borel-Cantelli Lemma) that no probability measure on $\mathbb{Z}$ has the property that $n\mathbb{Z}$ ...
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Upper bound involving random orthogonal projection

Let $R$ be an $n\times N$ random matrix with i.i.d. standard Gaussian entries, $n<N$, and let $M:=(RR^T)^{-1/2}R$. Let $u,v\in \mathbb{R}^N$ non-random and s.t. $u^Tv=0$ and $\|u\|>\|v\|$. I ...
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Moment problem for discrete distributions

Let $x_1, \dots, x_N \in \mathbb R$ and consider the discrete distribution $\mu := \frac{1}{N} \sum_{i=1}^N \delta_{x_i}$, where $\delta_x$ denotes the Dirac measure, i.e. for any measurable set $B ...
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Existence of a “quasi-uniform” probablility distribution on $\mathbb{Z}$

Does there exist a probability distribution on $\mathbb{Z}$ such that for every integer $n\geq 1$, the probability that a random integer $x$ is divisible by $n$ equals $1/n$? Henry Cohn has an ...
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If $(X_n+Y_n)$ has bounded variance, is the same true for $(X_n)$ and $(Y_n)$? [closed]

let $(X_n)$ and $(Y_n)$ be two sequences of random variables defined on the same probability space such that the variance of all components $X_n$, $Y_n$ is finite and the sequence of variances of ...
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Does the expected spreading of sample paths imply increase in variance?

Consider a sample-continuous stochastic process $\left\{ X_t \right\}_{t \in T}$ s.t. each $X_t$ is real-valued and $$\int_\Omega | X_t(\omega) | ^p \, \mathrm{d} P(\omega)< \infty$$ for all $1 ...
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Projective family of probability spaces

This is a crosspost of this question from MSE. I'm confused about the definition of a projective family of probability spaces $(S_t,\mathscr S _t,\mu_t,f_{ts})_{s,t\in T}$. The conditions ...
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Converse for Levy's continuity theorem

Levy's continuity theorem states that, for a sequence of random variables $\{X_n\}$ with characteristic functions $\{\varphi_n(t)\}$ and a random variable $X$ with a characteristic function ...
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Rate of convergence of Bayesian posterior

Suppose a data generating process (DGP) is parameterized by some unknown parameter $\theta_0$, say $P_{\theta_0}$, and we want to estimate the value of $\theta_0$ using Bayesian method. Let ...
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Finding joint probability from double marginals

Consider three probability distributions in the form $p_1(y,z),p_2(x,z),p_3(x,y)$. When does a global joint probability $p(x,y,z)$ (possibly not unique) exist? The first compatibility condition to ...
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Concentration of measure for uniform distribution on Stiefel manifolds

This is my first post on MO, so I hope the question is suitable. I am looking at the uniform distribution on the Stiefel manifold, but more specifically, at the uniform distribution on the ...
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Average probability that a random cosine polynomial with bernoulli coefficients is small

Let $P_{n}(t)=\sum_{k=0}^{n}\varepsilon_{k}\cos(kt)$ where $\varepsilon_{i}$ are independent random variables taking values in $\left\{-1,1\right\}$ with equal probability. Is is true that for any ...