The probability-distributions tag has no wiki summary.

**1**

vote

**0**answers

44 views

### Shift invariance for the distribution of quadratic polynomials

For a probability distribution $X$, supported on integers, define the shift-invariance of $X$, denoted by $shift(X)$ = total variation distance between the random variable $X$ and $X+1$.
Let ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

44 views

### Taking power of the integrand in a Riemann-Stieltjie Integral

This is a problem I am trying to solve as part of a calculation for Value-at-Risk.
Given that
$P(X<x)=F(x)=\int_{\theta}F(x|\theta)dG(\theta)=1-\alpha$,
where $F$ and $G$ are CDF's, is there a ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

151 views

### Asymptotic behavior of $X_n$ in a Dirichlet vector $(X_1, …, X_n)$

Let $(\alpha_k)$ be a sequence of positive numbers and let $(Y_k)$ be a sequence of independent random variables $Y_k \sim \text{Gamma}(\alpha_k,1)$. Set $X_n=\dfrac{Y_n}{\sum_{i=1}^nY_i}$.
(edit) ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

191 views

### Inequality with CDF of order statistics

here is a problem I have been struggling with for a while now. This is for a paper I am working on. Any help would be appreciated! Here we go:
Each bidder's valuation $\theta _{i},$ $i=1,...,N$, is ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

353 views

### Weak convergence of random measures

Let $\mu_n,n\in \mathbb N$ be a random probability measures and let $\mu$ be a deterministic probability measure on $\mathbb R$. That is to say, that the $\mu_n$ are measurable maps from a probability ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

87 views

### Rate of Convergence of Compound Poisson Laws to Infinitely Divisible Laws

It is known that every infinitely divisible random variable is the limit in law of a sequence of compound Poisson random variables (see for instance Theorem 1.2.18 of Lévy Processes and Stochastic ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

67 views

### Numerical approximation to the Wasserstein metric?

Are there numerical methods for approximating/calculating the Wasserstein metric in particular cases?
Suppose that $f$ and $g$ are two density functions with the same support. How can I calculate the ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

43 views

### Error for the convergence by distribution

A sequence of random variables $X_n$ converges in distribution to $X$, if there is pointwise convergence of its characteristic functions, i.e. $\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\phi_{X_n}(\lambda) = ...

**0**

votes

**3**answers

195 views

### An inequality based on expectation of continuous random variables

I am trying to prove the following statement:
$$
E[g(X)] E[X^2g(X)]\ge E[Xg(X)] E[Xg(X)]
$$
where $X$ is a random variable, $E[\cdot]$ denotes the expectation operator with respect to ...

**5**

votes

**3**answers

121 views

### Random partitions with prescribed pairwise membership probabilities

Let $(p_{ij}) \in [0,1]^{n \times n}$ be a given symmetric matrix, with $1$ on the diagonal. Suppose $\pi$ is a partition of $[n]=\{1,\dots,n\}$ and let us write $i \stackrel{\pi}{\sim} j$ if $i$ and ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

217 views

### Convergence in the Wasserstein metric and the square root function

Let $f$ be a smooth probability distribution on the unit square $S$ such that $f(x)>0$ on $S$. Let $\{g_i\}$ be a sequence of smooth probability distributions such that $g_i(x)>0$ on $S$ as ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

41 views

### A curious example envolving moment's convergence

Let $\{X_n\}$ be a random variable sequence and $X\sim N(0,\sigma)$. In general, the convergence $E(X_n^k) \stackrel{n}{\longrightarrow}E(X^k)$ doesn't implie that $E(X_n^{k+1}) ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

44 views

### Sensitivity of inverse normal cdf

Let $Q^{-1}$ be the inverse function of a standard normal CDF. For $0 < \epsilon < p,p' < 1 - \epsilon$, how much does the function $Q^{-1}$ change as a function of $|p - p'|$? Any useful ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

133 views

### 1-wasserstein distance v.s. total variation distance

Suppose that $\mu_1$ and $\mu_2$ are two distributions defined on $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $\gamma$ is a symmetric distribution (around $0$) on $\mathbb{R}^n$ with compact support. Let $\gamma_x$ denote the ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

133 views

### Discrete Maximum Entropy Distribution with given mean

For a given mean $\mu$, what is the entropy maximizing probability distribution on the nonnegative integers?
Different sources indicated either the geometric or the Poisson distribution for this. As ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

218 views

### Book on Convergence Concepts in Probability without Measure Theory [closed]

I am looking for a comprehensive book on Probability which discusses Convergence of Random Variables in detail, excluding portions of Measure Theory. Allan Gut's "Probability: A Graduate Course" seems ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

110 views

### Generating random variables from the Cantor Distribution [closed]

I am looking for a method (exact, if possible, but at least asymptotically correct) for generating random variates from a Cantor Distribution? It seems like its abstract definition prevents this. In ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

70 views

### convergence in distribution and convergence of moments

Suppose that the sequence of r.v $\{X_{n}\}_{n\geq 1}$ has all the moments, and $X_{n}\stackrel{D}{\longrightarrow}X\sim N(0,\sigma)$. Assume that $E\left\{(X_{n})^{K}\right\} ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

84 views

### Sampling point uniformly at random satisfying equality constraints

First of all, I apologize in advance if the question has already been asked in some way on this site and/or if there is a widely known solution to this problem.
The description of my problem is ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

98 views

### Do constrained random walks converge weakly to the Wiener measure on the space of constrained paths (that corresponds to the heat equation)?

Let $U$ be an open subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ such that
$\partial \overline{U}$, the boundary of $\overline{U}$ is ''nice''
(for simplicity you can assume piecewise smooth). I also want to allow the ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

178 views

### Probability question involving drawing balls from an urn

Suppose there's an urn containing $r$ red balls and $b$ blue balls. At each trial, I'm drawing a ball at random from the urn, without replacement. Let $R$ denote the event of drawing a red ball, and ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

110 views

### Multiple Bipartite graphs and matchings

I've been told recently that it's better i just for help regarding my 'specific' problem rather than lots of little questions around the same topic which appear somewhat unclear. I would first like to ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

98 views

### Under what conditions do time averages of ergodic transformations satisfy a central limit theorem?

Let $(X, \mu)$ be a probability space and $T:X\rightarrow X $ an ergodic transformation, i.e. $T$ is measure preserving and the only $T$ invariant subspaces have either measure $0$ or measure $1$ ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

127 views

### Does bounding moments make distributions close in total variation distance?

Let $W\sim\mathcal{N}(0,\sigma^2)$ be a "reference" Gaussian random variable.
Suppose I have a set of distributions, $\mathcal{W}$, where $W_a\in\mathcal{W}$ if it satisfies the following criteria:
...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

116 views

### Is it possible to improve the order of convergence of averages of random variables if they are not identically distributed?

Let $X_n$ be a sequence of independent random variables (but not necessarily identically distributed)
taking values in $[-1,1]$ that have the following property:
1) The average $A_n := \frac{(X_1+ ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

102 views

### Deriving Newtonian capacity of sphere from Brownian motion

We have the following result by Spitzer (see (1) or Port)
$lim_{t\to \infty}\frac{1}{t}\int_{\mathbb{R}^{n}/B_{r_{0}}}P_{x}(T_{B_{r_{0}}}<t)dx=Cap(B_{r_{0}})=\frac{r_{0}}{4\pi}$
By Chuancun and ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

195 views

### PDF of the product of normal and Cauchy distributions

I am having trouble in finding out the resulting PDF of the product of normal and Cauchy distributions. It turns out that we have a general formula for calculating the PDF of product of two random ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

149 views

### distribution discretization

Let $\mu$ be a distribution on $\mathbb{R}^n$. We partition $\mathbb{R}^n$ into small cubes congruent with $[0,\delta)^n$, parallel to the axes. In each cube, pick a point $x$ (for instance, the ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

71 views

### Hitting probability of semiball

For fixed x and hemisphere H of radius r and centered at the origin, I wonder what is $P_{x}(T_{H}<\infty)$.
Attempt
Firstly, I wonder if there is any relation between $P_{x}(T_{H}<N)$ and ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

28 views

### Density of $\int_{B}\frac{|1-|B_{T}|^{2}|}{|y-B_{T}|^{3}}dS(y)$

For $B\subset \partial B(0,1)))$ and random variable $B_{T}\in Int(B(0,1))$ with density $p_{T}$, is there a density for
$\int_{B}\frac{|1-|B_{T}|^{2}|}{|y-B_{T}|^{3}}dS(y)$?
Context
The original ...

**7**

votes

**4**answers

324 views

### Gaussian distributions as fixed points in Some distribution space

I'm taking a course on topology and probabily. Today, the professor remarked something along the lines of:
If you look at the space of probability distributions with $0$ mean and variance $1$, ...

**0**

votes

**2**answers

114 views

### What are some examples of isotrophic sets?

What are some examples of isotrophic sets? and is there a "good" way to describe them?
Isotrophic meaning that a random vector X uniformly distributed in the set has the isotrophic property for all ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

202 views

### Properties of a finite random walk

Consider the simplest random walk - $X_0 = 0$ and from there on (i.i.d), $X_i=X_{i-1}+1$ with probability $p$ or $X_{i-1}-1$ otherwise.
Let $Y_N$ be the highest point $X$ have reached on the first ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

140 views

### How to show that two linear combinations of Bernoulli random variables have jointly Gaussian distribution (and more)

Let $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ be independent Bernoulli random variables such that $\mathbb{P}(X_i=\pm 1)=1/2$ and consider two collections of real numbers $a_1,\ldots,a_n, b_1,\ldots, b_n$. For the moment let ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

109 views

### Speed of Approach to Invariant Measure

Let $X_t$ represent a continuous-time Markov process on $\mathbb{R}^d$, say a diffusion with locally Lipschitz coefficients. Suppose that there exists a unique invariant measure $\mu$ on the space, ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

122 views

### A natural sum over multisets (expectation over multinomial)

I think this is a natural question but am not sure where to find resources.
Consider the possible multisets arising from choosing $n$ times an item from one of $k$ categories. We can represent one ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

77 views

### Property of relative entropy [closed]

For $X$ a measurable space and $P,Q$ two probability measure on $X$ s.t. $Q$ is absolutely continuous with respect to $P$, the relative entropy is defined as
$$D(Q\|P)=\int_X ...

**-1**

votes

**1**answer

124 views

### Property of relative entropy [closed]

For $X$ a measurable space and $P,Q$ two probability measures on $X$ s.t. $Q$ is absolutely continuous with respect to $P$, the relative entropy is defined as
$$D(Q\|P)=\int_X \log(\frac{dQ}{dP})dQ,$$
...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

62 views

### Computation on Random Bipartite graphs

I'm looking at a random bipartite graph $K_{\omega(n)}*K_{\omega(n)}$ where $\mathrm{log}(n)\leq \omega(n) \leq n^{1/2}$, in which each of the $\omega(n)^{2}$ edges is placed randomly with probability ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

53 views

### A series with long-tailed terms

Let's consider the following series:
$$
\zeta = \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} a_k \xi_k,
$$
where the sum is understood as the limit in $L_2(\Omega)$, $a_k \in \mathbb{R}$,
$\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} a_k^2< ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

137 views

### Geometric interpretation of the average of two independent Cauchy distributions

Let me state two facts:
(1) It is well known that if one takes a point uniformly distributed on the unit circle, and then takes it stereographic projection, the corresponding measure induced on the ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

163 views

### Probability question involving simulations of picking balls from a bag

I’m working on a chemistry problem, which essentially translates to finding the answer to a related probability problem. However, my knowledge in probability is very limited and I'd be grateful if ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

79 views

### Distribution of the $\alpha$-parameter of a $2\times 2$ Haar-distributed, unitary matrix

It is well known that any $2\times 2$ unitary matrix $\mathbf{U}$ can be parametrized as
$$\mathbf{U}=\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & \mathrm{e}^{\mathrm{j}\beta_1}\end{pmatrix} \begin{pmatrix} ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

371 views

### lower-bound for $Pr[X\geq EX]$

Given n random variables, $X_1, ..., X_n$, each takes value 0 or $a_i \in[0, 1]$. $X = \sum_{i=1}^n X_i$ and $EX \geq 1$ is the expected value of $X$. Can we get a lower-bound for $Pr[X \geq EX]$? It ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

167 views

### A note on Doob's theorem

I have faced the following problem, regarding to the Martingale Theory. Because this area far from my area I don't know whether this problem is in literature or this can be simple question for ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

376 views

### Algorithm to produce random number with a gamma distribution

I'd like to produce pseudo-random numbers with different distributions for a Monte Carlo simulation.
I've got the poisson distribution working nicely with an algorithm from Knuth. I'm having trouble ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

92 views

### Expectation of exp(-1/(ax^2)) when x is a standard normal variable and a>0 is a parameter [closed]

I would like to know if the mean value of $\exp(-1/(ax^2)) $ when $x \sim N(0,1)$ and $a>0$ is a parameter is known.

**0**

votes

**1**answer

194 views

### Probability of the maximum of a throw of an infinite number of $n$-sided dice being $k$ [closed]

Let $X$ be the random variable obtained as the maximum of a throw of $m$ dice (each of which is $n$-sided). In other words, $X = \max\{l_1,\cdots, l_m\}$ where $l_i$ can take any value between $1$ and ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

72 views

### A 1-D random variable from a random distribution

I have a random variable $X$ that is drawn from the pdf
$$
f(x; \mu, \sigma, \sigma_{\mu}, \sigma_{\sigma}) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{1}{|\hat{\sigma}|\sqrt{2\pi }} ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

249 views

### 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, ...