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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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
$\int_{B}\frac{|1-|B_{T}|^{2}|}{|y-B_{T}|^{3}}dS(y)$?
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The original ...

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### 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 $1$, ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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, ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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
$$D(Q\|P)=\int_X \log(\frac{dQ}{dP})dQ,$$
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### 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 ...

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### 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< ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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} ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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 ...

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### 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.

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### 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 ...

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### 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 }} ...

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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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### Monotonicity of a function of order statistics with respect to the sample size

There are $n$ ($n \ge 3$) independent random variables $\{ {c_i}\} _{i = 1}^n$ identically drawn on the interval $[\underline c,\bar c]$ ($\underline c>0$), with cdf $F(\cdot)$ and pdf $f(\cdot)$, ...

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### Summability of ratios of moments a weight

Recently, I encounter the following problem:
Let $w$ be a probability density on $[0,1]$. Let mk be the $k$-th moment, i.e.,
$$m_k=\int_0^1t^kw(t)dt.$$
Under what condition can we have
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### Inversion of Fourier transform of a multivariate gamma distribution in polar form?

Let $\mathbb{S}^{N-1}$ be the unit sphere in $\mathbb{R}^N$ under the Euclidean norm $||\cdot||$. Let $\mu$ be an infinitely divisible Borel measure. If there exists a finite measure $\alpha$ on ...

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### Mean and variance of a general multivariate skew normal distribution

I have a problem about a general multivariate skew normal distribution. There is a $p\times 1$ vector, $\mathbf{y}=(\mathbf{y}_1',\mathbf{y}_2',\ldots,\mathbf{y}_n')',p>n$, which has the density as
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### Is it possible to construct any random variable on the Euclidean Probability space?

Let $(\Omega,\mathscr A,P)$ be an arbitrary probability space,
and let $X:\Omega\to\mathbb R$ be a random variable.
Then,
one can generate a random variable $Y$ from the probability space ...

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### Entropy on a draw from a random distribution.

Suppose I am attempting to calculate the entropy of a continuous, normally distributed random variable $X$, from the distribution $\mathcal{N}(\mu, \sigma)$. This is easy to to do - I just calculate
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### Beta distribution - changes in multiple time points

Let's say I have a set of daily data (assume iid) that I know is beta distributed (between 0 and 1). I can estimate the parameters of the distribution and calculate the tails etc. This would tell me ...

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### Two matrix Fisher distributions on SO(3)?

After the uniform distribution (normalized Haar measure), the matrix Fisher distribution seems to be the most popular probability distribution on the Lie group SO(3). The density is proportional to ...

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### Family of (Cumulative Distribution) Functions

I'm looking for a 2 (or more)-parameter family of functions $F$ with the following properties:
For each $f \in F$, $f(0)=0$, $f(1)=1$, and $f$ is (weakly) increasing.
$F$ is closed under products.
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### Behavior of the integral of products of probability densities

Assume $z \in \mathbb{R}^m$ and $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$. Assume we have proper density function $P(z)$ and proper conditional density function $P(x|z)$. We give the definition
$$
T(x_1,\ldots,x_n) := ...

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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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### A special class of random variables

I'm interested in classes C of $R^1$-valued random variables which possess the following properties:
1) the sum of two independent random variables from class C belongs to class C;
2) for any ...

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### Maximizing the “uniformity” of a probability measure, with constraints, via path length minimization

Background
I want to find a probability measure for a continuous random variable, subject to moment constraints, that is maximally "uniform", as defined below:
Definition: Maximally Uniform ...

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### How to check if a symmetric random variables is the difference of two iid symmetric random variables

I have the continuous symmetric random variable $X$ in $\mathbb{R}$. If I know its distribution function $F(x)$ what are the conditions on $F(x)$ so that $X=Y_1 - Y_2$ where $Y_i$ are also iid ...

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### An interesting calculation of derivative

I was trying to get the probability distribution $p(n)$ from a generating function $G(s)$ like this:
$G(s) = e^{a(s-1)^2}=\sum s^np(n)$
I need first to do Maclaurin expansion of the exponential and ...

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### Estimating the Variance of a Discrete Normal Distribution

Let $f(x; \sigma) = \frac{1}{\sigma\sqrt{2\pi}}\cdot e^{-\frac{x^2}{2\sigma^2}}$ be the probability density function of a normal distribution $\mathcal{N}(0, \sigma^2)$. We consider a discrete normal ...

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### Measure concentration for law of large numbers

The classical law of large numbers states that
$$\frac1k\sum_{i=1}^k X_i \rightarrow \mathbb{E} X_1$$
for i.i.d. $X_1, X_2, \ldots$ with finite $L^1$ norm.
I was wondering whether is it possible to ...

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### Residual lifetime of heavy-tailed random variable

The residual life time distribution of a random variable $X$ with distribution function $F$ is given by the formula
\begin{equation}R(t)=P[X_\text{res}\leq t] = ...

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### Dominating Poisson with parameter depending on a Bernoulli

Fix $\mu >0$ and take $\lambda \geq 0$. Let $B_p \sim \text{Ber}(p)$ with $p = \exp(-\mu - \frac{\lambda}2) $. Define the random variable $Y$ which is Poisson with parameter depending on the value ...

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### Distribution of dropped objects

Consider small perfectly elastic spheres being dropped from a fixed height in R^3, bouncing and coming to rest on the horizontal R^2. Assuming a reasonable distribution of minor perturbations of the ...

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### Brownian motion of every point in the plane

Suppose every point in the plane undergoes brownian motion for a time t. What is the probability n particles ended up at 0? For n finite, countable or uncountable?
What proportion of the plane does ...

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### Quantile as solution to minimization problem

I posted this on Math Stack Exchange, but since I got no response, I'm trying my luck here. I'm studying basics of quantile regression now and I have trouble proving that $\tau-$th quantile of ...

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### Double Markovity

Suppose we have a double Markov relation for three random variables $X$, $Y$ and $W$ as follows
$$X\to W\to Y,$$ and $$X\to Y\to W.$$
How to prove that there exist functions $f$ and $g$ such that
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### Variance Gamma Distribution and Process

I have read that a variance gamma process $X_t=\theta G_t+\sigma W_{G_t}$ is such that $X_1\sim Variance Gamma(\theta,\sigma,\nu)$ but the variance gamma distribution has 4 parameters: $\mu$, ...

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### Approximate Moment Conditions

It is known in classical probability that if two random variables $X$ and $Y$ obeys
$$\mathbb{E} X^k = \mathbb{E}Y^k, \ \forall \ k \geq 1$$
with additional condition that $\mathbb{E}X^k$ does not ...