In probability and statistics, a probability distribution assigns a probability to each measurable subset of the possible outcomes of a random experiment, survey, or procedure of statistical inference.

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Number of intervals needed to cross, Brownian motion

Let $B_t$ be a standard Brownian motion. Let $E_{j, n}$ denote the event$$\left\{B_t = 0 \text{ for some }{{j-1}\over{2^n}} \le t \le {j\over{2^n}}\right\},$$and let$$K_n = \sum_{j = 2^n + 1}^{2^{2n}} ...
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Order statistics of the diagonal terms of an inverse Wishart matrix

I have a question about the inverse Wishart matrix. In my understanding, consider $\mathbf H$ is a $n\times n$ matrix with each elements are complex Gaussian with zero mean unit variance. Then ...
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If $X∼F_1$, $Y∼F_2$, under what conditions on $F_1$, $F_2$ can we construct $Y=E(X\mid\mathscr{G})$ for some $\mathscr{G}$?

Suppose that we have distributions $F_1 $ and $F_2$. Under what conditions on $F_1,F_2$ is it possible to construct random variables $X\sim F_1,Y\sim F_2$ such that $Y=E(X|\mathscr{G})$, that is, $Y$ ...
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For which $r > 0$ is it the case with probability one, for all $n$ sufficiently large $M_n \le r\sqrt{\log n}$?

Let $B_t$ be a standard Brownian motion. Let$$M_n = \max\{|B_t - B_{n-1}| : n - 1 \le t \le n\}.$$For which $r > 0$ is it the case with probability one, for all $n$ sufficiently large$$M_n \le ...
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Discrete random walk with uniformly distributed transition p, set initially

I've been working on a discrete version of the "unreliable friend" distribution. It would seem that what I've come up with is equivalent to the following random walk: Choose $p$ from $U(0,1)$ Start ...
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Non-normality of limit of random variables

I have encounter the following difficulty in the study of limits of random variables. Assume that $\{X_n\}_{n\geq 1}$ is a sequence of real-valued random variables such that ...
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Construct a sequence of i.i.d random variables with a given distribution function, diagonalization? [closed]

Assume we have a sequence of i.i.d. random variables $X_1, X_2, \dots,$ on a probability space $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, P)$ with$$P(X_n = 1) = P(X_n = -1) = {1\over2}.$$Given a distribution function ...
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Weak convergence of random variables in $L^2$ and vague convergence

Dumb question: Let $X_n:\Omega \to \mathbf{R}$ be a sequence of $L^2(\Omega,\Sigma,\mathbf{P})$ random variables that has a weak limit $X$ in $L^2$. Suppose also that $\mu_n$, the distributions of ...
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Joint cumulants of $Z_2^n$ characters

Let $f_{c}:Z_2^n \rightarrow \{-1,1\}$ be the character defined as $f_c(x) = (-1)^{<x,c>}$, where $c,x \in Z_2^n$. It is easy to see that since $f_{c_1}\cdot\ldots\cdot f_{c_k} = f_{c_1 \oplus ...
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Normal approximation of tail probability in binomial distribution

My problem: From the Berry--Esseen theorem I know, that $$\sup_{x\in\mathbb R}|P(B_n \le x)-\Phi(x)|=O\left(\frac 1{\sqrt n}\right),$$ where $B_n$ has the standardized binomial distribution and $\Phi$ ...
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splitting exponential random variable into independent components

$X$ follows Exponential $(\lambda)$. Can we split $X$ into two independent r.v.'s, i.e., do there exist functions $g$ and $h$ such that $g(X)$ and $h(X)$ are independent for any fixed $\lambda$? ...
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Estimating entropy conditional to an event

Take for example the measure $\mu(n)=n^2$ on $\{1, \ldots, N\}$ and a random variable $X$ distributed according to the probability obtained by normalizing $\mu$. Does there exists a constant ...
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Reference request for a result regarding density of induced probability measure under a submersion

Let $\pi: M \to N$ be a smooth submersion from a bounded open subset of $\mathbb{R}^m$ onto $ N \subset \mathbb{R}^n$, $m \geq n$. Further, let $M$ be given a probability measure $\mu$. Then the map ...
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Zeta zeros standard normal distribution about $\vartheta (\gamma_n)$

Asked at MSE here without response. I realise that this resembles Odlyzko's famous nearest neighbours plot, and was wondering whether this is simply a manifestation of the same phenomenon. That ...
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Is this probability distribution studied in literature?

Let $\theta_1,\theta_2,\theta_3$ be 3 non-negative random variables such that $\theta_1+\theta_2+\theta_3=1$ with the joint probability distribution \begin{align} ...
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What is the Blumenthal-Getoor index of Student's distributions?

For infinitely divisible random variables, Blumenthal and Getoor introduced in [1] an index that allow to study for instance the local Hölder regularity of Lévy processes. For an infinitely divisible ...
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The Levy measure of the compound Poisson distribution

The compound Poisson distribution is defined as(see Levy processes and infinitely divisible distributions page: 18): Let $c>0$ and $\sigma$ be a measure on $\mathbb{R}$ with $\sigma(\{0\})=0$, a ...
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Conditions for Mellin inversion

Under which conditions is the function $$ g(s)=a^{c(s-1)}\Gamma(s),\qquad a>0,c\in \mathbb{R} $$ the Mellin transform of a probability density function $f$? If $c=-1$, then $f$ is the exponential ...
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Log-concave distributions: Weighted sum of pdfs

Assuming $f_n(\cdot)$ is a log concave function (e.g., pdf of Gaussian distribution) and $0\le q_n\le 1$ for all $n\le N$, I am trying to find conditions under which the following holds ...
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Interpolating a polynomial when we permute part of $y_i$'s

Let $\vec{x}=[x_1,...,x_n]$ be elements of field $\mathbb{Z}_p$, where $p$ is a large prime. $x_i \neq x_j$, $x_i \in \mathbb{Z}_p$. Note $x_i$ values are NOT picked uniformly random and they are ...
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Orthogonal polynomials with respect to the lognormal distribution

I am currently doing some inspection on the orthogonal polynomials with respect to the lognormal distribution. Does anyone already work on that or know some cool references? All the best, Pierre-O.
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Quotient of cumulative binomial distribution functions

Given to integers $n < m \in \mathbb{N}_0$ and a probability $p$, I'm struggling to calculate (or at least get an upper bound for) the quotient $$Q = \frac{F(n+1;m,p)}{F(n;m,p)}$$ where $F$ denotes ...
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when does elementwise-log preserve positive-semidefiniteness?

Let $Z$ be a positive semidefinite matrix with nonnegative entries, and define $X=\log(1+Z)$, where the $\log$ is taken entrywise, i.e., $X_{ij}=\log(1+Z_{ij})$. Are there some simple sufficient ...
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Validating a probability density distribution forecast model for a Markov process

Let's say we have a Markov process $X_t$, and we come up with a forecast model that takes some information from outside world and says: "value $X_{t+1}$ has probability density distribution $P_t(x)$". ...
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$\exists \mathcal{A},\mathcal{B}:X\sim \mathcal{A}\Rightarrow \frac{p}{\sqrt{q+rX}}\sim \mathcal{B}$?

Does there exist a parametric distribution $\mathcal{A}$, such that $$ X\sim \mathcal{A}\Rightarrow\frac{p}{\sqrt{q+rX}}\sim \mathcal{B} $$ for some parametric distribution $\mathcal{B}$, where ...
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What is a two-sided geometric distribution?

I found in some articles (such as this) references to two-sided geometric distribution. But I went through texts of probability and did not find anything called "two-sided geometric distribution". ...
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A canonical example of the non-existence of predictive probability distribution

Section 3 of Fortini et al. (2000) states that Given $(X^\infty, \mathcal X^\infty,P)$, a predictive probability distribution of $x_n$ given $(x_1, \dots, x_{n-1})$ with respect to $P$ need not ...
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Probability of substring given string production probabilities

I originally posted this question on the Math StackExchange, but have not received answers there and thought it might be more appropriate to post it here. Let $\Sigma$ be an alphabet and let $y = x_1 ...
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Dimension reduction for low-order moments of Rademacher-weighted sums of vectors

Let $x_1,\dots,x_n$ be vectors in a Euclidean space $H$. Let $\varepsilon_1,\dots,\varepsilon_n$ be independent Rademacher random variables (r.v.'s), so that $P(\varepsilon_i=\pm1)=1/2$ for all $i$. ...
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expected value of cosine wirh Gaussian phase

Is there a solution to the expected value/variance for a Gaussian with random phase: $$\cos(\omega_0 t + \phi), \qquad \phi \sim \cal{N}(0,\sigma^2) $$ ? For $t=0$, the solution is for example ...
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PDF of points at the intersection of a sphere and hyperboloid in n dimensions

I'm studying a statistical mechanics problem and I have two conserved quantities: $$ E = \sum_{k=0}^{M} \left[ a_1^2(k) + a_2^2(k) + b_1^2(k) + b_2^2(k)\right] $$ $$ H = \sum_{k=0}^{M} 2 k \left[ ...
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Is there an $\infty$ version of the Wasserstein distance between two distributions?

If I have two probability distributions $\mu$ and $\nu$ defined on $X$ and $Y$ respectively, then the $p$-th Wasserstein distance between the two of them is defined as $$W_p(\mu,\nu) = ...
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Maximal entropy distribution with given conditionals

It is well known that of all the joint distributions $p(x,y)$ with fixed marginals $p(x),p(y)$, the one with the highest entropy is: $$ p(x,y)=p(x)p(y). $$ Suppose instead that we have conditionals. ...
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Distribution of infinity-norm over the unit sphere

I need to compute probabilities of the form $P( \Vert X \Vert_\infty < r ),$ where $X$ is a random variable of dimension $n$, drawn with a uniform distribution on the unit sphere ...
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Conditional probability of dependent random variables

Let $ X \sim f_X(x), Y \sim f_Y(y) $ are two dependent random variables and their corresponding PDFs. I want to find a probability $$ P(Y\ge 0 | X+Y\ge 0) .$$ If these variables were independent I'd ...
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Extrapolation between longest increasing and longest alternating subsequences

The question When should we expect Tracy-Widom? motivated me to post the following question, in which I have been interested for a while. Let $f(n)$ be a function from the positive integers to ...
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A probability distribution in n dimensional space which its projection on any line is a uniform distribution?

Does there exist, for any natural $n$, a probability distribution in $\mathbb{R}^n$ whose projection on any line is a uniform distribution?
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Why is this distribution exponential?

Take the interval $[0, 1]$. Now sample 10000 points in this interval randomly according to the uniform distribution. The fact is that the distribution of the distances between adjacent points on ...
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Terminology for research on distributions of inner products

Consider a set of vectors $M$ from an inner product space $V$. The ordered set of inner products of all pairs of elements in $M$ uniquely characterizes $M$ up to isomorphism. Suppose now that $V$ is ...
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Semicircle law universality elsewhere

Wigner's semicircle distribution is: $$f(x)=\frac{1}{2 \pi}\sqrt{4-x^2}, \ \ -2\leq x\leq 2.$$ Under reasonable conditions, the rescaled eigenvalue density of random symmetric matrices $M_n$ follows ...
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Specifying Skellam parameters by given probabilities

The problem sounds quite easy, and I still think it is. I somehow have the feeling that I just went too far and just miss the easiest solution now. The numerical solution I came up with is just not ...
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Are all mixtures of these unimodal functions unimodal?

Let us say that a function $F\colon(0,\infty)\to\mathbb{R}$ is increasing-decreasing if, for some $c\in[0,\infty]$, $F$ is non-decreasing on $(0,c]$ and non-increasing on $[c,\infty)$. Is it true that ...
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A question concerning distribution of $\mathbf{Y}/\|\mathbf{Y}\|_2$ where $\mathbf{Y}\sim \mathcal{N}(\boldsymbol{\mu},\mathbf{I})$

I know that when $\mathbf{Y}\sim\mathcal{N}(\mathbf{0},\mathbf{I})$, $\mathbf{Y}/\|\mathbf{Y}\|_2$ is distributed uniformly on the unit sphere. But to my surprise, I failed to find a simple closed ...
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Distribution of dot product of two unit random vectors

Consider $\mathbf{u}, \mathbf{v}\in \mathcal{C}^M$ to be two independent unit norm random vectors on the $M-1$ dimensional complex sphere $\mathcal{S}^{M-1}$. In addition, $\mathbf{u}$ follows an ...
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Finitely additive measure over integers [duplicate]

We know that, with Axiom of Choice (AC), it can be shown that there exists a finitely additive uniform distribution defined for all subsets of the integers (see, e.g., Hrbacek and Jech 1999, Ch. 11). ...
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Lower bound for the probability that a certain component of a Gaussian vector dominates all others

Let $X\sim\cal N(\mu,\Sigma)$ be an $n$-dimensional Gaussian vector. I would like to estimate $$P(X_1>\max_{k=2,\dots,n}X_k).$$ While no closed form solution exists (see e.g. MO question on ...
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Finding the distribution of a random variable numerically with sample data? [closed]

Just a thought that I had recently. Suppose given discrete data points for a random variable, could one numerically generate the probability function values at these discrete values? I tried looking ...
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Is regularity closed under products?

Let $G \colon [0,1] \to [0,1]$ be a differentiable cumulative distribution function (monotonically non-decreasing function with $G(0) = 0$ and $G(1) = 1$). We say that $G$ is regular if $$ x - ...
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How do I Calculate :$\int_{0}^{1}x^{k}\psi(x)dx$ where $k\geq 3$ is an integer?

How do I Calculate, if possible, in terms of well-known constants the integral : $\int_{0}^{1}x^{k}\psi(x)dx$ , where $k\geq 3$ is an integer ? note: $\psi(x)$ is digamma function. Any help would ...
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Suggestions for dealing with the “timed” balls-into-bins model

Definitions: Let $T$ (for "time") be a random variable $T \sim \text{Exp}(\lambda)$ and $\Delta t$ is a realization (or called an observed value) of $T$. Let $D$ (for "delay") be a random variable $D ...