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### AQA A Level Normal Distribution [on hold]

The question goes like:
A wholesaler decides to grade such oranges by weight. He decided that the smallest 30% should be graded as small, largest 20% as large and in between as medium.
The ...

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### continuous vs discrete random walk [on hold]

For 1D random walk in discrete case the probability $P_N(X)$ of finding walker at position $X$ after $N$ steps has a binomial distribution, moreover when $N+X$ is odd then probability is 0.
Let's ...

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### Hypergeometric distribution with a priori probabilities of the balls

If we have a urn with $N$ balls of two colours ($D$ red and $N-D$ black balls respectively), then probability of having $k$ red out of $n$ balls drawn at once without replacement follows the ...

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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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### Inequality for square of the subgaussian distributions

Hi all,
For my research I am trying to bound some exponential moments of subgaussian r.v.'s. And I am stuck with proving one of such inequalities. More specifically:
Let $a$ be unit vector in ...

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### Processes with the same finite dimensional distributions as the solutions to SDEs

Consider a sequence of stochastic processes $\{\tilde{x}^n\}$, $\tilde{x}^n = \tilde{x}^n_t(\omega)$, and Brownian motions $\{\tilde{w}^n\}$. Suppose that for each $\tilde{x}^n$ solves the stochastic ...

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### Please help me with my assignment. Thank you [closed]

A financial executive believes that each savings account customer has, on average, two credit cards. The following distribution represents the number of credit cards people own. Find the mean, ...

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### probability distribution [closed]

An insurance company issues a house worth 3500000 for an
annual premium of 20000. if the company figures that the probability of the house
being burned by fire is .005ˏ what will be the company′s ...

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### Approximate determinantal point process

Consider a random process defined on $2^{\mathcal{X}}$, i.e. all subsets of a set $\mathcal{X}$.
It's well known that this process is determinantal if one can find a positive semidefinite matrix $K$, ...

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### Supremum of a martingale

Let $(X_n)$ be a martingale. What can be said about the distribution of its maximum over a window of fixed length:
$$M_n = \max_{n-10 \leq k \leq n} X_k$$ or about the "range" over a window:
$$R_n = ...

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### Moment matching: construction of a mixture of Gaussian distribution with lower moments identical to Gaussian

This is a question related to the statistical model behind independent component analysis (ICA).
We assume that $Z \sim N(0,1)$. Our goal is to construct a random variable $X$ that follows a ...

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### Gaussian and the convex hull of moment curves

Let $c_1,\dots, c_d$ be the first $d$ moments of the standard normal distribution. Does the point $(c_1,\dots, c_d)$ lie in the convex hull of the set $\{(t,t^2,\dots,t^d)\colon t\in[-b,b]\}$, for a ...

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### zero covariance but not independent - normally distributed random variable $X$ and $X^2$ [migrated]

This is one of my homework question, which the answer sheet has already been given out. However, I still don't understand it.
Exercise 1.1. It is well known that for two normal random variables, zero
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### Calculate channel capacity of general channel under constraint

Hi!
Given a conditional distribution $P_{Y|X}$ I'd like to find the prior distribution $P_X$ that maximizes the mutual information $I(X;Y)$ with $P_Y(y)=\int P_{Y|X}(y|x)P_X(x)\text{dx}$ (this ...

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### Question about characteristic function with independence assumption

Let $X$ be a random vector taking values in $\mathbb R^2$ with probability density $p(x) = p_1(x_1)p_2(x_2)$, i.e. the components of $X$ are independent.
Let $V$ be an open set in $\mathbb S^1$, the ...

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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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### Distribution of maximum unique number of several random numbers

Suppose discrete random variables $\{X_1, X_2, ..., X_n\}$ are i.i.d. described by the probability function:
$f(x) \equiv \text{Pr}(X_i = x)$,
and $X_i \in \{1,2,3, ..., m\}$.
Let $Y$ be the ...

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### Probability distribution derived from gamma function - does it have a name?

Consider the complex gamma function, denoted by $\Gamma(\sigma+it)$.
Now, let's fix $\sigma$ and let t vary. Then consider the following expression:
$$|\Gamma(\sigma+it)|^2$$
For any choice of ...

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### Question abouth Skorokhod representation of random variables (II)

This is a continuation of
Question abouth Skorokhod representation of random variables
Let $\mu$ and $\nu$ be two probability measures on $\mathbb R$ such that
$$\int_{\mathbb R}|x|^pd\mu(x),~ ...

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### Question about the weak convergence of probability

Let $\mu$ be a probability measure on $\mathbb R$ and set
$$c(K):=\int_{\mathbb R}(x-K)^+d\mu(x).$$
Assume that one has a sequence of probability measures $(\mu_n)_{n\ge 1}$ s.t.
$$\int_{\mathbb ...

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### Question abouth Prokhorov metric

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two random variables with first order moments, i.e. $E[|X|]$, $E[|Y|]<+\infty$. Assume further that
$$E\left[|X-Y|\right]<\varepsilon.$$
Set $Law(X)=\mu$ and $Law(Y)=\nu$, ...

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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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### Variance of the normal CDF

Several threads (e.g. Integration of the product of pdf & cdf of normal distribution ) have shown that
$E[\Phi(x)]=\Phi(\mu/\sqrt{\sigma^2+1})$ when $x\sim N(\mu,\sigma^2)$.
I'd like to compute ...

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### divisibility of uniform distribution [closed]

Let $X$ and $Y$ be independent and identically distributed random variables.
Can $X+Y$ be a uniform distribution?
(Please prove.)
In other words, is a uniform distribution divisible?
The meaning of ...

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### Question abouth Skorokhod representation of random variables

It is known that for any two probability measures $\mu$ and $\nu$ on $\mathbb R$ that are close in the Prokhorov metric $\rho$, i.e.
$$\rho(\mu,\nu)<\varepsilon,$$
then there exist two random ...

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### $\sum_{n\in\mathbb{Z}^2}d\mu(x-2\pi n)=0\Rightarrow$ the summands are pairwise mutually singular

Let $\mu$ a finite measure supported by $\Gamma$ (smooth curve in $\mathbb{R}^2$) and absolutely continuos with respect to the arc length measure on $\Gamma$.
Please why if ...

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### steady state of a continuous-time birth-death process

we consider a continuous-time birth-death process $\{X(t),t\geq 0\}$ with discrete state space taking non0negative integer values $\{0,1,2,3,...\}$. The transition rates of the process $\{X(t)\}$ are ...

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### How are the real-space RG transformations defined?

I'm reading Shang-keng Ma's book Modern theory of critical phenomena, and I'm a bit confused as to how the real-space RG transformations are defined. Ma basically says that these transformations are ...

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### distribution on arriving distinations within certain time [closed]

a traveller is travelling on a map. arriving every vertex of the map, the traveller could choose to go to next vertex according to a constant probability. The probabilities are represented in a matrix ...

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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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### 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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### Laplace transform of a integral function of CIR/CEV process

The Cox–Ingersoll–Ross model (or CIR model) describes the evolution of interest rates. Constant elasticity of variance model (CEV) is a stochastic volatility model, which attempts to capture ...

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### A measure of how “spread out” a probability measure is

Consider a random variable $X$ whose variance is large. As a contrast to Markov's or Chebyshev's inequality, both of which measure the concentration of a probability distribution, is there a measure ...

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### Topologies for which the ensemble of probability measures is complete

I have been struggling quite a bit with reconciling my intuitive understanding of probability distributions with the weird properties that almost all topologies on probability distributions possess.
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### Reference on (discrete) log-concave probability distributions

A discrete distribution $p$ over $\mathbb{N}$ is said to be log-concave if it satisfies the following conditions:
The support of $p$ is a contiguous interval, i.e. $\exists a \leq b$ s.t. $p_i > ...

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### Random walk with continuously distributed steps on [-1,1]

A simple random walk $S_n = X_1 +\cdots +X_n$, where $P(X_i = 1) = p \not = 0.5$ and $P(X_i=-1)= q \triangleq 1-p$, admits the following probability
$$P(S_n \textrm{ reaches } a \textrm{ before} -b) ...

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### Stochastic dominance for subsets

The subsets of a set $N=\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ form a lattice, with larger sets being higher up, and a subset $B$ connected to another subset $A=B\cup\{x\}$ (for any $x\not\in B$) higher up by a "pipe". ...

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### Literature question on the convergence rate of the empirical distribution

Assume that given $n$ i.i.d samples $(X_1, X_2, ..., X_n)$ drawn from $p_X$, an unknown probability mass function defined over a finite alphabet $\mathcal{X}$, one wants to estimate $p_X(x)$ for each ...

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### Marginal of mean from product of student-t and gamma

Let's say we have a distribution with PDF described by the product of Gamma and Student-t distributions. This is equivalent to a generative model, in which precision is first drawn from Gamma, and the ...

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### Majorization in distributions of subsets

The subsets of a set $N=\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ form a lattice, with larger sets being higher up, and a subset $B$ connected to another subset $A=B\cup\{x\}$ (for any $x\not\in B$) higher up by a "pipe". ...

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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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### Probability distribution/ Statistics of noise Eigenvectors

What is the distribution of noise Eigenvectors of the sampled covariance matrix? For the signal Eigenvectors the expressions are well defined which approach infinity in the noise Eigenvectors case; ...

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### Asymptotic behavior of a ratio of sums of iid random variables

Let $X_i$ and $Y_i$ be distributed identically to $X$ and $Y$, respectively. Assume both $X$ and $Y$ take strictly positive values.
Consider the random variable $R_n \doteq \frac{\sum_{i=1}^n ...

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### Regarding a new divergence function of two probability distributions

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two continuous random variables with common support and with PDF $f(x)$ and $g(y)$. For any $0 \leq \alpha \leq 1$, and any constant $\beta$ within the support of $X$ and $Y$ such ...

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### On the Bhattacharyya distance

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two continuous random variables with support $\mathbb{R}^{+}$ and with PDF $f(x)$ and $g(y)$. If the Bhattacharyya distance of $f$ and $g$ is less than $\epsilon$, then is there any ...

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### A variance-preserving Boolean function [closed]

Let a random variable $X$ be given with $P_X$ supported over $\mathcal{X}$. What are the necessary conditions for the existence of a boolean function $f:\mathcal{X}\to \{0,1\}$ such that ...

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### Probability distribution associated with total divisors of an integer

Is there a generalization to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erd%C5%91s%E2%80%93Kac_theorem which gives distribution function for $$\omega(n)=\big|\{d\in\mathsf{prime}:d|n\}\big|$$ where ...

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### Bayesian model to estimate the parameter of a Bernoulli law

Suppose we have iid boolean variables $X_1,...,X_T = X_{1:T}$ and the associated deterministic parameters $k_1,...,k_T=k_{1:T}$ and $c_1,...,c_T=c_{1:T}$, where for each $t \in \mathbb{N}$, $k_{t} \in ...

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### What is the derivative of this integral?

I have asked this question here
http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1536018/how-to-find-derivative-of-this-intergral
but still has no response.
Might I ask it here ?
Let $\alpha(t)\in\{0,1\}: ...

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### Monte Carlo Simulation - efficient simulation of tail outcomes [closed]

When running Monte Carlo type simulations in situations where you're only interested in tail outcomes, do you know of a way to only simulate those outcomes, so that you can come up with more reliable ...