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### Erdos-Kac for squarefree numbers

In its usual form, the Erdos-Kac Theorem states that if $f(n) : \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a strongly additive function with $|f(p)| \le 1$ for all primes $p$, then $$\frac{\\#\{n \le x : ...

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### On random Dirichlet distributions

Fix a dimension $d\ge2$.
Let $Q_d$ denote the positive quadrant of $\mathbb{R}^d$, that is, $Q_d$ is the set of points $\mathbf{x}=(x_i)_i$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$ such that $x_i>0$ for every $i$.
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### Inequality between incomplete beta and gamma functions; or when is binomial distribution function above/below its limiting Poisson

Please note: this question was posted first (September 4) in math.stackeschange.com and then (September 16) in stats.stackeschange.com. It got no answers in neither of those sites.
Let the ...

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### 1-Wasserstein distance between two multivariate normal

The $p$-Wasserstein between two measures $\nu_1$ and $\nu_2$ on $X$ is given by
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### Two sets of independent Bernoulli random variables

There are two sets of random variables $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ and $Y_1,\ldots,Y_n$ satisfying:
Each $X_i$ and each $Y_j$ has a symmetric Bernoulli distribution ($-1$ and $+1$ with probability $\frac12$ ...

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### what books to read to quickly understand adiabatic approximation

Hi group, I'm a theoretical ecologist with fairly adequate training in applied math (ODE, linear algebra, applied probability, some PDEs). In my current work, I've encountered the use of adiabatic ...

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### Compute the expected value of the next step of a sorted random walk

Here's what I'm thinking about. If you have a random walk (move +1 or -1 at each step) of some fixed length, then if you're at the maximum of the walk, the next step you take is -1 with probability 1. ...

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### Cramér-Wold theorem with independence assumption

Let $X = (X_1, X_2)$ be a random vector with joint probability density $p$. The celebrated Cramér-Wold theorem says that we can reconstruct $p$ from knowing the push-forward densities of $X$ under all ...

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### Is there a name for the set of distributions whose probability generating functions are Mobius transformations?

Consider a discrete random variable $N\in\mathbb N$ with
$\mathbb P(N=0) = p$,
$\mathbb P(N=n) = (1-p)(1-q)q^n$ for $n\neq 0$.
Then the probability generating function of $N$
$$\mathbb E(z^N) = ...

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### probabilistic terminology for polynomials with positive coefficients

Given a polynomial $P(x) = p_0 + p_1 x + p_2 x^2 + ... + p_n x^n$ with non-negative coefficients, is there a standard name for (the function of $p_1,...,p_n$ equal to) the variance of an ...

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### When is taking an average (mean) an algebraic operation in the sense of monads?

Taking the average of a sequence of numbers is not an "algebraic" operation, in the following sense. Given sequences $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ of numbers, one could either take the average of each one, ...

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### Concentration inequality for function of independent Bernoulli r.v.'s (related to random graph)

Consider a random undirected graph on a set of $n$ nodes, say $\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$, such that the probability of edge between nodes $i$ and $j$ is $p_{ij}$ (we may assume $p_{ij}=o(1)$ for all $i,j$, ...

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### E[ | X - Y | ] where X and Y are independent Poisson random variable

What is the expected value of the absolute difference of two independent Poisson variables?
E[ |X - Y| ]
Seems like an easy question but I haven't found an easy solution.
I've split the double sum ...

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### References for this game

Hello everybody,
I would like to know how the following game is known in the literature and, possibly, to have references for related papers.
Description of the game: Fix a space $X$ and two Borel ...

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### Is this probability distribution known in the literature?

In some work I was doing I derived a probability distribution that I do not recognize. Is it a known distribution?
$\Pr(X\le ...

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### Iterated Kumaraswamy distributions

The Kumaraswamy distribution has cdf $F(x;a,b) = 1-(1-x^a)^b$.
Does anyone know any formulas or properties relating to iterations of this on itself, meaning
$$ F_i(x;a,b) = 1-(1-F_{i-1}^a)^b$$
If ...

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### Can truncated/non-smooth distributions be used as priors/posteriors in Variational Bayesian methods?

Variational Bayesian methods can sometimes be a good alternative to Markov Chain Monte Carlo numerical evaluation of probability distributions. They do this, as I understand it, by approximating the ...

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### Is this exponential family Gaussian?

Let $m$ be a positive measure on the real line. Assume that $\exp k(t)=\int\exp(xt)m(dx)<\infty$ for $a<t<b$ and that $\exp k(t)=\infty$ if $t\notin[a,b],$, with $-\infty\leq a<b\leq ...

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### existence of Markov operators not generated by transition probability function

Transition probability functions can always be used to generate Markov operators, correct? So is it correct to say that a Markov process is a collection of Markov operators? On the other hand, are ...

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### Quantifying the “flatness” of functions which are the Fourier transforms of positive functions

Short version of question: I'm trying to understand the extent to which a function is prevented from being "flat" as a result of being the Fourier transform of a positive function. That is, the extent ...

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### Marginalizing multivariate normal over defined interval

Hello everyone,
I am trying to obtain an analytic expression for the following Gaussian integral
$$\frac{1}{\sqrt{(2 \pi)^n |\Sigma|}} \int \kern-0.2em \cdots \kern-0.2em \int d\mathbf{x}_{\sim i} ...

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### Minimizing/Maximizing the tail of the convex combinations of Chi Squared i.i.d random variables

Consider $N$ i.i.d random variables, $X_{1}, X_{2}, \ldots, X_{N}$ , that are chi-squared of degree $K \geq 2$. Also consider the following 3 vectors:
\begin{eqnarray*}
\bar{a} &=& ...

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### Have you seen this one parameter family of distributions before?

This is a one parameter family of distributions. Choose some parameter $\lambda > 0$ and define the measure $\nu_\lambda$ which is absolutly continuous with respect to the Lebsegue measure with the ...

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### question about circular law

Hi,
I have a question about the circular law.
Consider $A_n=[x_{ij}]$ a sequence of random matrices where $x_{ij}$ are iid with mean $0$ and variance $1$. Consider $\lambda_{n,1},\dots,\lambda_{n,n}$ ...

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### Proving that an increasing iterative sequence increases at a decreasing rate

In this question
Proving a sequence of integrals increases (iterated minimax distributions)
Pietro Majer proved that
$$\int_0^1F_n(x) dx \leq \int_0^1F_{n+1}(x) dx$$ when $$F_n(x) = ...

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### Secretary problem extensions

In the Classical Secretary problem (also known as Marriage, Sultan's Dowry, Gogol problems),
1) There are n candidates ordered from the best to the worst (no ties). We know n.
2) The candidates ...

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### Seeking the normalizing constant (or any references) for a distribution over a subset of positive definite martrices

I'm interested in a probability distribution over the set of positive definite matrices with unit diagonal elements. That is, and $X$ such that:
$X \in S^{n+}, \forall_{i}X_{ii} = 1$ where $S^{n+}$ ...

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### Computable distribution on [0,1] with C-infinity distribution function

Does anyone know of an easily-describable distribution on $[0,1]$ with a density $p$ (with respect to Lebesgue measure) that satisfies the following properties:
$p$ is $C^\infty$
$p(0) = a$, $p(1) = ...

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### For what sub-$\sigma$-algebra are these two measures equivalent?

In two statistics papers (linked inline below) I have come across two definitions of certain probability measures. I conjecture that for particular choices of the construction that they are ...

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### Angular distribution for Gaussian vector with non-zero mean

The angular central Gaussian distribution (ACG) is the distribution of $\frac{\mathbf{x}}{\|\mathbf{x}\|}$, when $\mathbf{x}\sim\mathcal{N}\left(\boldsymbol{0},\mathbf{A}\right)$, where $\mathbf{x}$ ...

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### Conditional Distribution of Inverse Wishart

Suppose $\begin{bmatrix}
K_{11} K_{12}\\K_{12}^T K_{22}
\end{bmatrix}\sim\mathcal{IW}\left(\eta,\begin{bmatrix}
\Sigma_{11} \Sigma_{12}\\\Sigma_{12}^T \Sigma_{22}
\end{bmatrix}\right)$.
What is the ...

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### Does this kind of integral equations have unique solution?

Suppose $f_1$ and $f_2$ are two probability density functions on support $[0,1]$ (i.e. $f_1(x)=f_2(x)=0$ for any $x\not\in[0,1]$). Let $\varphi(x)$ denote a known probability density function on ...

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### Distribution of the local time for reflected Brownian motion on the quadrant

If $W$ and $B$ are two independent Brownian motions, $X_t=W_t-\sup_{u\le t} B_u + 1$. I want to find the distribution of $S$ the first hitting time of $0$ by $X$. If someone could give me a direction ...

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### approximation of probability distribution

I have a question: Let $\mu$ be a probability distribution defined on $(\mathbb{R}, \mathcal{B}(\mathbb{R}))$ satisfying
$$\int_{\mathbb{R}}|x|d\mu<+\infty$$
Set
$$A_n=\Big\{\frac{i}{n}:~ ...

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### Cramér-Wold like theorem for independent random variables

Let $X$ be a random vector in $\mathbb R^n$ with probability distribution $\mathbb P_X$. Now when given only the family of distributions
\begin{align*}
\left\{ \mathbb P_{v_1 X_1 + \dots + v_n ...

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### Characteristic function known on subsets

Let $X$ be a random variable in $\mathbb R^n$ with distribution $\mathbb P_X$. Given a (infinite) family of matrices $W_t \in \mathbb R^{n \times m}$ parameterized by $t \in \mathbb R$, suppose we ...

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### Sampling a two-dimensional Gaussian distribution at points along an integer lattice

Please consider a two-dimensional Gaussian of the general form: $A*e^{-(\frac{(x-x_0)}{2\sigma_x^2}+\frac{(y-y_0)}{2\sigma_y^2})}$, where $C$ is the peak of the Gaussian, i.e. the point at which the ...

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### Multiple independent random number streams

This question is somehow related to this one.
Having multiple streams of pseudo-random numbers known to be independent and with a uniform distribution (U1, U2,...,Un) I want to do Monte Carlo ...

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### Moments of Matrix Gamma distribution

Matrix gamma distribution (defined for example in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrix_gamma_distribution) is one way to generalize Wishart distribution. In our course work that distribution was used ...

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### Sum of non-identical categorical random variables

Is there a named distribution for the sum of non-identical categorical random variables?
When the categorical variables are i.i.d., the sum is a multinomial distribution. When the categorical ...

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### Nontransitive dice: the least number of faces?

Here is an introduction to nontransitive dice. The question is: given $n$-player with a $m$-sided dice each one, the what is the minimum of $m$ for a fixed $n$ to produce nontransitivity?
Here is ...

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### Joint distribution from multiple marginals

Consider an experiment consisting of a repeated trial with two random Bernoulli (=binary) variables, A and B. Each trial consists of multiple outcomes for both A and B. Each trial has the same number ...

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### Prove that the sum of a certain infinite series is 1

Prove the (numerically-evident) proposition that
\begin{equation}
\Sigma_{i=0}^\infty f(i) = 1,
\end{equation}
where
\begin{equation}
f(i)= 2^{-4 i-6} q(i) \frac{\Gamma(3 i+\frac{5}{2}) \Gamma(5 ...

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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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### Distribution of Inverse of a Random Matrix

Recently i got stuck into a problem and couldn't find its
satisfactory answer anywhere.
My question is simple. Suppose i have a fat random matrix (i,e $R$ has dimensions $k\times d$ where $k<d$) ...

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### Distribution of random vectors

Two positive numbers $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are given. We are going to describe a process of choosing a random vector on the unit sphere $S$ in $\mathbb R^3$ (given by $x^2+y^2+z^2=1$).
A vector $u\in ...

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### Why this two model have same probability distribution?

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Consider the following method of generating a random tree with $n$ nodes.
First expand the root node into two branches.
Then expand one of the two terminal nodes at random.
At time $k$, ...

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### Can you prove the monotonicity of the function (or find a counter example)?

Let $X$ be a non-negative random variable that is drawn from a cumulative distribution function $F(\cdot)$, pdf $f(\cdot)$ and mean $E[x]$. $k$, $c$, $v_l$ and $v_h$ $(v_h>v_l)$ are non-negative ...

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### Non-decreasing probability of detecting the most-likely event from a multinomial distribution

I examine a multinomial distribution with parameters $\\vec{p} = [p_1,
p_2, \\ldots, p_s]$. I denote the cells by $C = \{ c_1, c_2, \\ldots,
c_s\}$. In this setting $p_{[i]}$ is the $i^{\\text{th}}$ ...

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### What is the maximum a Pearson's chi square statistic can get?

I actually know that the answer is $N(k-1)$ (where $k$ is the minimum between number of rows and number of columns).
However, I can not seem to find a simple proof for why the statistic is bounded ...