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When should we expect Tracy-Widom?

The Tracy-Widom law describes, among other things, the fluctuations of maximal eigenvalues of many random large matrix models. Because of its universal character, it obtained his position on the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Elementary function relative to erf

The modified Bessel function of the 1st kind $I_0$ is defined by $$ I_0(z)=\frac1\pi\int_0^{2\pi}e^{z\cos\theta}\,d\theta $$ and arises, among other places, in the probability density function of a ...
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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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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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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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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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References for this game

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 probability ...
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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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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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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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Writing a function as a sum of functions of bounded diameter

This problem is distilled from one arising in a study of complex random variables, but I've removed as much baggage as I can without (I hope) making it trivial. Fix $D>0$. A function $f:\mathbb ...
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expectation involving normal pdf and Rayleigh distribution

I need to calculate following definite integral \begin{equation*} \frac{1}{2\pi }\int_0^\infty \frac{x^2 e^{-x^2/\sigma^2 } }{\sigma} \frac{e^{-\frac{\lambda}{{ax^2+b}}}}{\sqrt{ax^2+b}} ~~dx. ...
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Compute the smoothing of functions

Given a function $g:R^d\rightarrow R$, which is not necessarily continuous, I want to compute the "smoothing" of $g$, i.e., $G(\vec{y})=\int_{R^n} g(\vec{x}) f_{\vec{y}, \sigma}(\vec{x}) d\vec{x} $ ...
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Implication of MGF inequality

Let X and Y be two random variables. Denote by $F_X(x)$ and $F_Y(y)$ their CDFs and by $M_X(t)$ and $M_Y(t)$ their MGFs. It is known that X and Y have the same CDF iff they have the same MGF. My ...
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logconcave distribution $f(t)$ leads to concave moments $\mu(x)$. logconvex distribution $f(t)$ leads to convex moments $\nu(x)$?

Let $$\mu_x=\frac{1}{\Gamma(x+1)}\int_0^{\infty}u^x f(u) du \tag{1}$$ Suppose that $f(u)>0$ when $u>0$ and $f(u)\to 0$ fast enough when $u\to\infty$ so that $\mu_x,-1<x<\infty$ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 $1$ ...
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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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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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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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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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How to get the Expectation of the normalization of some log-normal-distributions?

Problem Definition: Suppose that a random variable of multivariate Gaussian distribution $X \sim N(\Sigma,\mu)$, $\Sigma$ is the covariance matrix, and $\mu$ is the mean. For each $x_i$ from $X$, $x_i ...
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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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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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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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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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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) = ...