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### Are the primes normally distributed? Or is this the Riemann hypothesis?

Forgive my very naive question. I know next to nothing about number theory, but I'm curious about the state of the art on the distribution of primes.
Let $\mathrm{Li}(x)$ be the offset logarithmic ...

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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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### Riemann's $\zeta$ function and the uniform distribution on $[-1,0]$

http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/64566/riemanns-zeta-function-and-the-uniform-distribution-on-1-0
Stackexchange isn't getting really excited about this, so here it is.
The $n$th cumulant of ...

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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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### A Normal Distribution Inequality

Let $n(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} e^{-\frac{x^2}{2}}$, and $N(x) = \int_{-\infty}^x n(t)dt$. I have plotted the curves of the both sides of the following inequality. The graph shows that the following ...

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### 2/3 power law in the plane

I've recently come across a particular problem whose solution turns out to be a probability distribution given by $f(x) = \alpha \|x\|^{-2/3}$ in the unit disk in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and zero elsewhere (I ...

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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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### A Conjecture on the Density of a subset of integers

Let $X$ denote the largest subset of odd integers with the property that
every exponent in the prime factorization of any $x \in X$ belongs to $X$.
The conjecture states that the density of $X$ among ...

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### Does $P(X_1>X_2)$ and $P(X_1=X_2)$, where $X_1$ and $X_2$ are independent and Poisson distributed, uniquely determine the parameters?

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be independent Poisson distributed random variables with parameters $\lambda_1$ and $\lambda_2$, respectively.
Let $a = P(X_1 > X_2)$ and $b = P(X_1 = X_2)$.
Question: ...

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### Talagrand's concentration inequality with limited independence

Is there a version of Talagrand's concentration inequality known when the variables have limited independence. More precisely, Let $F:\mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a $1$-Lipschitz convex ...

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### Montgomery's pair correlation function without RH?

In the theory of the Riemann zeta function, Montgomery's Pair correlation function is defined as
$$
F(\alpha) = \frac{1}{N(T)}
\sum_{T < \gamma, \gamma' < 2T} T^{i \alpha (\gamma - \gamma')} ...

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### Random Trigonometric Polynomial

Let $t_{1},t_{2},\ldots, t_{n}$ be i.i.d. real Gaussian random variables of zero mean and variance one. Let $a_{1},a_{2},\ldots, a_{n}$ be positive and fixed real numbers and define the random ...

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### A Variance-Tail Description for Continuous Probability Distributions

Start with a continuous probability distribution given by a density function f(x). Let X be a real random variable whose distribution is given by the probability distribution.
I would like to ask ...

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### Generalized central limit theorem

I am looking for a generalized central limit theorem for non-square integrable stationary sequences. More precisely I suspect that when $(X_j)_{j\geqslant 1}$ is a stationary sequence such that $X_i$ ...

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### Order statistics (e.g., minimum) of infinite collection of chi-square variates?

Hi everyone,
This is my first time here, so please let me know if I can clarify my question in any way (incl. formatting, tags, etc.). (And hopefully I can edit later!) I tried to find references, ...

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### An extension of Gaussian Isoperimetry

The Gaussian isoperimetric inequality (Tsirelson,Sudakov, Borell) states that among all sets of given Gaussian measure in the n-dimensional Euclidean space, half-spaces have the minimal Gaussian ...

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### What structure is needed to define a Gaussian distribution on a given space?

In most textbooks, the normal distribution is defined on $\mathbb{R}^n$ by specifying its probability density function. This works perfectly well, but it isn't really amenable to generalisation.
I'm ...

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### What is the most extreme set 4 or 5 nontransitive n-sided dice?

A set of nontransitive dice is a set of dice whose face numbers are such that the relation "is more likely to roll a higher number than" is not transitive. (See wikipedia)
For some sets, the ...

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### Probability density that minimizes the sample range

Let $\mathcal{F}$ denote the set of all "concave probability distributions" on the unit interval, that is, all functions $f:[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}$ such that $f$ is concave, $f(x)\geq 0$ for all $x\in ...

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### Maximum of the expectation of maximum of Gaussian variables

Suppose $X=(X_1,\ldots,X_n)$ is a Gaussian vector with each entry $X_i$ marginally distributed as $\mathcal{N}(0,1)$. Want to find out the possible maximum of
$$\mathbb{E}\max_{1\le i\le n}|X_i|$$
and
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### How to efficiently sample uniformly from the set of p-partitions of an n-set?

Let $n,p \in \mathbb{N}_+$ with $p \leq n.$ Let $\mathcal{P}$ denote the set of partitions of $\{1, \ldots, n\}$ into $p$ nonempty sets. How can I efficiently sample uniformly from $\mathcal{P}$?

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### Concentration bounds for sums of random variables of permutations

I'm trying to find theorems regarding random variables derived from sampling permutations, specifically concentration bounds.
As an example, let $X_i$ be the $\{0,1\}$-random variable that represents ...

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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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### Entropy conjecture for distributions over $\mathbb{Z}_n$

Suppose we have two independent random variables $X$ (with distribution $p_X$) and $Y$ (with distribution $p_Y$) which take values in the cyclic group $\mathbb{Z}_n$. Let $Z = X +Y$, where the ...

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### Are these Two Definitions of ``Uniformly Distributed" Equivalent?

For an article I am writing, I would like to know that two somewhat different
looking conditions are in fact equivalent. Here is the setting. $X$ is a compact
(and first countable) metric space and ...

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### Trasportation metric (AKA Earth-Mover's, Wasserstein, etc.) as “natural” / “induced”?

Context: Given a discrete finite metric space $X$ (in my case X={0,1}$^n$ with the Hamming/L$_1$ distance), I need to define the natural or canonical metric on the set of all probability distributions ...

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### Mean of i.i.d Random Variables With No Expected Value

Let $X$ be an integer-valued random variable and let $X_n$ be the sum of $n$ independent realizations of $X$. I would like to understand the behavior of $X_n/n$ for large $n$ in some cases where $X$ ...

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### If Mean Residual Lifetime is approximately constant, Residual Lifetime is Approximately Exponential in a Strong Sense

Suppose the "mean residual lifetime," $\mathbb{E}[X-x|X≥x]$ is approximately constant for large $x$. Then, I believe that the conditional tail distribution is approximately exponential, in the sense ...

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### Small and large pieces of the plane, after countably many generic straight cuttings

A delightful recent problem about disconnecting the plane by straight lines suggested me the following further question, that I can't resist to post.
Let $\mathcal{F} $ be a countable family of ...

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### Probability distributions: The maximum of a pair of iid draws, where the minimum is an order statistic of other minimums?

General question: What is the distribution for the maximum of 2 independent draws from cdf F(x), when we know that the minimum of those same two draws is the kth order statistic of the minimum of n ...

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### Convergence rate of the central limit theorem near the center of the distribution

I'm looking for fast convergence rates for the central limit theorem - when we are not near the tails of the distribution.
Specifically, from the general convergence rates stated in the Berry–Esseen ...

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### How do you call the problem of approximating a continuous distribution with a simple discrete distribution?

The following problem came up on the Mathematica forum as "Generating a list of integers that roughly satisfy a distribution": Given $n$, find $n$ integers (possibly with duplicates) whose ...

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### What does it mean to sample a value x* from f(x)?

This might be a really elementary question, but I'm not sure what it means. I have a density function f(x). How do I sample a value from f? For known distributions there are functions in R which do it ...

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### Is the maximum tree-path length distributed lognormally (in the limit) ?

Consider a full binary tree with $k>10$ levels. Let the lengths of individual edges in this tree be i.i.d. random variables with finite moments. Then total lengths of the $2^{k-1}$ source-to-sink ...

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### “Smallest” event such that probability greater than a given value

Very briefly, consider the probability space $(\mathbb R^n, \mathcal{B}(\mathbb R^n),P)$. During a problem I am studying, I came to a point where i need to compute
\begin{equation*}
\begin{aligned}
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### Liverani's CLT (a question)

Let $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},P)$ be a probability space where $\Omega$ is a complete separable metric space, let $T:\Omega\to \Omega$ ` be an ergodic transformation, let $\hat{T}:L^{2}_{_P}(\Omega)\to ...

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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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### Eigenvalue distributions of finite dimensional Wishart matrices

I am trying to obtain the eigenvalue distribution of a finite dimensional Wishart matrix. Let $A_{n\times n}\sim\mathbb{W}(\Sigma_{n\times n},m)$ where $\mathbb{W}(\Sigma_{n\times n},m)$ denotes the ...

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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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### Are there known expressions for total variation distance between $N(0,\sigma_1^2)$ and $N(0,\sigma^2)$

Are known expressions for total variation distance between $N(0,\sigma^2)$ and $N(0,\sigma^2+\epsilon)$ for small $\epsilon$? The only thing I seem to find is things are expression about the mean but ...

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### What is the expected maximum out of a sample (size N) from a geometric distribution?

Lets say I have a geometric distribution (of the number X of Bernoulli trials needed to get a success) with parameter p (success probability of a trial).
Assume I ...

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### distribution of {na} when a is irrational number

(by $\{x\}$ I mean the fraction part of the real number $x$)
If $a$ is an irrational number and $n$ is a integral number, what is the distribution of $\{na\}$? I'm asking for some continuous function ...

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### Convergence of moments implies convergence to normal distribution

I have a sequence $\{X_n\}$ of random variables supported on the real line, as well as a normally distributed random variable $X$ (whose mean and variance are known but irrelevant). I know that the ...

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### Estimate on gaussian distribution

Let X be an $\mathbb R^d$-valued random variable with distribution $N_d(0,\Sigma)$. I'm looking for a function $f$ such that
$$P(|X_1|\leq M, |X_2|\leq M,\dots, |X_d|\leq M)\geq f(M),$$
and such that ...

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### What is the maximum-entropy distribution given mean, variance, skewness, and kurtosis?

$X\in \mathbb{R}$. Which distribution $P(X)$ has the highest possible entropy given its expected value, variance, skewness, and kurtosis? Is it an exponential family distribution of the form $P(X) ...

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### Proving a sequence of integrals increases (iterated minimax distributions)

I am trying to show that $$\int_0^1F_n(x) dx \leq \int_0^1F_{n+1}(x) dx$$ when $$F_n(x) = (1-(1-F_{n-1}(x))^c)^c$$ and $F_0(x) = x$ and $n$ and $c$ are integers, $n\geq 1$ and $c \geq 2$
Note that ...

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### How to calculate the probability of N normal variable being in increasing order?

Suppose we have $n$ normal variable $X_1,X_2,\dots,X_n$, with corresponding mean $\mu_1,\dots,\mu_n$ and sd $\sigma_1,\dots,\sigma_n$. What is the probability of $X_1 < X_2 < \dots < X_n$, ...

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### General version of Skorokhod representation of random variables

Let $F: \mathbb{R} \to [0,1]$ be cumulative distribution function (cdf). The standard way to build a random variable $\tau$ on $([0,1],\mathcal{B},\text{Leb})$ with $F$ as its cdf is using the ...