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Approximating Probability Distribution by Sampling

Consider a discrete probability distribution over $n$ events. Assume that the probabilistic kernel is a black box, that is, we can only sample from it without knowing anything about the type or ...
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How to sample from the ratio between two distributions?

I want to sample a lot of $\theta$s from the density function below: $$ r(\theta) = \frac{prior(\theta)}{Z}\frac{\int p(\theta,z_1)dz_1}{\int q(\theta,z_2)dz_2} $$ where $Z$ is the constant for ...
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Estimating mean and variance of a distribution based on error-prone estimates of its cdf

Suppose I have some random variable $X$ taking values in $[a, b]$ with unknown distribution (I am happy to assume the distribution is smooth, though it would be nice to not have to). I have a ...
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Exactly sampling from a distribution with access to the probabilities only

There is a discrete distribution where integers, $k$, from $1$ to $n$ occur with probability $p_{k}$, all $p_{k}$ are unknown. Rather than having access to the distribution we have access to $n$ ...
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Monte Carlo estimator with autocorrelated samples

Given an integration problem $I=\int{f(x)dx}$, we can construct an ordinary Monte Carlo estimator as $E[I]=\sum\limits_i\frac{f(x_i)}{p(x_i)}$ where the samples $x_i$ are usually i.i.d. and drawn ...
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Sampling from a Convex Body with Many Extremal Points

Let $p_{1}, \ldots, p_{N}$ be a collection of points in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$. I would like to sample uniformly from the convex hull of these $N$ points in an `efficienct' way. In my setting, I have $n$ ...
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When can you describe a population and its component subpopulations with the same parametric family of distributions?

I believe that it is often the case that you are trying to select the best probability distribution to use to describe some phenomenon you are studying, and you have data not only for a population, ...
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Sampling uniformly from all possible line segments of a given length that fit inside a container

Consider that task of randomly placing a line segment of some length $L$ near a plane s.t. a point $p$ at the center of the line segment is at most a distance $H$ from the plane and intersections ...
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Stochastic process inference from partial observations

Consider a set $U$. My signal is a piece-wise constant "function" $Sig: t \mapsto s$, i.e. the signal at time $t$ equals to some subset $s \subset U$. One can see $Sig(t)$ as a stochastic process. ...
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Discretizing a cosine function?

I'd like to start by noting that for some fixed natural $N$ basis functions for my system will be generated by $f(k,x)$ as defined and explained here or in numerous other sources: $$f(k,x) = \sqrt2 ...
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A sampling and learning question

Suppose there is an oracle that returns a number $b \in \mathbb{Z}_{n}$ whenever I press the button. We have $b = a + e$, where $a \in \mathbb{Z}_n$ is a fixed number and $e$ is sampled according to ...
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transform a polynomial into another one upto a constant

I have a polynomial $p(x)=a_Nx^N+a_{N-1}x^{N-1}+\dots+a_0$. I want to convert this into another polynomial of same order, say $b_Ny^N+b_{N-1}y^{N-1}+\dots+b_0$. Is it possible to find a transformation ...
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Sampling without replacement until hitting a subset

I randomly sample uniformly from $ \{1,..,N \}$ without replacement until drawing a number $ \leq k$. Denote the expected number of draws by $R(N,k)$. I want a good approximation for $\sum_{k=1}^N ...
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Estimating a sum

Sorry for the vague title but I couldn't find a better one. I want to compute the sum $S = \frac{1}{N}\sum_{i=1}^N c_i x_i$ where $c_i$s are known positive constants. The problem is that computing ...
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Uniform sampling hemisphere and project in a specific direction [closed]

Hi, I need to generate a 'uniform sample' over an hemisphere and once done project it in a specific vector direction. I have try the following, but it produce some errors... maybe you have an idea ? ...
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Is it possible to sample uniformly on the surface of a high-dimensional polytope?

There are some pretty simple methods to do uniform sampling on the surface of high-dimensional spheres or cubes. Are there any methods that sample uniformly on the surface of a high-dimensional ...
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Sampling uniformly from a sphere

Let $B^{n} _p= ${$ (x_1, \dots, x_n) : |x_1|^p + \dots |x_n|^p = 1 $} be the unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^n$ in the $\ell^p$ norm. If $X_1,\dots,X_n$ are iid $\exp(1)$ -distributed random variables, then ...
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Random Sampling a linearly constrained region in n-dimensions…

Hi, So here is my problem: Given a nonlinear, discontinous, cost function $f(x_1,x_2,..,x_N)$ along with linear constraints $x_n \ge 0, \forall n$ $x_n \le c_n$ and $\sum_{n=1}^N x_n = 1$ find an ...
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Sampling from a partition of a hypercube by convex polytopes.

I have a binary space partitioning (BSP) tree which recursively partitions a hypercube using linear hyperplanes. That is, a hyperplane splits the hybercube in half, creating two convex polytopes. Each ...
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Sampling from the Birkhoff polytope

The set of $n\times n$ real, nonnegative matrices whose rows and columns sum to one forms the well-known Birkhoff polytope Recently someone asked me if I knew How to sample (in polynomial time) ...