# Tagged Questions

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### What are the odds in the card game war that the game will start and finish on the first battle? [on hold]

What are the odds? My 6 year old daughter and I played war. On the first card we both played sevens and the battle bagan. We played three face down and one up and they matched again. Again, we ...

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### How to estimate the covariance matrix if the unnormalized pdf is known but integral is intractable? [migrated]

Assume a $d$-dimensional random vector $x$, whose unnormalized pdf is known as the product of N multivariate t-distribution:
$$Pr(x)\propto\prod_{i=1}^nt_{\nu_i,\mu_i,\Sigma_i}(x)$$
Is there any ...

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### Is there a mistake in Vapnik's “Basic Lemma”?

I have a concern about the "Basic Lemma" which Valdimir Vapnik states and proves in his 1998 book Statistical Learning Theory (ch. 14.3, pp. 574–76): It seems like a certain coefficient should have ...

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### An efficient method to find the MLE of the combination of two point processes

I have a point process defined in two parts as follows. Consider first the main process which we call $A$ which is homogeneous Poisson process with conditional intensity
$$\lambda(t) = \mu$$
For ...

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### MPE and MAPE averages [migrated]

I am a computer science graduate with a minor in mathematics, however it has been a long while since taking any statistical courses.
I am looking at calculating the Mean Percent Error and Mean ...

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### Cholesky decomposition of a large covariance matrix

I have a tricky problem concerning a covariance matrix cholesky decomposition.
What I need is to obtain the cholesky decomposition of the estimated variance matrix of the set of samples stored in a ...

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### What are the assumptions of linear regression (both simple and multiple) [migrated]

I know this is a basic question, but I get slightly different answers everywhere I look, a quick example is that I learnt at Uni that the errors of the dependent variable have to be normally ...

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### higher-level independence of three or more correlated RVs

I'm hoping for some help in nailing down a vague idea about independence. It starts with finding the expectation of a product of three RVs (or more, but I'll stick to three for now). These are not ...

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### Natural exponential family distribution with special moment structure

I encountered a problem related to a research project I was doing. Basically, it asks to find out natural exponential family distributions for which the variance function is the expectation of a ...

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### two correlated processes

I apologize if this question is not placed in the right place. But I am having a hard time to figure it out. It would be greatly appreciated if some one could help me out.
Assume that there are two ...

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### What is the problem with this model parameter estimation algorithm?

In a statistical model with parameters $\theta$ and unobserved laten variables $Z$, the model likelihood is
$$L(\theta;X)=Pr(X|\theta)=\sum_ZPr(X,Z|\theta)$$
The standard way to estimate $\theta$ ...

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### Approximate the distribution of the sum of ind. Beta r.v [migrated]

If $X_i$ has a Beta distribution $\beta(1,K)$.
What is the best approximation for the distribution of $ S=\sum_{i=1}^N X_i$, when the $X_{i}$ are independent and $N$ is finite.
Thanks

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### What statistical model should I use to analyze the likelihood that a single event influenced longitudinal data [migrated]

I am trying to find a formula, method, or model to use to analyze the likelihood that a specific event influenced some longitudinal data. I am having difficultly figuring out what to search for on ...

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### finite mixture of order statistics

Let $F(u)$ be a n-degree polynomial continuous distribution function in $[0,1]$, with $F(0)=0$, $F(1)=1$, that is $F(u)=\sum_{i=1}^{i=n} a_i u^i$. My question is: is that kind of distributions ...

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### random walk with reflecting barriers [closed]

Consider a random walk on the line 1,...,d. You start at point 1. At each step you flip a coin: heads means go left, tails means go right. If you're at 1 and get a heads, just stay where you are (same ...

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### Distribution of the Gram Matrices

Let $\mathbf{X}$ be an $m\times m$ random matrix full rank matrix, having the density function $f_{\mathbf{X}}(X)$. Also, let $\mathbf{W}$ be a deterministic $k\times m$ matrix of rank $k$ and ...

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### Gibbs sampler with linear constraints

My problem concerns the estimation of truncated multivariate normal distributions under constraints.
Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ two random variables following normal distributions ...

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### Inflated independent samples for Monte Carlo estimation

In my particular problem, running an MCMC is too expensive, so I'm looking for a simple MC estimator, which would partially inherit the correlated samples of MCMC, yet would not require computing ...

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### Mutual information decrease with coarse-graining

Let $X,A,Y,B,C,D$ be random binary variables. $D$ is independent from $X,A,C$ and $C$ is independent from $Y,B,D$.
Is it true that:
If $I(Y:B|D=0)\leq \epsilon$ then $I(X\oplus Y:A\oplus ...

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### Expected number of samples above certain value of a normally distributed variable with a given sample mean

Suppose $n$ values, $X_1,...,X_n,$ are generated by a random number generator with normal distribution $N(0,1).$ Suppose that the (sample) mean of $X_1,...,X_n$ is $\mu.$ What is known about the order ...

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### Compound Poisson process and central limit theorem [closed]

If I have a compound Poisson process
$$Y(t) = \sum_{i=1}{N(t)}D_{i}$$
where $ \{\,N(t) : t \geq 0\,\}$ is a Poisson process with rate $\lambda$, and $ \{\,D_i : i \geq 1\,\}$ are i.i.d random ...

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### Distribution of the Gram matrix

Let $\mathbf{X}$ be an $m\times k$ random matrix ($m>k$) of rank $k$, having the density function $f_\mathbf{X}(X)$. What is the distribution of $\mathbf{Y}=\mathbf{XX}^T$? Basically my question is ...

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### Minimal rectangular confidence regions

For a given multivariate pdf $f$ (mainly the gaussian one) I'm looking to compute a minimal rectangular confidence region for a given level $\alpha$. For example, I would like to solve problems of the ...

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### Probability distribution of uAv…

Consider the complex domain ℂ. If U and V are 2 unitary random matrices and A is a deterministic matrix.
What is the distribution of $u^HAv$ ( or $||u^HAv||^2$)
where : u is a column vector of U. v ...

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### Third order central moment of a positive linear combination of log-normal random variables

What is the sign (+tive/-tive) of the third order central moment of a positive linear combination of log-normal random variables?
It seems to be a common notion that the skewness of random variables ...

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### Where to read about this kind of “measure of irredundancy” of a set from a family of sets?

Studying a very practical problem from psychometrics, I encountered the following construction.
Let $(X,\mu)$ be a measure space; if preferred, you can presume $\mu$ is a probability measure. In any ...

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### Two questions on conditional independence [closed]

I have two simple questions about conditional independence.
Suppose two random variables $X$ and $Y$ are independent. Then I want to show that they are independent given any arbitrary random ...

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### Constructing a Bernoulli random variable for ratio of Bernoulli weights

$X$ and $Y$ are Bernoulli random variables with weights $0 < \alpha < 1$ and $0 < \beta < 1$. Is it possible to construct a sampler for the Bernoulli random variable with weight ...

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### Sampling from maximally skewed stable distribution

I am reading a paper which refers to a maximally skewed stable distribution $F(x;1,-1,\pi/2,0)$ . Is there an efficient way to sample from this distribution?
If $X$ has distribution ...

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### Hilbert Schmidt Operators and the Conditional Expectation Operator

Consider the function $\text{E}_W: L_2(\mathbb{R},P_X) \mapsto L_2(\mathbb{R},P_W)$ where $P_X$ and $P_W$ are two different probability measures. They are related in such a way that if $f_X$, $f_W$ ...

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### Doubts about Bayes' Theorem [closed]

I meet one problem on the probability and statistic theory.
"Assume given a measure space $(X,S)$ with three probability measure $\mu_1,\mu_2,\lambda$ on the space. And there exsit functions ...

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### Inverse moment of the number of inversions of a permutation

Let $\pi$ be a permutation of $\{1,2,...,n\}$. A pair of elements ($\pi_i$,$\pi_j$) is called an inversion if $i$ $>$ $j$ and $\pi_i$ $<$ $\pi_j$. The total number of inversions in $\pi$ is ...

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### Estimating total variation distance from a given distribution

Given a known distribution supported on a finite set of $n$ elements with probabilities $p_1, \dots, p_n$ and an access to an unknown distribution $q$ is it known what is the number of samples from ...

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### Linear Bounds on estimation error

Consider a markov chain on discrete state space $\mathbb{S} = \left\{1,2,..,S \right\}$, with transition probability matrix defined as $A = [a_{ij}]_{S \times S}$ where $a_{ij} = ...

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### Express $cov(X^2,Z)$ in terms of means, variances, and covariance of $X$ and $Z$? [closed]

Suppose $X$ and $Z$ are random variables. Can the covariance of $X^2$ with $Z$ be expressed in terms of the means, population variances, and covariance of $X$ and $Z$ alone?
My attempts at solving ...

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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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### Averaging function of sum of variables using central limit theorem

I'm trying to evaluate an integral of the following form
$$\int \prod_i \left[ dx_i \,P(x_i) \right] \; f \Big( \frac{1}{N} \! \sum_{i=1}^N x_i \Big)$$
and I know that the distribution of $x$ is ...

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### Central limit theorem for independent random variables, with a Gumbel limit

Consider independent random variables $Y_i$, $i>0$, such that $\mathbb{E}(Y_i)\approx \frac{1}{i}$ and $\text{Var}(Y_i)\approx \frac{1}{i^2}$, where $\approx$ means asymptotically equivalent up to ...

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### Efficient evaluation of multidimensional kernel density estimate

Edit I have copied this discussion to the stats community site here, since I feel it is more relevant. Please feel free to close this in due course.
I've seen a reasonable amount of literature about ...

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### Bounds for the fat tail after trimming the mean?

I am interested in the quantity $$f(X,t) = \int_t^\infty\negthinspace x\ p(x)\ dx,$$ where $p$ is a probability distribution for a positive variable $X$.
1) Does this quantity $f(X,t)$ have a name? ...

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### Whether r.v. with p.g.f. $\exp [\sum\limits_{i = 1}^\infty {{q_i}({z^i}} - 1)]$ is overdispersion?

When discrete r.v. $X$ is not Poisson distributed and ${\rm{Var}}X,EX < \infty $, I want to know whether r.v. $X$ with p.g.f. $\exp [\sum\limits_{i = 1}^\infty {{q_i}({z^i}} - 1)],({q_i} \in ...

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### Optimization problem involving Multivariate Normal

I use $\phi(t)$ to describe the standard normal distribution density and $\Phi(t)$ as the normal distribution CDF and would like to prove that for all
$n\geq3$, the function:
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### How to generalize uncertainty coefficient to set-valued classes?

This question is the reason I asked How to estimate the entropy of a distribution on a power set?
Proficiency (AKA uncertainty coefficient) is an information-theoretic measure of predictor quality, ...

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### Finiteness of “novel variance” from a kernel on a compact space [closed]

Let $c(i,i')$ be a kernel function on a reasonable index space $I$. Choose a dense sequence of points $\{i_1, i_2, \cdots \} \subseteq I$, and define the one-point kernel functions $k_n := c(\cdot, ...

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### How to estimate the entropy of a distribution on a power set?

Given a probability distribution $(X,p)$, its entropy is defined as $H=-\sum_{x\in X} p(x)\log p(x)$.
Given a sample of observations $x_n,n=1..N$, one can estimate $p(x)=\frac{\#\{i:x_i=x\}}{N}$ and ...

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### Can I test many p-values with KS or AD

(Sorry if this is a noob question. I'm a mathematician learning statistics.)
I would like to know if it's sound (or advisable) to test many p-values against the continuous uniform distribution using ...

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### Is it possible to determine if these random numbers are not really random? [closed]

I've been given a big ordered list of integer numbers.
Looks like this :
10
-11
-3
-6
-10
-1
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.....
Allegedly, these values are random from -12 to +12
However, there has been ...

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### Empirical estimator for total variation distance between two product distributions

Let $X = (X_1, X_2, \ldots , X_n)$ be an $n$-dimensional random variable, where each $X_i$ is a random variable on finite discrete set $S$. In addition, $X_i$ are independent of each other (but not ...

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### Measures which exhibit the “uncorrelated implies independent” property

Let $X$ be a topological linear space, and let $X^*$ be its dual space. Suppose that $X$ is complete and Hausdorff, and $X^*$ separates points. Let $Y$ be another such space, and let $f : X \to Y$ be ...

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### Understanding the derivation of a ML-estimator (statistics)

I'm trying to understand the derivation of a ML-estimator and more specifically the rewriting of the covariance matrix $\Sigma$. In this rewriting, a lemma is used to show that:
$$
\tag{1} ...