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### Bivariate skew-normal distribution [on hold]

I'm using the Gaussian distribution as a weight function for solving pde's.
I'm interested in skewing the function. For one-dimensional problems, it was easy to
derive the resulting skewed Gaussian ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### forward algorithm Hidden Markov Model

I am studying the the forward-backward algorithm used in Hidden Markov Models. I understand that that you are trying to propagate through a sequence (and the available states) to find the most ...

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### Estimating the variance of error in empirical approximation to a distribution

Let $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ be i.i.d. random variables in $\mathbb{R}$ with common cumulative distribution function (CDF) $F(x)$. The empirical approximation to $F(x)$ is defined as follows:
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### What is known about the distribution of the errors in empirical approximation of a CDF?

Let $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ be i.i.d. random variables in $\mathbb{R}$ with common cumulative distribution function (CDF) $F(x)$. The empirical approximation to $F(x)$ is defined as follows:
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### Are gaussians with different moments far in total variation distance?

If two Gaussians disagree on one moment, it seems like this should imply that they have a large variation distance--equivalently, if two Gaussians are close in variation distance it's hard for their ...

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### Determine joint distribution from projections

Let $X=(X_1,\dots,X_d)$ be a random vector, and a.s. $X \in [0,1]^d$. Suppose that for every $a \in \mathbb{R}^d$, we know the probability distribution of the random variable $Y_a = <a,X>$. My ...

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### MLRP of random variables and order statistics

Suppose we have $N$ independent random variables $X_1, \cdots, X_N$ drawn from $f_1 > \cdots > f_N$ where $f_i > f_j$ indicates that $f_i$ and $f_j$ satisfy the monotone likelihood ratio ...

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### What kind of random matrices have rapidly decaying singular values?

I've been told that in machine learning it's common to compute the singular value decomposition of matrices in order to throw out all information in the matrix except that corresponding to, say, the ...

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### Deconvolution of sum of two random variables

Let $Z = X + c \cdot Y$ where $X$ and $Y$ are independent random variables drawn form the same distribution given by the pdf $g()$ and $0 < c < 1$
I have observations of $Z_i$'s and thus can ...

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### How to perform Importance Sampling with Prior Information

Let us define a random variable $X$ with density function $p(x)$. We wish to calculate $\mathbb{E}[f(X)] = \int f(x)p(x)dx$. We can compute the expectation by Monte Carlo simulations as
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### Fitting distribution to spatial data

I am studying a physical process generating data which projects nicely into two dimensions with non-negative values. Each process has a (projected) track of $x$-$y$ points -- see the image below.
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### Generating independent random variable from two correlated random variables

Suppose two random variables $X$ and $V$ are given. I am wondering what kind of condition we need to impose on joint distribution of $V$ and $X$ to make sure that there exists a random variable $Z$ ...

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### Sum of covariance matrix of products of dependent variables

Consider the sequences of random variables $\{X_i\}_{i=1}^n$ and $\{Y_i\}_{i=1}^n$, as well as the corresponding sequence of products, $\{X_i Y_i\}_{i=1}^n$. All $X_i$ share the same mean value, ...

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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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### Is a fair lottery possible?

I'm trying to come up with a scheme for a lottery where each individual has roughly the same chance of becoming the winner, regardless of the number of tickets one holds. So no individual should have ...

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### How to sample uniformly from singular matrices

I would like to uniformly sample from all singular $n$ by $n$ Bernoulli matrices (that is each entry is $1$ or $0$ with probability $1/2$). I could of course just sample from all $n$ by $n$ Bernoulli ...

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### Maximization of a total variation distance subject to another total variation distance in Markov chain

Suppose two dependent random variables $X$ and $V$ from finite alphabets $\mathcal{V}$ and $\mathcal{X}$ with known joint and marginal distributions are given. Let $P_{XV}$ and $P_X$ and $P_V$ are the ...

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### Quantile convergence

Let $X^1,\dots,X^n$ be a sample of (not necessarily iid) random variables and denote
$$F^n(x)=\frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^n \mathbf 1_{X^i\leq x}$$
the empirical distribution function. Suppose that we know ...

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### Weak ergodicity of nonhomogenous products of 0-1 matrices

Here is a question which probably has a negative answer, but I couldn't find any literature directly on it.
Let $(A_n)$ be a sequence of rectangular 0-1 matrices (that is, the entries are restricted ...

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### Deviation bound for the maximum of the norm of Wiener process

Let $W(t)$ be an $n$-dimensional Wiener process. Denote by $\chi_n^2$ a chi-squared random variable with $n$ degrees of freedom. I have recently found the following inequality given without proof:
$$
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### Expected rank of players in a Bradley-Terry round-robin tournament

Let $[n]$=$\{1,\dots,n\}$ be a set of players in a round-robin tournament. Each player $i$ has an associated skill parameter, $\lambda_{i}$, and the probability that player $i$ defeats player $j$ is ...

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### What is the range of a positive random variable after whitening?

Let ${\bf x}\in\mathbb R^N$ be a positive multivariate random variable, i.e.
$$x_i\in [0,\infty).$$
What is the range after whitening, i.e. the range of ${\bf y} = \sqrt{C}^{-1}{\bf x}$ with the ...