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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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### sufficient statistics and isometries

Let $(M,g)$ be an infinite dimensional statistical manifold with the Fisher information metric $g$. Is it true that any isometry on this manifold must correspond to a sufficient statistic?

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### Consecutive Primes mod 3

Is anything known asymptotically about the binary "primes mod 3" sequence besides Dirichlet's result that 1 and 2 occur half of the time? For example, can you prove that it does not eventually cycle ...

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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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### Inequality in information theory

I am reading the paper "chain independence and common information" (http://ttic.uchicago.edu/~yury/papers/independ.pdf). In this paper, an inequality is used several times (without proof) which looks ...

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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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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

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71 views

### Monte carlo Method to estimate a proportion

I'd like to use Monte Carlo method to estimate a proportion and I'd like to be sure my idea is correct mathematically speaking.
Let a pool full of red and blue balls.
I'd like to estimate the ...

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votes

**1**answer

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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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votes

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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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votes

**1**answer

119 views

### 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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### How do you calculate a 95% confidence interval for the difference of 2 values? [closed]

Need to know how to calculate a 95% confidence interval of the difference between 2 values.
Information:
...

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vote

**0**answers

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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 ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Eigen value distribution of autocorrelated Wishart matrix

Suppose the matrix W is constructed as $W=XX^T$ where $X_i(t) = \phi_i X_i(t-1) + a_i(t)$, and $a_i(t)$ ~ $N(0,1)$. I am interested in knowing the eigen value distribution of W. My google search on ...

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vote

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### Proof of Von Neumann's debiasing algorithm

Assume you have a source of random binary information that has a bias but no correlation between consecutive bits. John von Neumann describes an algorithm to debias the random source and output a ...

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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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votes

**1**answer

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### Equivalent method for maximum likelihood estimation of covariance parameters

My goal is to estimate the parameters of a covariance matrix $\Omega$, by maximizing the following log-likelihood function:
$$\log L(\vec\tau, \rho, \sigma \mid W, X) = -m\ln(\left | \Omega \right |) ...

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303 views

### What is the maximum entropy distribution on the natural numbers?

On the reals $\mathbb{R}$, the maximum entropy distribution with a given mean and variance is the Gaussian distribution.
Let $\mu, \sigma > 0$. What is the maximum entropy distribution on the ...

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votes

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313 views

### Online estimation of covariance matrix

I am trying to dynamically estimate the (low-dimensional) covariance matrix ${\mathbb E}[{\bf x}_t{\bf x}_t^\top]$ of a stream of data points ${\bf x}_t\in{\mathbb R}^N$ online, without any memory. ...

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vote

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### Uniform Law Of Iterated Logarithm for VC classes

Kenneth Alexander proved a uniform Law Of Iterated logarithm for Vapnik-Chervonenkis classes in the article Probability Inequalities for Empirical Processes and a Law of the Iterated Logarithm (Ann. ...

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vote

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59 views

### Small ball probabilities for functions of correlated normals

Let $f : \mathbb{R}^k \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and let $X$ be distributed k-dimensional normal with mean $0$ (with "arbitrary" covariance matrix). I am looking for references with bounds of the form: ...

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**1**answer

698 views

### Gini Coefficient and Renyi Entropy

Gini coefficient (aka Gini Index) is a quantity used in economics to describe income inequality. It is 0 for uniformly distributed income, and approaches 1 when all income is in hands of one ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Concentration rates for the posterior distribution

Sanov's theorem and Dvoretzky–Kiefer–Wolfowitz's inequality tell us how fast the empirical distribution concentrates around the true underlying probabilty distribution.
What is known about the ...

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votes

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### Bounding the tail of an average using the the tail of individual members

Let $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ be an i.i.d. sequence of $n$ positive random variables with mean $E[X_1]=\mu_X<\infty$ and the second moment $E[X_1^2]=\infty$.
I am interested in upper-bounding ...

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votes

**1**answer

151 views

### Statistical models in terms of families of random variables

A statistical model is a function $P : \Theta \to \Delta(X)$, where $\Theta$ is a parameter space, and $\Delta(X)$ is the set of probability measures on a state space $X$.
Suppose that $\Theta$ and ...

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votes

**1**answer

236 views

### Size of KL-divergence neighbourhoods

I am new here. I was reading another
post
here and this got me wondering what can be said about the size of the following kl divergence neighborhoods.
Consider these two kl-divergence neighbourhood ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Forms of multivariate CLT [closed]

I am looking for a good reference for differnt kinds of multivariate central limit theorems. I was wondering how far the i.i.d. condition of the standard multivariate clt can be relaxed, as in can the ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Renormalised Pearson correlation for multivariate alpha-stable distributions

Assume we have a multivariate $\alpha$-stable distribution $\vec{X}$. Is there a way to define a renormalised version of the Pearson correlation coefficient for $X_i$ and $X_j$? For example, assuming ...

**4**

votes

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### Pettis Integrability and Laws of Large Numbers

Let $(\Omega, \mathcal F, \mathbb P)$ be a probability space, and let $V$ be a topological vector space with a dual space that separates points. Let $v_n : \Omega \to V$ be a sequence of Pettis ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Independence of Eigenvalues of Wishart

This question regards a previous post, but it is not immediately obvious the two are related, so I ask it anyways: are the eigenvalues of a Wishart matrix $\mathbf{S}$ $=$ ...

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votes

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### Concentration inequalities for the maximum of the rescaled/normalized sum of iid random variables

I am interested in concentration inequalities for the maximum of the rescaled/normalized sum of iid random variables.
Let $X_1,..., X_n$ be i.i.d random variables, $S_n$ their centered sum and $M_n$ ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

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### Probability distribution function for singular value sum of Gaussian random matrix

Let $\mathbf{X}$ be an $N \times N$ random matrix with IID Gaussian entries. They can be standard normal, but $N$ is not large: that is $N$ $<$ 6, typically. Call its singular value decomposition ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Order statistics of independent NOT identically distributed random variables

I want to find the p.d.f of the n-th order statistics from a set of independent, but NOT identically distributed random variables $X_1, \dots, X_n$ (the p.d.f. of the $X_i$'s is at hand)

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votes

**1**answer

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### Is this a closed set?

Let $\Theta$ and $X$ be two (Hausdorff) topological spaces. Let $\mathbb P : \Theta \to \Delta(X)$ be a "statistical model", i.e., a continuous function from parameter space $\Theta$ to the space of ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Variance of central limit distribution for $P(x) \sim 1/x^{1+\alpha}$ for finite but large $N$?

Is it known what the next-to-leading order term is in the variance of the central limit distribution for the average of $N$ variables each of which is distributed according to $P(x) \sim ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Central limit theorem for $P(x)\sim 1/x^3$ distribution

I have a random variable $x \in (0,\infty)$ with distribution $P(x)$ falling off slowly $P(x) \sim 1/x^3$ for large $x$. So the expectation value $\bar{x}$ is finite but the second moment $\bar{x^2}$ ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Maximum of a sequence of $n$ positive random variables where variance is an increasing function of $n$

Suppose I have a sequence of $n$ i.i.d. random variables $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$. Each $X_i$ is positive and has variance $\sigma(n)$ that is an increasing function of the number of variables in the ...

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### “Fractional sampling” from a probability distribution

My question concerns an operation on probability distributions which has arisen in some applied research. It is well-defined mathematically (at least in a limited context), but I don't know how to ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

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### Distribute Monte Carlo samples among dimensions

Simplified problem: Given a $d$-times nested convolution of an input function $g(x):\mathbb{R}\mapsto \mathbb{R}$ with the same band-limited smooth function $f(x):\mathbb{R}\mapsto \mathbb{R}$. I am ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Behavior of the sum of the exponents of chi-squared random variables normalized by their maximum

Let $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ be a sequence of $n$ i.i.d. chi-squared random variables with $k$ degrees of freedom, and denote by $X_\max$ the maximum of this sequence. Furthermore, let $k=\omega(1)$ ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Wishart random variables

I have a question about Wishart random variable. If X follows a Wishart distribution, then does X-Y follows a Wishart Distribution if Y is a Hermitian matrix?
Thanks.

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votes

**1**answer

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### Asymptotic behavior of max of chi-squared distribution

Suppose $X_{\max}$ is the maximum in a sequence $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ where each $X_i\sim\chi^2_k$ is an i.i.d. chi-squared random variable with $k$ degrees of freedom.
Since chi squared distribution ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

130 views

### How to calculate eigenvalue density function of $XX^\dagger$ from the density function of X

Let X be a complex random matrix, which has the probability function (drawn from the ensemble) V($XX^\dagger$), where V(x) is some function which guaranties good behavior at infinity. Note the unitary ...

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### How far away is the maximum of $n$ i.i.d. chi-squared random variables from the rest of the sequence as $n$ gets large?

Suppose that I have a sequence of $n$ i.i.d. chi-squared random variables with $k$ degrees of freedom $X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_n$, and denote $X_{\max}=\max(X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_n)$. Let $k$ be increasing ...

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votes

**1**answer

563 views

### 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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votes

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### Inference using Topological Data Analysis: Is it worth it for a regular statistician to learn TDA?

After having read Gunnar Carlsson's http://www.ams.org/journals/bull/2009-46-02/S0273-0979-09-01249-X/S0273-0979-09-01249-X.pdf I feel enthusiastic to use some topological data analysis (TDA) methods ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### Relating percentiles to moments [closed]

There are at least two ways people look at statistical data:
A. For mathematicians, scientists, engineers, economists and such the most familiar distribution parameters would be analytical: mean, ...

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votes

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### Easier reference for material like Diaconis's “Group representations in probability and statistics”

I'm teaching a class on the representation theory of finite groups at the advanced undergrad level. One of the things I'd like to talk about, or possibly have a student do any independent project on ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### diffusions corresponding to estimators

I am an undergraduate math student preparing my thesis. Currently I am reading L.D Brown's (1971) paper Admissible Estimators, Recurrent Diffusions, and Insoluble Boundary Value Problems. Here is a ...