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### Generate Bernoulli vector with given covariance matrix

I am from different background, so please forgive me if the answer is so well known.
Let $C=(c_{ij})$ be a given $n\times n$ matrix. Do we have a way to generate samples of random Bernoulli vectors ...

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### Kullback Leibler “variance”: does that divergence have a name?

If you consider two probability distributions $p$ and $q$, one way to measure the distance between the two is the Kullback-Leibler divergence:
$$KL(p,q)=\int p \log (p/q) = E_p(\log p/q)$$
and this ...

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### Bounds on the probability of k-of-n events in terms of bounds on single and pairwise probabilities

Let $A_1,\dotsc,A_n$ be events in a probability space, and let $N = \sum_{i=1}^n \mathbf{1}_{A_i}$ be the random number of events that occur. For a fixed value $k \in \{1,\dotsc,n\}$, what can be ...

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### Expected value (probability) maximization with binomial distribution

I need to solve an optimization problem that involves an expected value like
$$F(n,x) = \sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n}{k} p^k(1 - p)^{n - k} f(k,x).$$
Here $f(k,x)$ is actually a probability coming from a ...

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### A question concerning distribution of $\mathbf{Y}/\|\mathbf{Y}\|_2$ where $\mathbf{Y}\sim \mathcal{N}(\boldsymbol{\mu},\mathbf{I})$

I know that when $\mathbf{Y}\sim\mathcal{N}(\mathbf{0},\mathbf{I})$, $\mathbf{Y}/\|\mathbf{Y}\|_2$ is distributed uniformly on the unit sphere. But to my surprise, I failed to find a simple closed ...

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### Finding the distribution of a random variable numerically with sample data? [closed]

Just a thought that I had recently. Suppose given discrete data points for a random variable, could one numerically generate the probability function values at these discrete values? I tried looking ...

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### What can be said about the concentration of measure of product of Gaussian variables?

I have a set of random variables $X_1,\ldots,X_n$, all Gaussian with mean 0 and variance 1, indepedent. Let $p(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ be some polynomial that takes products and sums of $x_1,\ldots,x_n$.
...

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### Is there some kind of lower bound for estimation error of the estimation of (near) low-rank matrices in high-dimension?

I'm reading S.Negahban and M.J.Wainright's paper, ESTIMATION OF (NEAR) LOW-RANK MATRICES WITH NOISE AND HIGH-DIMENSIONAL SCALING. In the paper, they give a upper bound for estimation error of the ...

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### variance of compound binomial distributions

The below is motivated by a problem I'm observing in my experimental data
I have m boxes, where each box is supposed to contain k molecules of mRNA. The measurement process includes labeling all the ...

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### What is the concentration of measure for Gaussian random variables which are independent, but are transformed?

This might be a too easy question for Mathoverflow, but Googling led to similar questions and answers here (though not the one I was looking for).
The question is split into two:
I have a matrix $X ...

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### How do you use the bits you get back from Bits Back Coding?

Bits Back coding is a scheme to transmit an observation x.
You can read about it here [1]. To my understanding, it works like this:
The encoder samples a message z from a distribution Q(z|x) that it ...

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52 views

### Recursive parameter estimation for partially observed Ito SDEs

I'm trying to get my head around online (recursive) maximum-likelihood parameter estimation in the language of stochastic processes and in the context of stochastic filtering, i.e. where we have a ...

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**1**answer

214 views

### Are such averages known with representations of $S_n$?

Like is there a sense in which one can quantify that for two group elements (in different conjugacy classes) their characters are "close" for some fixed irreducible representation? (feel free to ...

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### Expectation of Mahalanobis norm

Let $(g_i)_{i=1,...,d}$ sampled i.i.d. from a standard Gaussian, and $(\lambda_i)_{i=1,...,d}$ non-random s.t. $\max_i(\lambda_i)=1$ and $\lambda_i>0, \forall i$.
I am looking for the expectation ...

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249 views

### A Generalized Version of Maximal Correlation and Hypercontractivity of Conditional Expectation Operator

Given a pair of random variables $(X,Y)$ over a product space $\mathcal{X}\times \mathcal{Y}$, the maximal correlation coefficient is defined as
...

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145 views

### Does Schatten-p (quasi-)norm satisfy the norm inequality for 0<p<1?

I'm reading the paper by ANGELIKA ROHDE AND ALEXANDRE B. TSYBAKOV, ESTIMATION OF HIGH-DIMENSIONAL LOW-RANK MATRICES.
And in the paper, they provide an inequation of the Schatten-p (quasi-)norm, ...

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### Implication of MGF inequality

Let X and Y be two random variables. Denote by $F_X(x)$ and $F_Y(y)$ their CDFs and by $M_X(t)$ and $M_Y(t)$ their MGFs.
It is known that X and Y have the same CDF iff they have the same MGF.
My ...

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### Do all positive distributions on $N$ variables factor pairwise?

The Hammersley-Clifford theorem says that any positive probability distribution satisfies one of the Markov properties with respect to an undirected graph G if and only if its density can be ...

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### Rate-Distortion theory: What is the distribution of distortion on an optimal Gaussian encoder?

If we wish to encode a gaussian source, $X\sim\mathcal{N}(0,\sigma^2)$ at rate $R$, then decode it to create an estimate $\hat{X}$, rate-distortion theory tells us that the lowest mean-squared-error ...

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### Converse for Levy's continuity theorem

Levy's continuity theorem states that, for a sequence of random variables $\{X_n\}$ with characteristic functions $\{\varphi_n(t)\}$ and a random variable $X$ with a characteristic function ...

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197 views

### Computing probability that $Ax\geq0$ where $x$ is a vector of iid gaussians and $A$ is matrix of $1$s and $0$s

This question came up in my research: What is the probability that $Ax\geq0$ where $x$ is a vector of iid gaussians and $A$ is matrix of $1$s and $0$s?
So far I only figured out that I can do Monte ...

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### Subclass of semimartingales for which all characteristics can be estimated?

I'm going to ask the question for Ito semimartingales rather than semimartingales in general, but more general answers would be great.
An Ito semimartingale is a martingale for which the ...

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115 views

### Reducing eigenvalues of symmetric PSD matrix towards 0: effect on ratios of original matrix elements?

Let $\boldsymbol{S}$ be $k \times k$ positive semi-definite real symmetric matrix with eigen decomposition $\boldsymbol{S} = \boldsymbol{X} \boldsymbol{\Lambda} \boldsymbol{X}'$ ...

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### Derivation of gradient of SSE in Geodesic Regression

On page 79 (or page 5) of this this paper the gradient of the SSE of the Geodesic model is described explicitly. My question is how are these equitations derived in detail; where can I find the ...

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316 views

### Generalized expression for balls and bins problem

$n$ number of balls are thrown randomly to $m$ number of bins, standing in a row. The balls are labeled as $1,2,3,....n$ and bins are also labeled as $1,2,3,...,m$. The probability of $i_{th}$ ball ...

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### power laws emerging from the sandpile model

Is there a rigorous proof that the abelian sandpile model generates a power law distribution of avalanche lengths?

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### Square root of normal distribution

Let $X$ and $Y$ be independent random variates with the same probability distribution, $P(x)$. Assuming that the product $Z=XY$ is a random variate with normal distribution, say $$f_Z(x) = ...

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### How to decide a value of learning rate for Stochastic Gradient Descent?

I'd like to know how to decide a value of learning rate for Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD), such as $\eta$ on the following parameter update iteration equation,
$w_{i+1} = w_i + -\eta \nabla ...

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### Maximum likelihood estimation with several distributions

My question concerns using Maximum likelihood to estimate unknown parameters used by several (poisson) distributions.
The parameters are the pairs $(a_1,b_1),\dots,(a_N,b_N)$, and for each pair ...

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### Reference on (discrete) log-concave probability distributions

A discrete distribution $p$ over $\mathbb{N}$ is said to be log-concave if it satisfies the following conditions:
The support of $p$ is a contiguous interval, i.e. $\exists a \leq b$ s.t. $p_i > ...

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### How to fit a stochastic matrix to given data.?

Given a data sequence of noisy observations of a 3-state Markov chain $X$ -- $y_1$,$y_2$,...$y_n$, with two transition matrices $A_1$ and $A_2$ corresponding to different regions (**) in the (unit) ...

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### Inequality with CDF of order statistics

here is a problem I have been struggling with for a while now. This is for a paper I am working on. Any help would be appreciated! Here we go:
Each bidder's valuation $\theta _{i},$ $i=1,...,N$, is ...

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536 views

### Applications of cohomology to probability and statistics

Are there interesting/useful applications of cohomology (and homological algebra in general) to probability and statistics, or information theory?
By "interesting/useful", I mean "not merely ...

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157 views

### What is the sum capacity of a scalar gaussian broadcast channel?

"On the Achievable Throughput of a Multiantenna Gaussian Broadcast Channel" by Giuseppe Carie and Shlomo Shamai talks, in part, about the following type of link (paraphrasing):
A transmitter with ...

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### assumptions on local rademacher complexities

A lot of the work on Local Rademacher complexities of Koltchinskii, and Bartlett for fast rates of convergence is based on Bousquet's version of Talagrand's inequality [1] (Theorem 2.11). However the ...

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### What's the variance in the Six Degrees model?

Recall the six degrees of Kevin Bacon game. You can even play the game at The Oracle of Bacon, and their search works via Breadth First Search.
I interpret the punchline as saying that if I start ...

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332 views

### An integral with respect to the Haar measure on a unitary group

Let $A,D\in \mathbb{C}^{n \times n}$ be diagonal matrices. I need to calculate
$$\int_{U(n)}\det{(A-HDH^\dagger)}\,\mathrm{d}H$$
where $dH$ is the unit invariant Haar measure on the group of unitary ...

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### Continuous self-information

Let $I(X,Y)$ be the mutual information between two continuous random variables $X$ and $Y$.
We have $I(X,Y) = H(X)-H(X|Y)$, and setting $X=Y$ leads to $I(X,X) = H(X)-H(X|X)$. If $X$ was discrete, ...

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### distances-based dispersion measuring approach

Is there any known approach or method to measure the dispersion of a set depending on the distances between its points (i.e.: without calculating the average or the mean) ?
thanks.

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### Bound the expectation of trace norm of random Hermitian matrix

Suppose $H_i$ are traceless $d\times d$ Hermitians, $X_i$ are Standard normal distribution for $1\leq i\leq d^2$.
We would like to bound the following expectation on the trace norm
...

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### 1-wasserstein distance v.s. total variation distance

Suppose that $\mu_1$ and $\mu_2$ are two distributions defined on $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $\gamma$ is a symmetric distribution (around $0$) on $\mathbb{R}^n$ with compact support. Let $\gamma_x$ denote the ...

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519 views

### Statistical distance between discrete and continuous distributions

Are there any statistical distance functions that are capable of comparing a continuous and a discrete distribution? From reading this list
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistical_distance
the only ...

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### Integral over conditioning variable of a Gaussian

The marginal of a multivariate Gaussian can be computed in closed form, i.e.,
$p(x) = \int_y \mathcal{N}((x,y);\mu,\Sigma)\ dy$
is simple. But what I need is
$L(x) = \int_y \mathcal{N}((x\mid y); ...

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### Does bounding moments make distributions close in total variation distance?

Let $W\sim\mathcal{N}(0,\sigma^2)$ be a "reference" Gaussian random variable.
Suppose I have a set of distributions, $\mathcal{W}$, where $W_a\in\mathcal{W}$ if it satisfies the following criteria:
...

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### Lower bound on difference between polynomials at moderate distance

Fix $r > 0$ and $k, n \in \mathbb{N}$. Also consider a function $f: \mathbb{R}^{d} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. Let $x_{1},\ldots, x_{n+1}$ be points chosen uniformly from $[-r,r]^{d}$. For $1 \leq i ...

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### PDF of the product of normal and Cauchy distributions

I am having trouble in finding out the resulting PDF of the product of normal and Cauchy distributions. It turns out that we have a general formula for calculating the PDF of product of two random ...

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### What are some examples of isotrophic sets?

What are some examples of isotrophic sets? and is there a "good" way to describe them?
Isotrophic meaning that a random vector X uniformly distributed in the set has the isotrophic property for all ...

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### What does it mean when we say we have computed a number to a certain accuracy using a probabilistic algorithm?

My intention is to ask a general question about probabilistic (Monte Carlo) algorithms. But to keep things simple, I will focus on a few specific examples.
Let me start the discussion with ...

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### limit distribution of multinomial distribution with increasing categories

If $\bf{X} \sim \text{multi}(n,p)$ with $k$ categories, we know
$$ \sqrt{n}\left( \frac{\bf{X}}{n} - \bf{p} \right) \rightarrow^D N(0,\Sigma),$$
where $\bf{X}=(X_1,\ldots,X_k)^T$ and ...

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### Inverse of the covariance of the estimate of a covariance

I have a covariance matrix, $V_{ij}$, which (for reasons that aren't important) I'm going to call the visibilities. I have an estimator for the visibilities $\hat V_{ij}$, and I've derived that the ...