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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 $M_n$ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Applying Anderson's theorem to Spherically symmetric distribution in Stein estimation

The question appears Example 3.1 of the paper "Stein Estimation for Spherically Symmetric Distributions: Recent Developments" ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Sum of non-identical categorical random variables

Is there a named distribution for the sum of non-identical categorical random variables? When the categorical variables are i.i.d., the sum is a multinomial distribution. When the categorical ...
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Empirical estimator fot the total variation distance on a finite space

I have two probability measures $p$ and $p'$ on a finite set $X$ which I do not know precisely, but which I can sample from. I would like to estimate their total variation (omitting multiplier $2$): ...
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What is a likelihood kernel?

The paper, "The Multinomial-Poisson Transformation" by S. Baker (see http://www.math.ntnu.no/inla/r-inla.org/papers/multinomial-poisson.pdf) presents "likelihood kernels" for multinomial variables, ...
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Shrinkage (or Stein's phenomenon) in low dimensions, discrete contexts

I am trying to understand shrinkage, or the Stein phenomenon. As someone without a statistics background, the focus in most introductory presentations on normal distributions and squared error loss ...
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Appropriate histogram comparison distance measure

I am working with hyperspectral image data in R, so I have subset an image to a region of 5000 pixels, each containing a vector 254 bands in length. I would like to cluster this data in order to try ...
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Pair of two-variable polynomial equations of high order

I have the following pair of equations to be solved for two variables $\rho$ and $D$ resulting from a certain Maximum Likelihood Estimation for a time series $X_n > 0$, $n=0, \ldots, N+1$ with $N ...
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Estimating the relation between the covariance of a vector and a monotone function of the same vector

Let $\boldsymbol{X}\in\mathbb{R}^n$ be a random variable with positive entries ($X_i\geq a>0$). I want to characterize the relation between the second moment matrix $\boldsymbol{M}$, defined as $$ ...
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Mean -> Frechet mean, Standard deviation ->?

Given a finite set $A$ of points of a metric space $(X, d)$, I would like to find its mean. A Frechet mean seems appropriate here: $\arg \min_{x \in X} \sum_{a \in A} d(x, a)^2$. I also would like ...
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Inverse Fourier Transform involving a Bessel Function, Exponential, and Power

I'm interested in this integral as a function of $r$ for various spectral densities $S(s)$: $\frac{2 \pi}{r^{p/2}-1} \int_{0}^{\infty} S(s) J_{p/2-1}(2 \pi r s) s^{p/2} ds $, where $J_{p/2-1}$ is a ...
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Markov Chains based on sampled transition probabilities [closed]

If I have a process that transitions between states with some set, unknown probability, I can sample to find the transition probability. This probability is a sample average, with a well understood ...
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Rank of covariance matrix whose diagonal elements are same [closed]

Suppose A is a covariance matrix whose diagonal elements are same, i.e. $A_{1,1}=A_{2,2}=\cdots=A_{N,N}$, can we conclude that A is full rank? Suppose the absolute values of the off-diagonal elements ...
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Rewrite optimization objective

Hi, I wanted to ask, under which conditions can one rewrite the optimization objective $\min_x f(x)\;\;\;s.t.\;\;\;g(x) \leq s$ as $\min_x g(x)\;\;\;s.t.\;\;\;f(x) \leq t$ I have particular ...
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Understanding the rationale behind “batch means” estimation

Hello all, I am implementing an MCMC algorithm for my work, and I've come upon something in the literature which I just can't understand. Specifically, I am attempting to estimate the amount of ...
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envelope function for a linear combination of gaussian distributions

Given a distribution $F$ defined as a linear combination of Gaussian distributions: $F = \sum_{i=1}^n C_i*N(\mu_i,\sigma_i)$ with $\sum_{i=1}^n C_i = 1$ I want to find a Gaussian function $Q = ...
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Convergence to a k-dimensional Gaussian vector

Suppose I have a sequence of stochastic processes $X_{N}(t)$, $N=1,2,3,\ldots$ with mean zero and that I know for every fixed $t$, the random variable $X_{N}(t)$ converges in law to a Gaussian random ...