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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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votes

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### Why does differencing create wide-sense stationary time series?

In time series analysis, a common assumption made is that the series is wide-sense stationary, ex. that it has time invariant mean and covariance. However, as this is often not the case in real life, ...

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### Smallest distribution of points with genuinely different clusterings

An hierarchical clustering algorithm for (finite) sets of points in a given metric space is essentially determined by its linkage criterion, which defines the distance between arbitrary (finite) sets ...

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### expectation of log(x+a) when X follows a beta distribution

Is there a closed form expression for the expectation of $\log(x+a)$ (with $a>0$, the case $a=0$ is obvious) when X follows a beta distribution?

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### estimating variance of dependent normal distributed data

Let $X_{ij}$ with $1\leq i<j\leq n$ (that are $X_{12},\dots, X_{1n},\dots,X_{(n-1)n}$) be ${n \choose 2}$ identically normal distributed $N(0,\sigma^2)$ such that
$
\text{corr}(X_{ij},X_{rs})=\rho
...

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votes

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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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### ordinary least square and random projection

Let $X$ a $d \times T$ given matrix and $M$ a $n \times d$ random matrix (say i.i.d. centered coefficients). Define $Y=MX$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $H=Y'(YY')^{-1}Y$ where $'$ denotes the transpose ...

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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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votes

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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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268 views

### What are the Reasons for the Ambiguous Meaning of “Distribution” in Mathematics

The term "distribution" is commonly associated with statistics and, less commonly known, to generalized functions.
Questions:
what is known about the origin of the term in the two fields?
are the ...

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votes

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336 views

### 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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### Incoherence of the row/column span

Due to V.Chandrasekaran., et al (p.11) : In general for any $k$-dimensional subspace of $A_{n×n}$ we have that:
$$\sqrt{(k/n)} \leq incoherence(A)\leq 1$$
where the lower bound is achieved (for ...

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vote

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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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250 views

### 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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votes

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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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votes

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405 views

### 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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votes

**0**answers

79 views

### 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

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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

**0**answers

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### 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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### 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 ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

130 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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vote

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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 ...

**0**

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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### 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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**1**answer

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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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**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

**2**answers

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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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**1**answer

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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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### 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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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 $M_n$ ...

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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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### 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 ...