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Handwaving explanation of “unit root” sought [on hold]

I am struggling to get my head around the concept of "unit root" in relation to time series. And it would be a great help if someone could give me a two or three sentence handwaving explanation of the ...
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How can I calculate the significance of an acquisition test campaign on Facebook by using chi-squared test? [on hold]

Should I use number of installs and spending or should I use impression and install numbers in Chi-Squared Test (Evan's Awesome A/B Tools)? Here is the link of the ...
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How to calculate math expectation [on hold]

How to calculate math expectation of maximum of difference between two lognormal random variable: E[max(X-Y,0)] =? How to proceed?
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Combining Pearson correlations [on hold]

I have variables a, b, c, x I know sample values A, B, C, but not X I know Pearson correlations pairwise: ax, bx, cx (and ab, ac, bc too if it helps) Now what is the most likely value for X? ...
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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 ...
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Batch Markov Arrival Process - Computing Ps(t) [closed]

Suppose to have a queue $Q$ that represents a finite size buffer. We have multiple arrivals to the queue with the same arrival rate $\alpha$. Every group that comes to the queue can have a maximum ...
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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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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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Kaplan-Meier estimator for mixtures

Let $\mathbf F=(F_1,\ldots ,F_m)^\top$ be a vector of continuous CDFs and $W$ is a matrix of weight coefficients, such that: $W\in \operatorname{Mat}_{n\times m}([0,1])$ $\forall i\in [n]:\sum ...
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Evenly selected Order Statistic? [closed]

I'm now studying Non-parametric methods in statistics, especially Order Statistics. I saw a sentence that says "Order statistic $X_1$ to $X_n$ should be selected evenly" And I'm now curious about ...
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Coordinates Poisson Cluster parent point

Is there any method to know the position of parent point in 'Poisson Cluster Process'? For information I use data with poisson distribution. data consist of (longitude, latitude, date). I want ...
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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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Sum of the entries of the inverse covariance matrix

Let $T \in\left(0,1\right)$, $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and $e_n = [1,\ldots,1]\in\mathbb{R}^n$. Consider the covariance matrix $\mathfrak{A}_n = ...
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How to sample from the ratio between two distributions?

I want to sample a lot of $\theta$s from the density function below: $$ r(\theta) = \frac{prior(\theta)}{Z}\frac{\int p(\theta,z_1)dz_1}{\int q(\theta,z_2)dz_2} $$ where $Z$ is the constant for ...
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Continuity of a Functional

A certain functional $T$ is defined as: $$T(F)=\int_{(0,1)}F^{-1}(s)M(ds)$$ where $M$ is a probability measure with support $[\alpha,1-\alpha]$,for $\alpha>0$. The result that above functional is ...
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Characterizing space that preserves positive-definiteness property

Given a symmetric positive-definite matrix $\Sigma$, consider the space $\mathcal{D}$ of diagonal matrices such that $\forall D\in\mathcal{D}$, the matrix $\Sigma-D\Sigma^{-1}D$ is positive definite. ...
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Third order central moment of a positive linear combination of log-normal random variables

What is the sign (+tive/-tive) of the third order central moment of a positive linear combination of log-normal random variables? It seems to be a common notion that the skewness of random variables ...
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How to construct a linear regression model with an unbalanced sample design?

A relatively simple question, but I cannot seem to find anything relevant to this. In fact, I'm not even sure of "unbalanced design" is even the right terminology here, but it was suggested to me. ...
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Strong Law of Large Numbers for arrays of partly dependent random variables

Suppose $X_1$, $X_2$ are two independent real-valued random variables. Let $F$ be a continuous (unbounded) function from $\mathbb{R^2}$ to $\mathbb{R}$. Assume that the necessary measurability and ...
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Donsker's Theorem for triangular arrays

I should mention that I already posed this question on Math Stack Exchange, but didn't receive much feedback. Assume we have a sequence of smooth i.i.d. random variables $(X_i)_{i=1}^{\infty}$. Given ...
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Table with the most seated customers in Chinese restaurant process

Suppose we have some initial configuration of people seated at some tables. We start taking new customers and seat them following Chinese restaurant process. Is there some known work on finding the ...
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Is it possible to find an asymptotic distribution for the LRT without the ML estimators being consistent?

I'm reading a comment(last page) to a paper, and the author states that sometimes, even though the estimators (found by ML or maximum quasilikelihood) may not be consistent, the test may be ...
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How to check if a symmetric random variables is the difference of two iid symmetric random variables

I have the continuous symmetric random variable $X$ in $\mathbb{R}$. If I know its distribution function $F(x)$ what are the conditions on $F(x)$ so that $X=Y_1 - Y_2$ where $Y_i$ are also iid ...
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What is the Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension of sigmoidal functions? [migrated]

Consider the following class of functions: $F=\{f_w:R^d \rightarrow [a,b], f_w(x)=\sigma(w^Tx), \forall x\in R^d\}$, where $\sigma(\cdot)$ is a sigmoidal function (e.g. tanh, or sigmoid so it has ...
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In what sense is the Bayesian posterior mean a “convex combination”?

I asked this on math.stackexchange with no response, I'm hoping someone here might have something. Suppose I want to estimate $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ from two signals with zero mean, normally ...
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Rademacher complexity of a Lipschitz class: Are the boundedness constraints necessary?

Consider the following function class: $F={f:R^d\rightarrow [a,b], f(x)=\sigma(w^Tx)}$ where $\sigma(.)$ is Lipschitz, and $w\in R^d$ is a parameter vector. The problem I'm working on is a machine ...
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Finding a general form of the density function when we have a four dimensional random variable

Consider a subject having time of the specific event $T_i$, which is a single sample from a distribution $F_i$ with density $f_i$ and support $[t_{\min},t_{\max}]$, for $i= 1,\ldots,n$. Let these ...
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Expectation of exp(-1/(ax^2)) when x is a standard normal variable and a>0 is a parameter [closed]

I would like to know if the mean value of $\exp(-1/(ax^2)) $ when $x \sim N(0,1)$ and $a>0$ is a parameter is known.
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Earth mover/Wasserstein distance between a pdf and an empirical distribution

This question is inspired by this much older question: Convergence of an empirical distribution w.r.t. the Hellinger distance Let $P$ be a continuous probability distribution on a compact subset of ...
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Estimating the number of clusters

For a collection of points in $\mathbb{R}^n$, is there a statistic that I can compute which will estimate the number of clusters with some level of confidence?
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Closure of random rotations

Are matrix Fisher random variables closed under multiplication? For those unfamiliar with the jargon, let me unpack the terms above and repose my question. This is a question about probability ...
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A. Markov's papers?

A. Markov published several papers on his chains, starting in 1906, so it is written, in the journal: (1) Извѣстія Физико-математического общества при Казанском университете I am surprised by the ...
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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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Consistent price index

This question came out of a discussion with a colleague from economics about price indices. Here is MattF's formulation of the question which differs somehow from the original problem. Let ...
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What is quantum Brownian motion?

It seems that the current state of quantum Brownian motion is ill-defined. The best survey I can find is this one by László Erdös, but the closest the quantum Brownian motion comes to appearing is in ...
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Proof for power-law tail of Poisson-Dirichlet distribution (Pitman-Yor process & Zipf's law)

I'm trying to understand the motivation of using Pitman-Yor (PY) processes in language modeling, in particular Teh's hierarchical LM based on PY processes. A motivation frequently stated in research ...
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Is there an efficient algorithm for sampling from the negative hypergeometric distribution? [closed]

I'm writing a small statistics library currently. One of the algorithms I'm implementing has two variants: one that samples the hypergeometric distribution and one that samples the negative ...
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Is a function of complete statistics again complete?

suppose $T$ is a complete stats for a parameter $\theta$. Is any function $f(T)$ again complete? It sounds weird but the definition seems to confirm that $f(T)$ is indeed complete..
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Bounds on Product of CDF or Beta function

I have functions of the form \begin{align} I_i = \int_0^\infty F_0(x)^aF_1(x)^b(1-F_0(x))^c(1-F_1(x))^ddF_i(x)~~~~i = 0,1 \end{align} $F_0(x)$ and $F_1(x)$ are CDFs corresponding to the random ...
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Mean and variance of a general multivariate skew normal distribution

I have a problem about a general multivariate skew normal distribution. There is a $p\times 1$ vector, $\mathbf{y}=(\mathbf{y}_1',\mathbf{y}_2',\ldots,\mathbf{y}_n')',p>n$, which has the density as ...
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Linear least squares with unordered response variable

In the classical linear regression model one considers the equation $$ y = X \beta + \epsilon.$$ I was wondering whether there are also results when the ordering of the response variable $y$ is not ...
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Correlation between spatial variables

I am trying to understand what type of statistical test I can use to check if two or more variables that vary spatially are correlated. Suppose I have data acquired inside a company building, e.g., ...
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How to extend Dirichlet distribution to Dirichlet process

For a Dirichlet process, there are two parameter $\alpha$ and $H$, and the Dirichlet process $X$ is defined as $$(X(B_1),\cdots,X(B_n))\sim Dir(\alpha H(B_1),\cdots,\alpha H(B_n))$$ ...
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Merging regions of function with similar mean and deviation using statistical test

I have got a question related to statistical tests that I would like to use in a new algorithm I am developing. Given an action space $x$, the algorithm would identify the regions in the function ...
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Distribution of Wishart Sample Eigenvalues for Multiple Roots

I am interested in finding an asymptotic approximation to the latent roots $l_1>\dots>l_p$ of a white noise Wishart matrix $nS\sim W_p(n,I)$ as $n\rightarrow\infty$ (where $p$ is fixed). In ...
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Proof of no unbiased estimation of standard deviation.

It is well known that for iid random variables $X_1, \ldots, X_n$ with variance $\sigma^2$ that $$\frac{1}{n-1} \sum_{i=1}^n (X_i - \overline X)^2$$ gives an unbiased estimator for $\sigma^2$, but ...
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Unbiased sample from a product

Let $X = (x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ be an i.i.d sample from distribution $F%$ and let $y = \prod_{i=1}^n x_i$ Can we derive a randomized, unbiased. estimator $\hat{y}$ of $y$ that on average considers only a ...
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Random Vornoi Diagrams (particular measures)

This is my second question about Random Voronoi diagrams, in my first question was given some excellent advice but i was not clear in explaining what i was looking for. I'm interested to know ...
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Random Voronoi Diagrams

I'm interested in what research has already been done with regards to the statistics of random voronoi diagrams. I have had a look on google scholar and results are a little inconclusive. I'm ...