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### Let X be a Geometric (1/4) and Y be a Geometric (1/2) be two independent random variables [on hold]

Let X be a Geometric (1/4) and Y be a Geometric (1/2) be two independent random variables.
Obtain the conditional distribution of Y , given that X - Y = 1. The Answer I got was one. However, I just ...

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### information measure for matrix that is analogous to rank

Is there a measure for matrix that is analogous to rank of the matrix, but it is continuous on matrix elements? Say, we could say the information in identity matrix $I_n$ is $n$, and when the off-...

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### Convexity of truncated expectation

Let $k, n$ be two positive integers with $k \leq n$, and let $P = \{ (x_1, \dots, x_n) \in [0, 1]^n : \sum_i x_i = k \}$.
Given $x = (x_1, x_2, \dots, x_n) \in P$, let $X_i$ be the random variable ...

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### What is the mathematics behind the random experiment which produces the data with this strange property?

I have a following scenario. there is a huge collection of data resulting from a random experiment $E$ (I do not say random variable yet, for reasons that you will need to explain in your answer). Let ...

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### Nonparametric estimation in diffusion

Fan and Wang
In the above paper, the Authors provide estimators for the squared spot volatility process $\left(\sigma^{2}_{t}\right)_{t\geq 0}$.
My question is how to find estimators for the process ...

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### Generalizing an expected increase in autocorrelation near a bifurcation point to a system of ODE

Near a bifurcation point, a stochastically forced dynamical system should show an increase in autocorrelation and variance. This is due to critical slowing (a loss in resilience to perturbations). ...

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### Distribution of maximum of random walk conditioned to stay positive

I have an $n$ step random walk which starts at zero $X_0 = 0 = S_0$ where the steps $X_i$ are independent uniform random variates in $[-1,1]$, but the walk is conditioned on the hypothesis that it ...

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### Deriving PDF from Lorenz Curve

My data is organized as bins, with the total value of the variable (wages) specified. i.e For example, for people with income between $10k-$30k, total wages add up to $15 million (say).
This data can ...

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### Discretization of a continuous distribution

For a research project I work with continuous distributions, like the normal distribution. In my use case however the random variable Z generally follows a normal distribution, though it can only take ...

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### Why is the classical secretary problem about ranks?

This relates here: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1820997/why-is-the-classical-secretary-problem-about-ranks
You want to stop optimal in a sequence of items presented sequentially, that is ...

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### The necessary sufficient condition for recurrence of a Markovian random walk

Suppose $\sigma_{1},\sigma_{2},...$are i.i.d random variables.$S_{0}=0$. Define $S_{n}=S_{0}+\sum_{i=1}^{n}\sigma_{i}$, then ${S_{n}}$ is a Markovian random walk.
I want to figure out the necessary ...

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### System of stochastic equations

I want to know if this system of SDE: $$dX_{t}=b(X_{t})dt+\sigma( X_{t}) dB_{t}$$
$$dY_{t}=b_{0}(Y_{t})dt+\sigma( Y_{t}) dB_{t}$$...

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### Stochastic Covering Number of a Convex Set

Consider a convex set, say $S = [0,1]^d$. Let $X_1, X_2,\ldots,X_n, \ldots$ be i.i.d. random variables that are uniformly distributed on $S$. Denote the Euclidean ball centered at $x \in \mathbb{R}^2$ ...

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### Estimating $E[X ; A]$ where $A$ is, e.g., an inter-quantile range

Estimating $E[X]$ from i.i.d. copies $X_1,X_2,\dotsc$ of a random variable $X$ with unknown distribution $P$ is well studied, obviously. When $X$ has extremely large variance, the Monte Carlo ...

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### The geometric median of a solid triangle

Let $\Omega\subset \mathbb R^n$ be a compact subset of dimension $n$. Define the geometric median on $\Omega$ as the point $m_{\Omega}\in \mathbb R^n$ such that the integral $\int_{\Omega}|x-m_{\Omega}...

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### Posterior consistency of non linear model

This is possibly a reference request. Let $G$ : $\mathbb{R}^p \to \mathbb{R}^q$ be a continuous injective/bijective function. Let $\mu$(we may also assume this to be a non degenerate Gaussian) be ...

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### The James–Stein estimator - counterintuitive estimation of the mean. What means it is better than least squares ? (Understanding Wikipedia)

Background James-Stein estimator and Stein's phenomenon, as described in Wikipedia are rather counterintuitive and amazing.
It is claimed that if one wants to estimate the mean $\Theta$ of
Gaussian ...

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### Covariance of order statistics [closed]

I'm a researcher in social science and I have encountered the following math formulation of a problem in my field. Note that I have also posted on math.stackoverflow, but given that this seems to be ...

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### Conjugate prior of the Dirichlet distribution?

What is the conjugate prior distribution of the Dirichlet distribution?

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### Distance metric between two sample distributions (histograms)

Context: I want to compare the sample probability distributions (PDFs) of two datasets (generated from a dynamical system). These datasets depend on a set of parameters, and I want a concise way to ...

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### Show this function is strictly concave

Please help me show that $f(w)$ is strictly concave in $w\in[0,\infty)$:
$f(w)=\sum_{j=1}^N P_j (w)\cdot u_j $
where
$P_j (w)=\sqrt{w}\int _{-\infty}^{\infty}\Pi_{k\neq j}\{\Phi[\sqrt{w}(v-u_k)]\}...

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### connection between the statistical properties of a scalar field and its columns

Consider a scalar field $s:[0,1]^3 \to \mathbb{R}$ and its "column" field
\begin{equation}
c: [0,1]^2 \to \mathbb{R}: (x,y) \mapsto \int_0^1 s(x,y,z) \,\mathrm{d}z.
\end{equation}.
What can be said ...

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### Product of lognormal random variables

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be two normal random variables. Write $X_1\sim N(\mu_1, \sigma^2_1)$ and $X_2\sim N(\mu_2, \sigma^2_2)$, to fix ideas.
Consider the corresponding log-normal random variables: $...

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### Do product distributions (or graph products) eventually cluster as more products are taken?

Say we have a joint distribution on a finite alphabet $\mathcal{X}\times \mathcal{Y}$. It could be a communication link where we want to send a random message $X$ over a channel, but it gets garbled ...

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### Concentration of U-statistics for exchangable distributions (and the unbounded case)

Consider the following so-called $U$-statistic of order 2: $$U = \frac1{\binom{m}{2}} \sum_{i < j} h(w_i,w_j)$$ where $w_1,\dots,w_m$ are IID from some distribution and $h$ is symmetric. If $|h(w_1,...

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### Can samples be compressed?

The Fisher information of a random variable $Y$ about a parameter $\theta$ upon which the probability of $Y$ depends is:
$\mathcal{I}_Y(\theta)= -E\left[\left.\strut \frac{\partial^2}{\partial \theta^...

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### Coin Pusher Game

While doing laundry at my local laundromat, I saw a coin pusher game. Below is a picture, and here is a video depicting how it works (disregard non-coins).
Essentially, one has a distribution of ...

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### Experimental Investigations on the Statistics of Infinite, Discrete, Evenly Distributed Pointsets in the Euclidean Plane

I am trying to estimate the distribution of certain planar polygons in the Euclidean plane; to accomplish that, I generate finite set of points, that are evenly distributed in w.l.o.g. the $[0,1)\...

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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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### Moments of function of Poisson process

(I'm new to Poisson processes, so please edit if my terminology is incorrect.)
Edit: per comments, here is a (more) general version of the originally posted problem (which is now at the bottom, below ...

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### Convergence of an rcll process along a random subsequence

I have a process $X_s$, for $s \ge 0$, taking values in a Polish space $T$ with an rcll version where I have shown, for every nonrandom increasing sequence $s_n$, that $X_{s_n} \to c$ in probability, ...

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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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### What is the order of the constant $K$ in the multidimensional Dvoretzky-Kiefer-Wolfowitz inequality($Ke^{-c z}$)?

Let $F_n$ be the empirical distribution obtained from an i.i.d. sample
of the distribution $F:R ^d \to [0, 1]$.
Kiefer (1961) shows that the convergence of the empirical distribution is like
$$
P\left(...

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### Why 1.5IQR whiskers in boxplot? [closed]

Hi math people.
I'm in the process of analyzing some data that I collected through an experiment. The data are (somewhat) normally distributed and I represent the different data-sets using boxplot, ...

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### Limit theorem : reproduce a proof with an adaption from discrete to continuous time

Im considering Theorem 5.2.2 in M. Sørensen "Exponential Families of stochastic processes".
The setup is as follows:
We have a Levy-Process $X_t$ fullfilling the CLT
\begin{align}
\sqrt{t}(X_t/t-E(...

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### Basic Monte Carlo Integral Approximation

On the very first page of a well-known book on Monte Carlo techniques, there is the following statement. Let
\begin{equation}
I = \int_D g(\textbf{x})d\textbf{x},
\end{equation}
where $D \subset \...

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### Literature on transformed Gaussian matrices

I am considering real $n$-by-$m$ matrices of the following type:
$$
M=SM^\prime,\\
M^\prime_{ij}\sim^{iid}N(0,1).
$$
Here, $S$ is a fixed $n$-by-$n$ matrix and the entries of $M^\prime$ (same size ...

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### Choosing a sample based on where the density function is highest

Is there a name for the following process?
Say I have an absolutely continuous probability density function $f$ with compact support, and I take $k$ independent samples $x_1,\dots,x_k$ from $f$. ...

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### Is there a closed form expression for $E(X e^{-\mu \sqrt{X}})$, where $X\sim Poisson(\lambda)$ and $\mu >0$?

Is there any closed form expression for $E(X e^{- \mu \sqrt{X}})$, where $X\sim Poisson(\lambda)$ and $\mu >0$? If not, is there any tight upper bound for this quantity? Any idea how to proceed?

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### A question about probabilistic graphical models

Say one is given a probabilistic graphical model and a cut of the underlying graph. Do we know any statements about when and how can one or many of the marginals (of the sources) or the conditionals (...

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### 2-step sampling from a conditional density

The setting is as follows:
We are given two random variables $X : \Omega \to \mathbb{R}$ and $\Theta : \Omega \to T$ for some 'parameter space' $T \subset \mathbb{R}$, and
1) we know the density of $...

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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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### Adaptive refinement of integral domain

In electromagnetics we need to calculate the radiated power which is defined as something like
$P_r=\int_0^{2\pi}\int_0^{\pi}R(\theta,\phi)\sin{\theta}d{\theta}d\phi$
We already have $R(\theta,\phi)...

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### Robust weighted estimator of location

Let $X = (x_1, \ldots, x_n)$ be a sample of i.i.d values. There are several robust estimators of sample location, most notably sample median and Hodges-Lehmann estimator.
Now let $W = (w_1, \ldots, ...

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### Two minimization problems using singular value decomposition

Posted here too: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1711026/two-minimization-problems-using-singular-value-decomposition
Let $q_0, q_1:[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}^n$ be two maps whose components are $L^...

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### Error propagation with black boxes: add uncertainty in quadrature, or use a weighted standard deviation?

I have a measurement $x$ with a known uncertainty $\sigma_m$.
I have a black box that can take an error-free measurement $x$ and produce a value $y$ with a known uncertainty $\sigma_{b}$ (which is ...

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### Applications of algebraic geometry to machine learning

I am interested in applications of algebraic geometry to machine learning. I have found some papers and books, mainly by Bernd Sturmfels on algebraic statistics and machine learning. However, all this ...

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### Norm-averaging reference request

(Apology in advance for the broadness of this question) I recently came across a relatively simple application where I needed to "balance" the "spreaded-out-ness" of a function with the "peaked-ness" ...

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### Integral over error function and normal distribution

Help me understand why
$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{1}{2}[1+\operatorname{erf}(\frac{\theta-x}{\sqrt{2q^2}})]\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi\sigma^2}}{\exp(-\frac{(x-\mu)^2}{2\sigma^2})}dx \approx \frac{1}{2}[...

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### Moment matching on the standard simplex

Let $\vec{\mu}_1, \vec{\mu}_2,\ldots, \vec{\mu}_k \in \Delta^{d-1}$ be $k\ (k\geq 2)$ distinct vectors on the standard simplex, where
$$\Delta^{d-1} = \{\vec{\mu}\in R^{d}:\| \vec{\mu}\|_1 = 1,\mu_j \...