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### Why impossible events have some drawbacks or pathologies in probability theory?

It is said by Halmos, P.R.; in "Lectures on ergodic theory" "Many of the difficulties of measure theory and all the pathology of the subject arise from the existence of sets of measure ...
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### Free probalities and random matrices : on the asymptotic joint behavior of non self-adjoint random matrices with non Gaussians entries

One of the famous theorem in random matrix theory is one termed circular law. It is stated that if $a_{ij}$, for all $1\leq i\leq n, 1\leq j\leq n$,, is a famille of $i.i.d.$ complexe centered random ...
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### Limiting value of expectation of trace of exponential of Wishart matrix

Let $X$ be an $n \times d$ random matrix with iid entries from $N(0, 1/d)$. Let $S:=X^\top X/n$, a $d \times d$ Wishart matrix and let $T = e^{S} := \sum_{k=0}^\infty \dfrac{S^k}{k!}$ be its ...
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### Explaning why the spectrum of a setting simple structure random matrix is always spiked ($d-1$ eigenvalues close to zero, and $1$ away from zero)

For concreteness, let $m=500$, $d=600$, $N=1000$. Let $W$ be and $d \times m$ matrix with unit-norm rows and let $u$ be a uni-norm vector of length $m$. Given a binary vector $b$ of length $m$, length ...
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### Determinant bounded away from zero

Suppose $P(A_1,\dots,A_k,A_1^{-1},\dots,A_k^{-1})$ is a noncommutative polynomial with positive coefficients. We may then consider the map $g:U(n)^k\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$ from the unitary group $U(n)$,...
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### Is there a noncommutative Gaussian?

In classical probability theory, the (multivariate) Gaussian is in some sense the "nicest quadratic" random variable, i.e. with second moment a specified positive-definite matrix. I do not ...
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### Limiting eigenvalue distribution of $YY^\top$ where $Y_{ij} = X_{ij} + a$ and $X$ has iid rows from an isotropic log-concave distribution

Let $a \in \mathbb R$ be a determinstic scalar and let $X$ be and $n \times d$ such that the $n \times n$ psd random matrix $S=XX^T$ has limiting eigenvalue distribution $\mu$, when $n,d \to \infty$ ...
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### For fixed $\lambda \ge 0$, Integrate the function $f_\lambda(x):=x/(x + \lambda)^2$ w.r.t. Marchenko-Pastur density

In trying to solve another the problem posed in the question https://www.mathoverflow.net/q/385777/78539, I'm led to consider the following problem. Let $\mu_\gamma$ be the Marchenko-Pastur ...
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### High-probability lower bound for norm of least squares solution when both design matrix $X$ and response vector $y$ are random (and independent)

Let $n,d \to \infty$ with $n/d \to \gamma \in (0,\infty)$. Let $X$ be a random $n \times d$ matrix independent rows uniformly distributed on the the unit-sphere in $\mathbb R^d$ and let $y$ be a ...
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### Using linearization trick (free probability) to compute limiting singular-value density of $R=XY+Z+A$ (or equivalently, of $RR^\top$)

Disclaimer. I only started learning the subject of free probability $1$ day ago, and I'm still trying to absorb the fundamentals, while applying them to my own specific problems arizing in the ...
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### Quick derivation of classical probability theory from von Neumann algebraic framework

Watching (the begining of) a lecture on free probability theory by Dimitri Shlyakhtenko https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Urtr39jM0, I'm led to consider the following question Question. How can one ...
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### Bounds for the extreme singular-values of random matrix with thresholded entries

Let $n,d,k$ be large positive integers such that $\max(n/d,k/d) =: \lambda < 1$. Let $X$ be a random $n \times d$ matrix with entries drawn iid from $N(0,1/d)$ and let $W$ be a $k \times d$ random ...
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### Is $L(\mathbb{Z}*\mathbb{Z}_{2})$ a free group factor?

This is a reference request for something that is likely to be well-known to operator algebraists. I will not, therefore, include the technical definition of free product of finite von Neumann ...
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### How high to build a dam in Amsterdam in order that the probability of a flooding within the next 100 years be less than 1%? [closed]

In the preface of the monography, Pr. D. Voiculescu Wrote: "Free probability and operator algebras The well-known question about how high to build a dam in Amsterdam in order that the probability ...
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### Are they the $N\times N$ random matrices with real or complex entries asymptotically free?

The $N\times N$ random matrices with real or complex entries are generalizations of non-hermitian gaussian ensembles, also known as Girko ensemble: the entries are independent and identically ...
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### Does free probability have anything to say about the eigenvalue correlations of random matrices?

Free probability provides a compact route to compute the average eigenvalue density for various families of random matrices in the large $N$ limit. Does it provide any route to eigenvalue correlations,...
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### Berry-Esseen type theorem for Monotonic independence

The central limit theorem states that, under certain circumstances, the probability distribution of the scaled mean of a random sample converges to a normal distribution as the sample size increases ...
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### Distribution of sum of freely independent Marchenko-Pastur measures

Given freely independent random variables $X_i$ with Marchenko-Pastur measures $\mu_i$, $i\in\{1,\dots,n\}$ how can we find the distribution of the scaled sum of these random variables $\sum_ia_iX_i$....
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### Why did Voiculescu develop free probability?

I was recently asked why Voiculescu developed free probability theory. I am not very expert in this and the only answer I was able to provide is the classical one: he was challenging the isomorphism ...
Suppose $\mathfrak{A}$ is an algebra (over $\mathbb{C}$, let's say), $\phi$ a linear functional on $\mathfrak{A}$, and $A_1, A_2 \subset \mathfrak{A}$ subalgebras which are $\phi$-freely independent. ...