# Questions tagged [moments]

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### Harmonic mean or generating function, pick one?

Is there an obvious or a profound reason for the dearth of statistical distributions for which analytical harmonic mean and moment generating functions co-exist? Are there good examples (with finite ...

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### fractional moments of multivariate normal distributions

is there an analytic formula for fractional moments of multivariate normal distribution?
$E(\prod_{i=1}^k x_i^{\nu_i})=?$ where $X=(x_1,\ldots,x_k) \sim N_k(\mu, \Sigma)$, $\nu_i\in \mathcal{R}$ and $\...

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### Do d “moments of surprisal” determine a probability distribution on d events?

(The following question was transferred from stack-exchange with the hope of obtain a useful hint here). Consider a probability distribution on $d$ events, with the probabilities $p_j$ gathered in a ...

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### Cumulant of functions of weakly dependent random variables

Suppose $X_1,\dots,X_4$ are Gaussian random variables with mean and variance
$$\mathbf E X_i = 0,\quad \mathbf E X_i^2=1.$$
Furthermore suppose that the random variables have a certain weak ...

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### What are the best unconditional bounds for the discrete moments of $\zeta'$?

I heard this morning through the app Researcher about the following article by Scott Kirila: arXiv:1804.08826v2 in which the author proves under RH that $J_{k}(T)\asymp_{k}(\log T)^{k(k+2)}$, where ...

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### Expected value of absolute value of shifted binomial distribution

Recently my research needs to calculate the close form of $\mathsf{E}[|X-\frac{n}{2}|]$ where $X$ follows binomial distribution with parameter $(n,p)$. When $p=\frac{1}{2}$, this is just the mean ...

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### A conjecture on 'truncated joint moments' of binomial coefficients under binomial distribution

This is similar in spirit to Sum of squares of middle binomial sums or 'Truncated mean' of binomial coefficients under binomial distribution but gives some total estimates. Though the other ...

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### moment generation function for matrix Gaussian distribution

What is the moment generation function for the following function
$$
E(e^{\mathbf{X}^T\mathbf{y}\mathbf{W}})=\int e^{\mathbf{X}^T\mathbf{y}\mathbf{W}}\frac{\exp\big(-\frac{1}{2}\mathrm{tr}\big[\mathbf{...

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### Moment of a function of Gaussian random variables: $\mathbb{E}[(a_{i}^{\top}AA^{\top}a_{j})^{q}]$

Let $A$ be an $m\times k$ matrix with iid $\mathcal{N}(0,1)$ entries and $a_{i}$ and $a_{j}$ be its
$i$th and $j$th columns, respectively. I would like to compute the following quantity:
\begin{...

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### Is any real function satisfying basic conditions a moment generating function? [closed]

We all know that a mgf of a random variable $m_X(t)$ is positive and $m(0)=1$. My question is: if a positive real function $f(t)$ satisfies $f(0)=1$ and the function is smooth enough (around 0), does ...

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### Are these moments related to any usual distribution?

Knowing the moments of a random variable, we are wondering if we can express it in terms of some usual distribution (beta, uniform...), maybe as a product of distributions.
$X$ is a $[0,1]$-valued ...

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### mollifier satisfying moment conditions

I wish to find a mollifier $\psi\in C_0^{d+1}(-1,1)$ such that
$$
\int_{-1}^1 x^k \psi(x)dx = \begin{cases}
1, & k=0;\\
0, & k=1,\dots,d.
\end{cases}
$$
This paper (https://home.cscamm....

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### Estimating integral of product of terms $\cos(t\log p)$

I would like to prove the following proposition from A. Harper's paper "Sharp conditional upper bound for moments of the Riemann Zeta Function"
Proposition.
Let $T$ be large and let $n=p_1^{\...

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### Approximate $\log \mathbb E_P[\exp(th(x)]$ for a function $h$ which is lipschitz and has finite moments of order 1 and 2 w.r.t $P$

Let $P$ be a probability measure on a space $\mathcal X$ and $h: \mathcal X \rightarrow \mathbb R$ is measurable function with finite moments of order 1 and 2. I'm interested in approximating the ...

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### MGF of a RV that is the ratio between a complex Gaussian and a Chi-squared RVs

Given the following p.d.f., which is the p.d.f. of the real and imaginary parts of a random variable that is the ratio between a complex Gaussian and a Chi-squared RVs:
\begin{equation*}
f_U(u)=\exp\...

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### Are there any conditions on the moments that make a measure a probability measure?

For a positive Borel measure $\mu$ on the real line interval $[-1, 1]$, let $\displaystyle{m_n = \int_{-\infty}^\infty x^n d\mu(x)}$, i.e. the $n$th moments of the measure. Are there any conditions ...

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### Are Stochastic Process Characterized by Their conditional Moments

Suppose that $X_t$ is a real-valued stochastic process. Then is $X_t$ characterized by it's conditional moments? In the sence that, if $Y_t$ is another process, such that
$$
\mathbb{E}\left[\int_s^T\...

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### Is the covariance of squares always bounded from below by two times the covariance?

I came across the following inequality in one of my calculations ($X,Y$ are centered random variables):
$$\operatorname{E}(X^2Y^2)-\operatorname{E}(X^2)\operatorname{E}(Y^2) \geq 2 \operatorname{E}(...

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### Bound for a conditional expectation

Let $a_i, i=1, \ldots, n$ be real numbers. Let $\epsilon_i, \, i=1, \ldots, n$ be a random variables that take values $\pm 1$ with equal probability and $r_i, i=1, \ldots, n$ be random variables ...

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### Random averages over a Point process - Campbell's Theorem

Let $(N_t)_{t \geq 0}$ be a non-homogeneus Poisson process with intensity function $t \mapsto \lambda(t)$. Let $(T_n)_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ be the corresponding simple point process (arrival times), ...

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### Summing moments and Riemann zeta values

Let $d\mu_n(x)=\cos^{2n}x\,dx$ and consider the averages of moments
$$\alpha_n=\frac{\int_0^{\pi/2}x^4d\mu_n(x)}{\int_0^{\pi/2}d\mu_n(x)}.$$
Then, I have encountered a curious evaluation
$$\sum_{n=1}^{...

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### $\mathbb{E}[X^4]=1$, $X,Y$ iid, what's the best upper bound of $\mathbb{E}[(X-Y)^4]$?

Let $X,Y$ be i.i.d. random variables, $\mathbb{E}[X^4]=1$, what's the best upper bound for $\mathbb{E}[(X-Y)^4]$ ?
A trivial upper bound is $16$, since $(X-Y)^4 \leq 8 (X^4+Y^4)$ then take ...

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### Convergence rate of $\operatorname E|\langle X,f_n\rangle|^p$

Suppose that $X$ is a random element with values in a separable Hilbert space $\mathbb H$ such that $\operatorname EX=0$ and $\operatorname E\|X\|^2<\infty$. Suppose that $f_1,f_2,\ldots$ form an ...

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### Existence of moment-constrained maximum entropy distribution with support $[0,1]^n$

Given a finite set of moment values $\{\mu_1,\ldots,\mu_N\}$, for which the multi-dimensional finite Hausdorff moment problem is determined. That is, we know that at least one distribution $\mathcal{D}...

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### 1D functional equation: solve for function with given expected value w.r.t normal density

Given scalars $c_1, c_2 > 0$, how would one go about solving, for non-expansive (i.e 1-Lipschitz) $\phi: \mathbb R \rightarrow (-\infty,+\infty]$, the following equation
$$
\begin{split}
\mathbb ...

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### Limit of the logarithm of the $L^p$ norm over the logarithm of $p$ as $p$ goes to infinity

Let $\mu$ be some positive measure on $\mathbb{R}$. For technical reasons, I would like to know if the limit
$$\lim_{p\rightarrow\infty}\frac {\ln \|f\|_{L^p(\mu)}}{\ln p}$$
exists in $[0,\infty]$ for ...

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### General result for the N-point correlation of the Poisson process (and its derivative)?

I am specifically interested in computing:
$$\mathbb{E}[S_p S_q S_s S_t]$$
where $S_t=\frac{dN_t}{dt}$ and $N_t$ is a Poisson process (so $S_t$ is a "Poisson pulse train"):
$$\mathbb{P}(N_t=n)=\frac{(\...

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### A Minkowski-like inequality

Assume that $X$ and $Y$ are two arbitrary non-negative random variables. Is the following inequality true for $1\leq\alpha\leq 2$?
\begin{align}
\left(\mathbb{E}\left[X^\alpha\right]-\mathbb{E}\left[...

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### uniquely determining a distribution using moments

Let $A$ be a parametric family of probability distributions that include all distributions in the form of $\phi(X)$ where $X\sim\mathcal{N}(0,\mathbf{I})$ is jointly Gaussian and $\phi:\mathbb{R}^d\to ...

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### Numerical evaluation/approximation of non-central high-order moments of high-dimensional Gaussian measures?

I need to numerically evaluate/approximate non-central high-order moments of high-dimensional Gaussian measures/distributions with given mathematical expectations and covariance matrices.
The Gaussian ...

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### Fractional moments of Poisson distribution

I wonder if there is a formula to calculate the fractional (0,1) moments of a Poisson distribution?
Thanks in advance.

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### Does this moment inequality hold for any probability measure on the positive real line?

Problem statement
Let $P$ be a probability measure on the positive real line and assume all it's raw moments, $\mu_k = \mathbb{E}[x^k]$, $k=1,2,\dots$ exist and $\mu_k < \infty$ for all $k$. Let $...

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### Moments of a Normal-Wishart distribution

Do known expressions exist for the moments of a gaussian-wishart (aka normal wishart) distribution?
$$NW(\mu,K\mid\mu_0,\lambda_0, v, W) =
\frac{|\lambda_0K|^{1/2}}{(2\pi)^{d/2}}e^{-0.5([\mu - \mu_0]...

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### Why study the moment problem in one dimensional case( Hamburger moment problem)

I have been reading about moment problem and I have been curious about the following question.
What is the motivation for studying the Hamburger moment problem(one dimensional moment problem?
I ...

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### Any chance to get the moments of this exotic distribution?

Let us define the following cumulative distribution:
\begin{align}
\Pr (Y(t)\geq a)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{e^{-kt}(kt)^n }{n!}\int_a^\infty[\circledast_{f}\circ H_a ]^n\delta (x) dx
\end{align}
where ...

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### Existence of a Laplace transform that takes specific values on the integers

The classical Marcinkiewicz theorem (1939) states that if a random variable $X$ has a Laplace transform/characteristic function of the form $\mathbb{E}(e^{tX})=e^{P(t)} $ with $P$ a polynomial, then ...

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### Random variables whose expectations are cumulants

In my research I stumbled about the following class of random variables: Let $X_0,X_1,\dots$ be random variables on a common probability space with finite moments of all orders. We then define
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### Finding analytic expressions for the cumulants of a correlated random variable

I am working with cumulants of a distribution. I have an example of how the second cumulant may be simplified from:
$k_2 = p\alpha^2\left\{\left(\sum a_i\right)^2 - 2\sum_{i<j}a_ia_j\left(1-\rho^{...

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### Moments of derivatives of $L$-functions

I'd like to know why it is important to know the moments of the derivatives of $L$-functions.
The moments of $L$-functions are related to the Lindelöf Hypothesis, but what about the moments of the ...

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### Second moment of cos(x,y) for Normal x,y?

I'm trying to figure out second moment of the following quantity
$$y = \frac{\langle x_1, x_2 \rangle}{\left\|x_1\right\|\left\|x_2\right\|}$$
Where $x_1$, $x_2$ are sampled independently from $\...

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### Sufficient condition for a solution to Hamburger moment problem

Let $\{m_n\}_{n=0}^{\infty}$ be a sequence of real numbers.
It is well known that there exist a positive Borel measure $\mu$ on the real line with moments given by $\{m_n\}_{n=0}^{\infty}$ if and ...

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### Comparison of tail behaviour of two (bounded) random variables given their moments

Given: two positive scalar (bounded) random variables $X$ and $Y$ with the following conditions to hold:
$$ E(X)=E(Y),\ E(X^k)\ge E(Y^k), \forall k>1$$
How to show (whether it is possible to show) ...

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### Mathematical links between entropy and moments of a given distribution

Under some conditions, a distribution is determined by all of its moments. Furthermore, there is a certain value of entropy for a given distribution. So my question is:
1.Can I say that its entropy ...

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### Hankel determinants of binomial coefficients

For $\{h_{n}\}_{n=0}^{\infty}$ a real sequence, detone by $H_{n}$ the $n\times n$ Hankel matrix of the form
$$
H_{n}:=\begin{pmatrix}
h_{0} & h_{1} & \dots & h_{n-1}\\
h_{1} & h_{2} &...

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### Fourth moments of Gaussian processes

I am working on a topic outside my main research area, so I am afraid I am reproving obvious results, so I would like to ask for a reference. Google didn't help, mostly because I am looking for ...

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### Moment problem on [-1,1]: necessary and sufficient conditions

Consider a sequence of real numbers $s=(s_0,s_1,\ldots)$. When is there a Borel measure $\mu$ supported on $[-1,1]$ so that
$$
s_k = \int_{[-1,1]} x^k\,\mathrm{d}\mu,\quad \forall k\in\mathbb N\;?
$$
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### Computing skewness derivative in terms of variance

In the Portilla Simoncelli paper (page 18):
http://www.cns.nyu.edu/pub/lcv/portilla99-reprint.pdf
They go about calculating the derivative of the skewness $\eta(x)$ of a distribution (2D matrix in ...

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### Gaussian and the convex hull of moment curves

Let $c_1,\dots, c_d$ be the first $d$ moments of the standard normal distribution. Does the point $(c_1,\dots, c_d)$ lie in the convex hull of the set $\{(t,t^2,\dots,t^d)\colon t\in[-b,b]\}$, for a ...

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### Moment matching: construction of a mixture of Gaussian distribution with lower moments identical to Gaussian

This is a question related to the statistical model behind independent component analysis (ICA).
We assume that $Z \sim N(0,1)$. Our goal is to construct a random variable $X$ that follows a ...

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### Inverse problem for negative moments

Let $D$ be a bounded simply connected domain in the plane, bounded by a smooth closed curve $\partial D$. Moreover$D$ contains the origin. Assume that all negative complex moments w.r.t arc-length ...