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### Mathematical consulting or bioinformatics related careers for mathematicians with good statistics and coding experience in West Europe [on hold]

Before I start, apologies if the question is very specific, but these are exactly what I want to be. I should mention that I already studied:
"Industry"/Government jobs for mathematicians
...

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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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### Probability problem [closed]

In an urn there are 8 blue and 5 red balls. Consequently, we are taking 1 ball without returning it, until all of one of the colors are taken out. Let X is the amount of balls. Find the type of ...

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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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### 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 ...

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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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### Unsupervised classification [migrated]

In a typical supervised learning problem, one observe $(X,Y)$ where $Y$ is a categorical variable. We confront the such a problem that $Y$ is hidden and instead $(X,Z)$ is observed where both ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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### Feature selection: wrapper or embedded? [migrated]

I have searched for information on what could be the reasons for preferring wrapper feature selection to embedded feature selection. I found a comparative study which tells when filters are better, ...

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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 ...

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### What's the definition of multivariate mode? [migrated]

In the case of grouped data where a frequency curve have been constructed to fit the data, the mode will be the value (or values) of x corresponding to the maximum point (or points) on the curve. From ...

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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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### 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
$$
...

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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}
...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...

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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 ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### An inequality involving conditional variance and its connection to information theory

Given absolutely continuous random variables $(X, Y)$ with joint distribution $P_{XY}$, we construct $Z:=\sqrt{\gamma} Y+N_\mathsf{G}$ where $N_\mathsf{G}\sim N(0, 1)$ and is independent of $(X,Y)$ ...

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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 ...

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### Learn a distribution from distributions on samples

There's many good ways to learn a distribution $p_X$ of an r.v. $X$ over $k$ symbols given many i.i.d. samples $X_1,\ldots, X_n$. The simplest is to use the sample relative frequencies $\hat{f}_X$ as ...

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### A functional's expectation using both known and unknown pdf

Suppose we have a random variable $X$ with a known distribution $f$ over an interval $[a,b]$ and another r.v $Y$ over the same interval but with an unknown distribution $g$. We also have a functional ...

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### How does Jensen Shannon divergence and KL divergence correlate?

I am wondering if there is way to derive the correlation between Jensen Shannon divergence and KL divergence for two distributions: P and Q, in order to show that if JSD(P,Q) decreases, KLD(P,Q) ...

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### An Inequality Regarding the Squared Conditional Variance

Given absolutely continuous random variables $(X, Y)$ with joint distribution $P_{XY}$, we construct $Z:=\sqrt{\gamma} Y+N_\mathsf{G}$ where $N_\mathsf{G}\sim N(0, 1)$ and is independent of $(X,Y)$. ...

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### The mean of points on a unit n-sphere $S^n$

A unit n-sphere is defined as $$\mathcal{S}^n = \{\mathbf{p} \in \mathbb{R}^{n+1}: \|\mathbf{p}\| = 1\}$$
The distance between two points $\mathbf{p}$, $\mathbf{q}$ on $\mathcal{S}^n$ is the ...

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### Sum of Log AR(1) processes

I have two AR(1) processes that look like this:
$x_t=\rho x_{t-1}+\eta_t$
and
$y_t=\rho y_{t-1}+\epsilon_t$
where $0<\rho<1$ and $\eta_t \sim N(0,\sigma^2_{\eta})$ and $\epsilon_t\sim ...

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### Do there exist random variables that force transitivity of dependence? [closed]

In general, statistical dependence is not transitive. If $Y$ and $X_{1}$ are dependent, and $Y$ and $X_{2}$ are dependent, then $X_{1}$ and $X_{2}$ are NOT necessarily dependent.
However, in some ...

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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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### Maximal Correlation with Weak Gaussian Perturbation

Let a pair of random variables $(X,Y)$ be continuous random variables (i.e., they both have density with respect to Lebesgue measure) with joint distribution $P_{XY}$. The maximal correlation ...

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### Covariance matrix as optimization problem solution?

I have seen the expectation of a random vector expressed as the solution to the optimization problem:
\begin{equation}
\mathbb{E}[X]=argmin_{v \in \mathbb{R}^n}\mathbb{E}[\|X-v\|_{l^2}^2](:= ...

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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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### Simulate a graph from a certain distribution

I am wondering if anyone can indicate whether the following is a solved problem. I don't care about time of the algorithm currently.
Consider a general probability distribution F on simple graphs ...

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### A lottery on coins in a convex set

You play the following game.
You get $4n$ gold coins and have to arrange them in the unit square in general position (no two coins have the same x or the same y coordinate). Call this set of coins ...

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### Hellinger integral for the Student/Cauchy family

Let $p$ and $q$ be probability densities on $\mathbb R$, with respect to the Lebesgue measure $dx$. The corresponding Hellinger integral is
$H(p,q):=\int_{\mathbb R}\sqrt{pq}\,dx$.
Let now $p$ be ...

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### Maximal Correlation versus Correlation Coefficient When one RV is Gaussian

Let a pair of random variables $(X,Y)$ be continuous random variables (i.e., they both have density with respect to Lebesgue measure) with joint distribution $P_{XY}$. The maximal correlation ...

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### Negative population variable importance

I asked this question on stats.stackexchange and even elsewhere, but it never received an answer.
I just state the probabilistic problem here. It is about the optimality of the conditional ...

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### How to find a subset of a matrix that has minimum condition number? [duplicate]

Suppose matrix $A$ is consist of M column vectors, how can we find a subset $B$, consisting of N column of $A$ (N＜M), that has minimum condition number (the ratio of maximum singular value by minimum ...

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### Monotonicity of the Hellinger integral/distance

Let $p$ and $q$ be probability densities on $\mathbb R$, with respect to the Lebesgue measure $dx$. The corresponding Hellinger integral and distance are
$H(p,q):=\int_{\mathbb R}\sqrt{pq}\,dx$ and ...

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### “Convergence speed” results for the Langevin process

The Langevin process is defined by the following stochastic differential equation:
$$ \dot X = - \nabla \phi + \sqrt 2 dW_t $$
Its equilibrium distribution is the following:
$$ p_\infty (x) \propto ...