Estimation theory is a branch of statistics and signal processing that deals with estimating the values of parameters based on measured/empirical data that has a random component.

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ML estimate of sum of guassian variables?

consider the sum $z=x_{1}+...+x_{k}$, where the scalar variables $x_{i}$ are statistically independent and Gaussian, each having the same mean $0$ and variance $\sigma^2_{x}.$ how can I construct the ...
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log likelihood function of a cauchy distribution

What is the log likelihood function of a random varible x with cauchy distribution (0,1)? I've tried to work it out. I think its $\log (1+x)^2$. Is that correct?
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When is a minimum distance decoder also a maximum likelihood decoder?

It is well known that if we have a binary symmetric channel with crossover probability $\epsilon<0.5$ and we send a word $x$ through it, the most likely word is the one with minimum hamming ...
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Second derivative wrt complex parameter

I'm facing an estimation problem and I need to calculate the Cramer-Rao Lower Bound of an estimator. So I have 2 unknown parameters: the amplitude of the signal $A$ and its direction of arrival $u$. ...
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Can we predict the positions of zero entries in a sparse vector given a model

I am wondering if we can predict the positions of the zero entries in a $n$-dimensional sparse vector $x$ given the linear model: $y=Ax$ where $y\in\mathbb{R}^m$ and the matrix ...
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Looking for hints on how to prove the convergence of this iterative estimator! [duplicate]

Let $X_n$ be a Poisson process with mean $\lambda^*$. The following sequence estimates the parameter of the Poisson process: $ X_{n+1} = \hat{\lambda}_{n+1} + ...
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Maximum likelihood estimator?

I am looking at some questions from Mods 2010 and I can't figure this one out. I think my problem is technical... We have a sample (L1,R1), ...,(Ln,Rn) with Lj and Rj normally distributed independent ...
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Given 50 IID normals, find the exact SE for the estimate of $\sigma^2$?

Given 50 I.I.D Normal distributions random variables $X_i$, the Maximum Likelihood estimator for $\sigma^2$ is $\hat{\sigma}^2$, as proven in my lecture notes. Find the EXACT SE. My Attempt: ...
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Convergence rate of an estimator

Say we are interested in estimating some unknown real scalar parameter $\alpha$ using data. Suppose the estimator $\widehat \alpha_N$ of $\alpha$ using the data is consistent. I want to know what it ...
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Identification of real functions

this my second question, so I'm still new... thanks in advance for any help! Basically, I'm looking for some references and tools to study the following problem. Consider the following function ...
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Finding the MLE of pareto dist., and trouble interpreting $\prod$ notation properly.

I am generally having trouble understanding how to use product notation when calculating Maximum Likelihood Estimators. The example bellow is from a random sample $X_1,...,X_n$. Find the MLE of ...
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Mean Square Estimate problem

I have to find $\textbf{s}_{MS}$ given $\textbf{r} = h\textbf{s}+\textbf{n}$ where $h$ is a Bernoulli random variable with $Pr(h=1)=Pr(h=0) = 1/2$ and $\textbf{s}$ and $\textbf{n}$ are independent ...
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Literature study for Optimal Estimation Theory

It seems Optimal Estimation/Control Theory requires a lot more than undergraduate maths. Any good book that would help me get started? I have so far referred the following books but found them quite ...
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Asymptotic result on quadratic variation of a semi-martingale linear functional estimator

In the same context of this previous question. Consider $$ \mathcal E^{(n)}_t := \sqrt{n}(\widehat\Lambda_n(\phi)_t - \Lambda(\phi)_t )$$ I desire to prove that $$ \left \langle \mathcal ...
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Estimation of a Ito's semi-martingale linear functional

Could someone check my solution for the following problem please? Or maybe propose a smarter/shorter solution. Consider a stochastic process $X=(X_t)_{t \in [0,1]}$ defined in a filtred ...
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Estimating variance from the sequence

Suppose that we have $\{X_n\}\to X\sim N(0,\Omega)$ where $X_n$ can be obtained from observations. My problem is to estimate $\Omega$ consistently. If $var X_n$ converges to a "finite" matrix, then ...
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Maximum Likelihood Estimator of the exponential function parameter based on Order Statistics

Let $X_1, \ldots, X_n$ be a random sample from the exponential distribution $\exp(\lambda)$. Let $M_n=\max\{X_1, \ldots, X_n\}$ with probability density function $$g_{M_n}(x)=n\lambda e^{-\lambda ...
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Find the Method Moment Estimator of parameter $\theta$

Find the MME of parameter $\theta$ in the distribution with the density $f(x,\theta)=(\theta +1)x^{-(\theta+2)}$, for $x>1$ and $\theta >0$. So far I think I have a basic understanding of the ...
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Is Sample Covariance Tied to a Specific Distribution

In many sources on data analysis, the author(s) talk about calculating covariance of the data, and the formula is given as such $$ \Sigma = cov(X) = E[(X-E[X])(X-E[X])^T]$$ This formulation is given ...
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How to simplify conditional probability of union of several events

I have an output binary scalar, $y∈B=[0,1]$, and an input binary vector $x=[x_1, x_2,…x_M]$ where $x_i∈B=[0,1]$. I know that the output $P(y)=1$ depends entirely on the input x. Thus, I want to ...
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Likelihood function for only one trial

I have a trial $\mathbb X = (X_1,X_2,....X_n)$. $X_i$ has specified distribution with unknow parameter $\theta$. I want to find an estimator of this parameter. So I can use methods like Likelihood ...
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Asymtptotic limit of $e^x$ [closed]

I am looking for functions $A,B$ such that $$ A < e^x < B.$$ $A,B$ should be as close to $e^x$ as possible. I was trying to find something, but all I found was very distant. Can someone suggest ...
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How is the “cooking” done in surveys

In my country there's an official center undertaking surveys of voting intention every 4 months. However, they provide only "direct" voting intention, and the statistics obtained are usually pretty ...
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Estimator of a Random Variable

Given a random varable $Y$ where $$ f_Y(y) = \begin{cases}e^{-(y-k)} \quad x>k\\0\quad \text{otherwise}\end{cases} $$ Given $n$ observations of $Y$. Is the sample mean $\bar{Y}$ an unbiased ...
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Estimation theory: Finding MSE and Variance of an Estimator

Let $\hat{A}$ be an estimator of $A$ where $a<A<b$ and $\tilde{A}$ be another estimator such that$$\tilde{A} = \cases{a \text{ if } \hat A \leq a\\\hat A \text{ if } a< \hat A <b\\{b ...
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Calculating likelihood of event based on retrospective analysis

I have a simple dataset consisting of the dates/times at which certain medications were taken by a patient. By looking retrospectively I'd like to make a best guess estimate as to which medication ...
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Prove that an estimator is UMVU under the usual “assumptions of regularity”

I'm asked to prove that some estimator is UMVU under the usual assumptions of regularity. I'm not sure what is meant with 'usual assumptions of regularity'. Do they mean with this that I can just ...
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More accurate estimation of mathematical constant $e$

Very often in books and also on Wikipedia we can find that: $$e \approx \left(1+\frac{1}{n}\right)^n$$ but I want more accurate estimation, it means instead using $\approx$ I wonder if I can use ...
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Maximum likelihood estimator of $P(X < y)$ for fixed $y$

I'm having a problem understanding the following question. Given the following density function $f_X(x; \theta) = (\theta +1)x^\theta$ on $0<x<1$, find the maximum likelihood estimator for ...
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Estimate the population mean when random selection is not possible

Consider I have a jar with marbles labeled 0 and 1 in it. They're not well mixed so the possibility of obtaining a sample sized 1000 with mean 0.6 and another sample sized 1000 with mean 0.4 is not so ...
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Computing an estimator for a piecewise distribution?

Suppose I have a random variable $X$ that follows a distribution with a piecewise function $f(x|\theta)$. What is the correct way to compute an estimator $\theta$ for this function? Should the ...
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Let $(X_1…X_n)$ have an exp($\lambda$) distribution. Prove that $\frac{1}{\frac{1}{n}\sum{X_i}}$ is not a unbiased estimator of $\lambda$

the main problem is that i have no clue on calculating $E(\frac{1}{x})$ let $U = \frac{1}{\frac{1}{n}\sum{X_i}}$ then, $E(U) = n*E(\frac{1}{\sum{X_i}})$. I think that i'm supposed to calculate: ...
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How to estimate a vocabulary size?

I have a list of the 1 million most common English words ordered by number of times they appear on all books in Google Books. I want for the user to select from a list of 100 words (small sample) ...
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proving unbiasedness of an estimator

Question given independent random variable $X_{1},X_{2},...,X_{n}$ from a geometric distribution with parameter $p$. we have an estimator for $p$, mainly $T=Y/n$ where Y is number of $i$ that ...
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Time series (stochastic process) estimating parameters using characteristic function

I have a time series of assets ${A_1, A_2, ..., A_n}$, which is described by a sophisticated distribution having the following characteristic function: $\phi(u; t;\theta)$, where $\theta$ is a vector ...
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calculating mean squared error for the Mean.

Exam Question There are two independent random variables $X_{1}$ $\&$ $X_{2}$ that are having normal distribution with mean $\mu$. Further Var$(X_{1})=1$ and Var$(X_{2})=2$.an unbiased estimator ...
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Estimating Attendence

I am trying to estimate attendance at events. What I have is daily/weekly ticket sales numbers. The goal is to analyze the ticket sales each day and estimate where we might be at by the day of the ...
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Variance of a difference in estimated proportions with trivariate discrete distributions

Let a multivariate distribution be given by $P(Y,S_1,S_2)$, where all three variables are discrete, $Y$ is multivalued, $S_1=(0,1)$ and $S_2=(0,1)$, respectively, and all may be dependent. Define the ...
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Unbiased estimator with conditional expectation.

Suppose that $X$ has a binomial distribution with parameter $N=1$ and $p=1/2$. Y, which is independent of $X$, has a normal distribution with mean $\mu$ and variance 1. Consider the estimator $\mu$ of ...
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Variance of unbiased estimator

Let $Y_1,Y_2,...,Y_N$ be a random sample from a distribution with probability density function $f_Y(y,\theta) = 2y/\theta^2$ if $0<y<\theta$ and $0$ otherwise. (a) Show that $W = 3\bar{Y}/2$ ...
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is any upper bound for mean square error of an unbiased estimator?

There is always a lower bound for an unbiased estimator called Cramer-Rao Lower Bound. Does any one remember any upper bound for unbiased estimator? The upper bound is used for worst-case analysis of ...
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Making sense of an equation

I'm wanting to impliment a formula but I'm having issues understanding some of the components that make it up. The premise of the equation is to use a modified version of Kalman filter that estimates ...
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Finding the MLE of a function when L'($\theta$) doesn't depend on $\theta$

Here's the problem: Find the MLE of of $\theta$ when $f(x\mid\theta)=(1+x\theta)/2$ for $-1<x<1$, $=0$ otherwise. $0<\theta<1$ Find the maximum likelihood of $\theta$ and find its ...
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maximum likelihood estimate

Two random variable X and Y have the following joint pdf: $P_{XY}(x, y) = \begin{cases} 10y,& \text{for } 0\leq y \leq x^2 \text{and} 0 \leq x \leq 1,\\ 0, & ...
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estimation of a parameter

The question is: $x_i = \alpha + \omega_i, $ for $i = 1, \ldots, n.$ where $\alpha$ is a non-zero constant, but unknown, parameter to be estimated, and $\omega_i$ are uncorrelated, zero_mean, ...
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Conjugate Bayesian analysis

Suppose that conditional on $\tau$, the random variable $X$ has normal distribution with mean zero and variance $1/ \tau$. The prior distribution for $\tau$ is Gamma with parameter $\alpha$ and ...
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Maximization of The Likelihood Function of Vector Entries and Its Norm

I'd be happy for assistance with the maximization of the likelihood function of the following model. The Parameters Vector $ \mathbf{\Theta} = [{x}_{1}, {x}_{2}] $. The measurement vector is $ ...
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How to show this estimation?

i have this polynom $$p(x) = \sum_{i=0}^{m}a_ix^i$$ I want to show, that if $\tilde{z}$ is the approximation to the simple zero digit $z \neq 0$ in first approximation, the following estimation ...
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How to show, that a relative mistake of a special function can be estimated in a given way

how to show, that if you have a function like this $$ y = f(x_1,...,x_m) := c \frac{x_1 *...*x_r}{x_{r+1},...,x_m}, \quad 1 < r \leq m,$$ the relative mistake in first order can be estimated ...
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A quick chanllenge: height and weight probability problem

The average height and weight of a group of people is 175cm and 70kg; Find the upper bound of the portion of the people who are over 200cm and over 100kg. I thought about Markov inequality, but I ...