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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Random Poisson Sample, Probability in terms of $\vartheta$

If $X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_n$ are a random sample from a Poisson Distribution with mean $\vartheta>0$, how do you find $P(X\le 1)$ in terms of $\vartheta$? I've proven that summing $X_i$ for ...
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Improving related estimates

There are three underlying quantities $x$, $y$, and $a$, where $x$ and $y$ are vectors, and $a$ is a scalar. They are related by $x = ay$. We get noisy observations, $x_0,y_0$. We want to find $a$, ...
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Maximum likelihood estimators, hypergeometric and binomial

I'm trying to solve a two part problem. The set up is as follows: consider a bag with $\theta$ red marbles and $7-\theta$ blue marbles, with $\theta$ being unknown. Let $x$ denote the number of red ...
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Rao-Blackwell unbiased estimator geometric distribution

I'm looking at review questions and having trouble with this one! Let $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ be i.i.d. geometric R.V.s with the pmf: $(1-p)^{x-1}p$, for $x=1,2,\ldots$ and $0<p<1$. I need to use ...
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Is there a way to estimate the range of fitting coefficients from only the data?

Considering an approximation $f$ for a set of $N$ data points $(x,y)$ using, for example, $M$ radial basis functions at arbitrary sites in the domain $f_i = \sum_{j=1} ^M c_j\phi(||x_i-x_j||)$ where ...
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Hypothesis testing problem of Normal distributions.

Consider the following Hypothesis Testing problem: Hypothesis $H_0$ : $X \sim N(\mu_0, \sigma_0)$. Mean $\mu_0$ is known but only upper and lower bounds on $\sigma_0$ are known. Hypothesis $H_1$ : ...
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Finding expected value of variance estimator (sum expansion problem)

I am trying to show that variance estimator $\frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^{n}(X_i-\bar{X})^2$ is biased. I have an example in the book, and there is one step of this derivation I cannot understand: ...
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Calculating the variance of an estimator (unclear on one step)

How can you go from $4V(\bar X)$ to $\displaystyle \frac{4}{n}V(X_1)$? I understand the rest of the steps...
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Can we compute confidence intervals for the variance of an unknown distributions from sample variances?

Assume $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ are i.i.d. with unknown distribution $\mathcal D$ - we only know it is not normal and has finite variance. Is there a way to give confidence intervals for the variance of ...
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Numerical calculation of fisher information

I am trying to obtain numerically the fisher information. Given a likelihood function $$ f(X,\theta),$$ with $X \in [0,1]$. The fisher information is given by $$ ...
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Empirical Bayes estimator for a Beta-Binomial parameters

Let $X_t$ be collected from a Binomial distribution with parameters $N_t$ and $P_t$, where $N_t$ is known for $t= 1, 2, \dots , T$. On the other hand, $P_t \sim \operatorname{Beta}(\alpha_t, ...
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Scale Median for MRE Estimators with Absolute Difference Error Function for Scale Families

Lehmann, in Theory of Point Estimation p.212, defines scale median as the solution to: $${E(X)I(X\le c)} = {E(X)I(X\ge c)}$$ given $X$ is a positive random variable, and ${E(X)}< \infty$. Now ...
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Efficient method of approximating a distribution with Gaussian

Given a univariate uni-modal density function $f(x)$ (very hard to compute its cumulative distribution function (CDF) $F(x)$, not to mention its inverse CDF $F^{-1}(x)$), how to find the best ...
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Clasification of parameter estimation method

Consider that $P$ is the water pressure coming out from a valve A, therefore, the population is all the valve A pressure values. Let $P_{dif}$ be defined as the difference between the maximum and the ...
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Finding the efficiency of an unbiased estimator

I have a random sample drawn from a $N(\theta,\sigma^2)$ distribution with $\sigma^2$ known. I am trying to estimate $\theta$. I need to calculate the efficiency of the unbiased estimator, ...
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How to estimate parameters of a normal distribution?

Suppose one knew that 105 workers were evaluated by their boss. Such evaluation is distributed according to a normal distribution with mean $\mu$ and std. deviation $\sigma$. We also know that 20 ...
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How to estimate parameters of a uniform distribution?

I have information of the order in which students were classified in regard to their scores in a SAT test. I know the distribution of scores for each student is uniform with support [a,b]. I also know ...
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How do I find the MLE of $\theta$ when x is dependent on $\theta$?

Let $X_{1},X_{2},...,X_{n}$ represent a random sample from a distribution with pdf: $f(x; \theta)=e^{-(x-\theta)}, \theta \le x<\infty, -\infty<\theta<\infty$ | zero elsewhere I need to ...
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How to obtain estimate of covariance matrix that will be guarantee to be semi-positive define?

How to obtain estimate of covariance matrix that will be guarantee to be semi-positive define ? (Is CrossValidated better place for this question ?)
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Why should Gaussian noise have fractal dimension of 1.5?

In a paper I'm trying to understand, the following time series is generated as "simulated data": $$Y(i)=\sum_{j=1}^{1000+i}Z(j) \:\:\: ; \:\:\: (i=1,2,...,N)$$ where $Z(j)$ is a Gaussian noise with ...
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The distribution when combining two samples together?

Suppose $X\sim N(0,{\sigma}^2)$ and $Y\sim N(0,{2\sigma}^2)$ . $X_1, ..., X_m$ are the samples from $X$ and $Y_1, ..., Y_n$ are the samples from $Y$. And then combine two samples as a new sample ...
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Intuitive explanation of a definition of the Fisher information

I'm studying statistics. When I read the textbook about Fisher Information, I couldn't understand why the Fisher Information is defined like this: $$I(\theta)=E_\theta\left[-\frac{\partial^2 ...
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Expected value of a max

We have a roulette with the circumference $a$. We spin the roulette 10 times and we measure 10 distances, $x_1,\ldots,x_{10}$, from a predefined zero-point. We can assume that those distances are ...
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Show that estimates are unbiased

The following is a problem in my book that I don't really understand: We take a random sample: $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n$ from a population that is $N(μ,σ)$ where $\mu$ and $\sigma$ are unknown. We build ...
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how can I get minimum error probability for this decision problem?

I have the decision problem for 4 hypotheses as follows: $$H_j: Y_k=N_k-s_{jk},\ k=1,2,\ldots,n;\ j=0,1,2,3.$$ where signals are $s_{jk}=E_0\sin(w_cT(k-1)+(j+\frac{1}{2})\frac{\pi}{2}).$ $$$$ In ...
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Estimate number of distinct items

I have a large array of $n$ integers, some of which may be repeated, and I want to estimate how many distinct integers are in the array. Say the number of distinct integers is $N$. I can sample with ...
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Fisher Information and minimum variance estimators

I am trying to understand what can be proved about minimum variance estimators. I have changed the question to make it more specific. Let us assume we have some finite set $S$ of elements and we just ...
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biasedness/unbiasedness of an MLE.

To show whether an MLE I just found is biased/unbiased, would I need to find the expectation of the answer? Plus would I do this by integrating $\text{MLE} \cdot \text{pdf}$. My MLE is $ ...
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Several Unbiased Estimators

If I have some data set $ D={X_1,...X_N} $ and have an esitmator be "pick the first point" $X_1$, how can I show that this estimator is unbiased? I also have to show why its highly undesirable, and I ...
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Parameter optimization in probabilistic models

Task: Suppose we model a variable $y = Wx + \mu$ as a linear transformation of $x$ plus some Gaussian noise $\mu\sim\mathcal N(0,\sigma I)$. Our aim is to minimize the estimation error of $x$ given ...
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Estimating the number of observations from a set of samples

I repeatedly measure a value $S_n$ which is the sum of a set of $n$ hidden inputs. The goal is to identify the number of hidden inputs. All of the hidden inputs are driven by an experimenter ...
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Identification of parameters problem

I always struggle to get the true essence of identification in econometrics. I know that we state that a parameter (say $\hat{\theta}$) can be identified if by simply looking at its (joint) ...
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Showing that statistic is unbiased

Let $X $ be observed data. Let $\hat{\theta}(X)$ be an unbiased estimate of $\theta$ and let T be a sucient statistic for $\theta$. Define the new estimator $\hat\theta^{*}$ of $\theta$, $$ ...
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Estimate the size of a set given random sub sets.

Assuming there is a set $S$ that you are given subsets of, $s_1, s_2, ..., s_n$, estimate $|S|$ (and a confidence interval if possible) making as few assumptions as possible. I'm not going to quibble ...
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Determine whether a statistic is sufficient, given the probability density

Let $X_1, X_2, \dots, X_n$ be a sample of i.i.d. random variables, with density $$f_\theta=\frac{2}{3\theta}\left(1-\frac{x}{3\theta}\right) $$ for $0 < x < 3\theta$. And $f_\theta=0$ if $ x ...
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Using the MSE criterion, which is a better estimator for $\Theta^2$?

Question: Let $T_1$ and $T_2$ be independent unbiased estimators of a parameter $\Theta$. Assume that $\operatorname{Var}(T_2) = \operatorname{Var}(T_1)$. Using the MSE critertion, define which is a ...
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Proving that the sum of Good-Turing estimators is $1$

I want to know how to go about proving that the Good-Turing estimator has a total probability of $1$. I have seen this proof (page 2) but I found unclear the first step: $$\sum_j \theta[j] = \sum_r ...
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Fast variance calculation

Suppose to have a sequence $X$ of $m$ samples and for each $i^{th}$ sample you want to calculate a local mean $\mu_{X}(i)$ and a local variance $\sigma^2_{X}(i)$ estimation over $n \ll m$ samples of ...
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Exponential Distribution Maximum Likelihood

I found the following question in a past exam paper and I would like to ask how to solve it as I can't find anything in the notes related to it: ...
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Sufficient Estimators and Generalized Likelihood Ratios

If you can make the assumption that a sufficient statistic exists for some parameter - let's call it $\theta$. How would you show that the critical region of a likelihood ratio test will depend on ...
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Proof of convergence of a sum of mean-consistent estimators

After a few weeks off I am back at my self-study of Measure-Theoretic probability. As always, I thank the community for any detail and answers they can provide as I try to work myself through these ...
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Estimation Theory - Maximum Likelihood Estimation

The below homework question comes from Larsen and Marx, 4th edition. Is the maximum likelihood estimator for $\sigma^{2}$ in a normal pdf, where both $\mu$ and >$\sigma^{2}$ are unknown, ...
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Inverse problem from pdes

A linear inverse problem is given by: $\ \mathbf{d}=\mathbf{A}\mathbf{m}+\mathbf{e}$ where d: observed data, A: theory operator, m: unknown model and e: error. To minimize the effect of the noise; ...
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Estimating the Gamma function to high precision efficiently?

I know there are several approximations of the Gamma function that provide decent approximations of this function. I was wondering, how can I efficiently estimate specific values of the Gamma ...
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Unstable linear inverse problem: which “dampening” Tikhonov matrix should I use?

A linear inverse problem is given by: $\ \mathbf{d}=\mathbf{A}\mathbf{m}+\mathbf{e}$ where d: observed data, A: theory operator, m: unknown model and e: error. The Least Square Error (LSE) model ...
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How to match a discrete distribution to a continuous distribution in information theoretic sense?

Let $$ S \sim N(\mu, \sigma^2) $$ be a normally distributed random variable with known $\mu$ and $\sigma^2$. Suppose, we observe $$ X = \begin{cases} T & \text{if $S \ge 0$}, \\ -T & ...
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Solving perturbed polynomial equations

Rather than asking the most general question possible, I will frame it in terms of what I believe is an illustrative example. Let $\epsilon>0$ be a small parameter, let $a,b>0$ and $x\in ...
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Worst-case error related to Cramer-Rao bound

I would like to understand the relation (if any) between the Cramer-Rao Lower Bound of estimation theory and the following simple definition of "reconstruction accuracy" which doesn't use any ...
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Have spd $(A^TA)$ and $(B^TB)$, need $A^TB$.

Given two symmetric positive definite matrices $(A^TA)$ and $(B^TB)$ I need to compute $A^TB$. $A$ and $B$ are not given directly. $(A^TA)$ and $(B^TB)$ have the same dimensions. $A$ and $B$ are ...
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Gauss-Markov estimator properties

Consider a linear model $$ y = Ab+n, $$ where $b \in \mathbb{R^m}$ is a parameter to be estimated, $n \in \mathbb{R^{n}}$ is a noise with mean $\mathbb{E}n = m_{n}$ and with covariation matrix ...