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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How to estimate the covariance matrix if the unnormalized pdf is known but integral is intractable? [duplicate]

Assume a $d$-dimensional random vector $x$, whose unnormalized pdf is known as the product of N multivariate t-distribution: $$Pr(x)\propto\prod_{i=1}^nt_{\nu_i,\mu_i,\Sigma_i}(x)$$ Is there any ...
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What is the problem with this model parameter estimation algorithm?

In a statistical model with parameters $\theta$ and unobserved laten variables $Z$, the model likelihood is $$L(\theta;X)=Pr(X|\theta)=\sum_ZPr(X,Z|\theta)$$ The standard way to estimate $\theta$ ...
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estimation problem for two-parameter weibull distribution

Suppose the two-parameter Weibull distribution is given by the pdf $$ f(x;a,b) = \left(\frac{x}{a}\right)^b\frac{b}{a}\exp\left\{-\left(\frac{x}{a}\right)^b\right\}, $$ where $x,a,b>0$. I am ...
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Optimal combination of multiple estimates of a random variable

For the following estimation problem: y = hx + n, x is the sent data, y is the observation (received data), h is a scaling factor (known), n is an AWGN random variable with zero mean ...
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OLS estimators in stationary process

Given a stationary process xt=a+b*t+et with et a white noise, how can I find the OLS estimators for a and b? Cheers
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When does Cramer-Rao Lower Bound fail to hold?

When does Cramer-Rao Lower Bound fail to hold? I have computed the bound, and still one of my estimators has less variance below the bound. Why does this happen? Should not this bound hold always?
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compute maximum likelihood estimator and confidence interval

Let $X$ have a poisson distribution with parameter ${\lambda}$. Find the maximum likelihood estimator of ${\alpha}=P(X=0)$. In a sample of size 100 from a poisson distribution, it is found that the ...
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Show that E(g(T-p)) < E(g(S-P) for any convex function g if T and S are estimators of p

The more detailed question. I'm kinda having some trouble starting out with answering this question. My initial approach would be to g(x)= x^2 since that is a convex function and find the expected ...
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Monte carlo formula to compute the approximation of variance of MLE

In the book of "Monte Carlo Statistical Methods", the book gives an approximation formula for the variance of MLE, Later on, the book mentions that this approximation formula can be written as ...
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How to compute MAP estimate of y?

Suppose that a scalar random variable y is of the form $y=z+v$, where the pdf of $v$ is $p_{v}(t)=\frac{t}{2}$ on the interval $[0,2]$, and the pdf of $z$ is $p_{z}(t)=2t$on the interval $[0,1]$. Both ...
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Predicting future outcomes from samples when sample sizes and distributions are not controlled and vary

I'm very stale in my statistics and am trying to calculate my confidence around a certain mean outcome from an investment firm (I'll use lay person terms so that I am not assuming any particular type ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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Maximum Likelihood

Find maximum likelihood estimator $\hat\theta$ of $f(x;\theta) = (1/2)\exp(-|x-\theta|)$, for $-\infty \leq x < \infty$ and $-\infty \leq x < \infty$. I am confused of how to deal with the ...
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expectation of Gamma distribution help

If x∼Gamma(1,λ) how would i find the expected value E(e^bx) where b=aλ I'm kinda stuck as to how to approach the question. Some help will be greatly appreciated Thank you in advance
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Suitability of skew normal for rating task and calculation

in an experiment, I ask participants to rate qualities on a continuous scale. I expect the results to be normal distributed and I am confident that assuming a normal works fairly well for most values. ...
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Assigning prior to $\gamma$ in composite power function $P(t) = max[\lambda t^{-\beta}, \gamma]$

I want to estimate the parameters $\lambda, \beta$ and $\gamma$ using a bayesian approach and an MCMC sampler. With the exception of $t$ all variables are random variables between $0$ and $1$. $t$ is ...
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Markov Chain : Montonicity of Sample Mean

Let $\{X_n\}_{n\geq1}$ be an irreducible, ergodic Markov chain with discrete state-space $S$, transition probability matrix $P$ and steady state distribution $\pi = \{\pi_j\}_{j\in S}$. Let $f$ be a ...
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Bounds on least squares and weighted least squares estimator

I was wondering if I can get some help in getting bounds on the parameters estimated by least squares (LS) and weighted least squares (WLS) methods. Suppose our observation model is: $\mathbf{y} = ...
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Finding UMVUE from Lehmann-Sheffe Directly

I am having some trouble with an example from the book I am following. Let $X_1,X_2,...,X_n$ for $n>2$ be an iid set of $N(\mu,\sigma^2)$ random variables with, $\mu\in\mathbb{R}$ and ...
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How to calculate $Q_n$estimator

How to calculate $Q_n$estimator from this formula for sample $1\;3\; 6\;2\;7\;5$: $$Q_n=d\left\{|x_i-x_j|;\;\;i<j\right\}_{(k)}$$ where d is constant factor and $k={h \choose 2}\thickapprox ...
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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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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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how to calculate vehicle speed using mathematics and Image processing?

i am doing my project in image processing.using segmentation i have detected the moving part(i.e the car) in the video successfully. But now i want to calculate speed of vehicle. in the above ...
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Intuitive explanation of Fisher Information and Cramer-Rao bound [closed]

I am not comfortable with Fisher information, what it measures and how and how is it helpful. Also it's relationship with the Cramer-Rao bound is not apparent to me. Can someone please give an ...
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CRLB to find UMVUE

In what situation can one obtain an estimator that reaches the Cramer-Rao lower bound, i.e. an efficient estimator? I know the rules for finding UMVUEs, and I know they are efficient if they reach ...
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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 ...