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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Bayes estimator under squared error loss

Consider one random variable X from the Bernoulli distribution with parameter θ. Let p, the prior density, be equal to 6θ(1 − θ), for θ ∈ (0, 1). Under squared error loss, L(t, θ) = (t − θ)$^2$, the ...
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Risk in density estimation: grasping the definition

When generalizing estimators to an entire function what is the space in which we perform the integral to obtain the expected value (with respect to this function)? For example, when estimating ...
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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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calculate The maximum likelihood estimator of parameter $\mu$ according to $T$

suppose $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ be a random sample of $N(\mu,1)$. if $T=\sum_{i=1}^n I_{(X_i<0)}$ how can I calculate The maximum likelihood estimator of parameter $\mu$ according to $T$. ($\Phi$ is ...
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MLE of two-dimensional distribution

Let $X_1, ..., X_n$ be a random sample from a continuous distribution with pdf $$f_{\theta,\kappa}(x) = \frac{\kappa\theta^\kappa}{x^{\kappa+1}}, x\geq \theta, \theta > 0, \kappa > 0.$$ How to ...
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Maximum a Posteriori (MAP) Estimator of Exponential Random Variable with Uniform Prior

What would be the Maximum a Posteriori (MAP) estimator for $ \lambda $ for IID $ \left\{ {x}_{i} \right\}_{i = 1}^{N} $ where $ {x}_{i} \sim \exp \left( \lambda \right), \; \lambda \sim U \left[ ...
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How to calculate Fisher Information (FI) matrix for Multivariate Normal Distribution (MN)

Below is the gradient (score) of the MN log likelihood function L for n=1 observation. I originally attempted to calculate the Hessian matrix but ran into difficulty calculating 2nd order derivatives ...
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Estimating the “step size” of a grid

Suppose one is given a set of $M$ points distributed on a "grid", i.e: $$x_i = x_0 + \alpha n_i + \epsilon_i, \quad n_i\in\mathbb{Z}$$ This might like something like this: $\quad\ ...
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Conditional distribution [closed]

I am trying to figure out the derivation of Kalman filter based on Bayesian estimator. As we know, the assumption of Gauss-Markov model is used, then, the conditional distribution p(x(t)|Y(t-1))can be ...
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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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biased Maximum Likelihood estimation

Given $N$ points ($x_k$, k from $1$ to $N$) generated from a normal distribution (1-dimensional case) with known mean $\mu$, the Maximum Likelihood estimation of the variance is ...
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MAP Estimator with Laplacian Noise

I need to calculate the MAP estimator of $ x $ in the following case: $$ \left [ \begin{matrix} {y}_{1}\\ {y}_{2} \end{matrix} \right ] = \left [ \begin{matrix} x\\ x \end{matrix} \right ] + ...
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How to estimate minimum of a random variable

Let $X_i, i =1,\ldots,N$ be vectors of random varaibles. Each of them has $m$ components representing dimension, $X_{ij}, j=1,2,\ldots,m$. Specific values $x_{ij}$ are observations or data. From, ...
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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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Difficult to understand difference between the estimates on E(X) and V(X) and the estimates on variance and std.dev. on lambda-hat

I'm having a very hard time to separate estimates on population values versus estimates on sample values. I'm struggling with this exercise (not homework, self-study for my exam in introductionary ...
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How to prove that the maxium likelihood estimator of $\theta$ is aysmptotically unbiased and cosistent

In a class we looked at this example: Let $X_1,...,X_n\sim U(0,\theta)$. Then the maximum likelihood function is $\mathcal{L}(\theta) = \begin{cases} \dfrac{1}{\theta^{n}} & \text{if } ...
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bias reduction when the bias depends on the true parameter

Let's say we estimate a parameter, $\theta$, by $\hat{\theta}$. For this estimator we have the following property that $$\hat{\theta}\to_{p}\theta+f(\theta)$$ where $\to_{p}$ denotes convergence in ...
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Maximum likelihood estimator and confidence interval

Let $\theta$ be an unknown constant. Let $W_1,…,W_n$ be independent exponential random variables each with parameter $1$. Let $X_i=θ+W_i$. First, I need to find $\hat\theta _{ML}(x_1,\ldots ,x_ n)$. ...
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MLE of variance for a spherical Gaussian

I am trying to implement the X-Means clustering algorithm. In it, the authors use the BIC to determine which model fits the data best. It is explained here: ...
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Sum of variances of multinomial distribution.

I've k fair coins, and I would like to know the number of heads obtained in $n$ trials. But that is simple binomial distribution. But if I want to find out how much it varies from binomial ...
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Dice roll, estimator, epsilon

We roll a non-symmetric die. Let $X_n$ be the reulst of $n$-th roll. $$P(X_n = 6)= \frac{1}{6} + \varepsilon, \ P(X_n = 1) = \frac{1}{6} - \varepsilon, \ P(X_n=2) = ... = P(X_n = 5) = \frac{1}{6} $$ ...
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Most efficient estimator

$X_1,...X_n$ is a random sample of size $n$ from a population with mean $\mu$ and variance $\sigma^2$.There are three estimators for $\mu$:  $\hat\mu _1=\frac{x_1+x_2}{2}$ $\hat\mu ...
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Variance estimation of a diffusion process

The framework of this question is a 1 dimensional diffusion process, defined ny the following equation: $dx_t=adt+bdw_t$ Where $w_t$ is a standard berownian motion and and $a$ is a constant drif ...
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Near-Application of Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality

I have the following situation: I have two estimators of $\alpha$, both via maximum likelihood of the density: $$ f(x,y\mid \alpha,\beta) = f(y \mid x,\alpha,\beta)f(x \mid \alpha) $$ One uses only ...
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A mix between the Horvitz-Thompson and ordinary estimator

I have asked this question on mathoverflow, but got no answer. Here I have corrected some mistakes and wish to hear any ideas that may bring at least numerical result: The data I have two samples: ...
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How to find the bias, variance and MSE of $\hat p$?

If $X_1,\dots,X_n$ are iid $\mathrm{Binomial}(3,p)$, then the maximum likelihood estimator of $p$ is $$\hat p = \frac{1}{n}\sum_i X_i$$ Find the bias, variance and MSE of $\hat p$? We are asked to ...
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linear least square estimation with random sum

Let $N$ be a geometric r.v. with mean $1/p$; let $A1,A2,… $be a sequence of i.i.d. random variables, all independent of $N$, with mean $1$ and variance $1$; let $B1,B2,… $be another sequence of i.i.d. ...
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Second partial derivative of a minimum function

I am reading a book on detection and estimation theory, and the author had this to say in the derivation of the white noise process from the Wiener process: We can formally obtain the covariance ...
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Hypothesis test between two normal distributions

Let $T_1,T_2,\ldots ,T_ n$ be i.i.d. observations, each drawn from a common normal distribution with mean zero. With probability $1/2$ this normal distribution has variance $1$, and with probability ...
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Trajectory estimation

The vertical coordinate (“height") of an object in free fall is described by an equation of the form $x(t) = \theta _0 + \theta _1t + \theta _2 t^2,$ We assume that $\theta_0$ is a known constant. We ...
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Function of efficient estimator

Say I have an efficient estimator $\theta$, call it $\hat{\theta}$. If I wanted to estimate another quantity, call it $\delta = g(\theta)$, is there any result which allows me to say that ...
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Unbiased estimator for the sum of numbers

Let $\alpha_1, \dots, \alpha_n \in \mathbb{R}$. We want to approximate the sum as follows $$ S = \sum_{i=1}^{n} \alpha_i \approx \dfrac{n}{c} \sum_{i=1}^{c} \alpha_i, $$ where $\alpha_i$ is picked ...
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Hammersley–Chapman–Robbins bound for Rice distribution

I am trying to evaluate the Hammersley–Chapman–Robbins bound for the variance of an unbiased estimate $\hat{\alpha}$ of $\alpha$ (for a given $\sigma$) for the Rice distribution: $$p(x|\alpha,\sigma) ...
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Expectation of inverse of a symmetric matrix with gaussian elements

Is there any way to calculate: \begin{equation} \mathbb{E} \; ( H^{T}H )^{-1} \end{equation} assuming that the entries of the matrix $H$ are gaussian random variables with unknown means but same ...
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ML estimator for correlated random vectors

Suppose, we have two random vectors in $\mathbb{R}^2 $ denoted by $(X_1,Y_1)$ and $(X_2,Y_2)$ . The individual random variables can only take value in $\lbrace 0, 1 \rbrace$. We get samples of the ...
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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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UMVUE for pdf $f_{\theta}(x) = \theta e^{-\theta x}, x>0$

Let $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ be a random sample from a pdf $f_{\theta}(x) = \begin{cases} \theta e^{-\theta x}, & x>0 \\ 0, & \text{otherwise} \end{cases}$, where $\theta>0$ is an unknown ...
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Fisher Expected Information for a Gaussian Process model

Suppose I have a two dimensional Gaussian process model (GP), defined by a squared exponential correlation function s.t: $$R(x_{i},x_{j}) = \exp\left(-\frac{|x_{i} - x_{j}|^2}{2}\right).$$ I am ...
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Finding a bayes estimator

Let $X_1,...,X_n|\eta~\exp(1,\eta)$ and $\eta$~$N(\mu,1)$, where $\mu\epsilon\Re$. Find the Bayes estimator $\eta$ under the squared error loss. After finding the joint likelihood of $exp(1,\eta)$ ...
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calculating $\mathbb E\left(\exp\left(\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i=1}^n X_i^2\right)\right)$ [closed]

suppose $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n \sim \mathcal N(0,\sigma^2)$. How can I calculate $$\mathbb E\left(\exp\left(\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i=1}^n X_i^2\right)\right)$$
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calculating UMVUE of parameter $(1-\sigma^2)^-\frac{n}{2}$.

suppose $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ be random sample of $N(0,\sigma^2)$. how can I calculate UMVUE of parameter $(1-\sigma^2)^-\frac{n}{2}$. I know $T=\sum_{i=1}^n X_i^2$ is Sufficient and complete ...
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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 evaluate the goodness of Fit of parameters obtained from EM algorithm

I have a set of observations $\mathcal{Y} = {Y_1, \ldots, Y_T}$. I am running EM algorithm to fit the observations to the following Hidden Markov Model $$A = [a_{ij}]_{N \times N}, a_{ij} = P(X_{k+1} ...
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Hypothesis Test on Gaussian Mixture

I have data blocks being received at a node which can be presumed to be Gaussian sequence, $X(m_1,sigma_1).$ In some of the blocks a separate Gaussian stream $Y(m_2,sigma_2)$ adds to the original ...
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Compound distribution with unknown distribution of its hyperparameter

Suppose $X\sim \mathcal{N}(0,\sigma)$, and $\sigma$ is another random variable in a sense that we only know that it is some constant random variable with finite support, i-e $\sigma \in [\sigma_\max, ...
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What is the test statistic mentioned in the paper by Dai and Singleton?

I have read the paper with title 'Specification Analysis of Affine Term Structure Models' (2000) by Qiang Dai and Kenneth J. Singleton. On page 22 there's a table which include test statistics, these ...
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If $(X_i)$ are i.i.d. exponential $\lambda$, then $\hat\lambda=n/\sum{X_i}$ is a biased 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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probability distribution estimation from correlated samples

I am looking to solve the following estimation problem. Consider a blackbox where (given below) given an input X, its N observations are recorded as output. These observations are denoted by $Y_1, ...
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Difference between logarithm of an expectation value and expectation value of a logarithm

Assuming I have a always positive random variable $X$, $X \in \mathbb{R}$, $X > 0$. Then I am now interested in the difference between the following two expectation values: $E \left[ \ln X ...
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Rao-Blackwell improvement for a nonrandomized estimator

Context: please consider a parametric statistical model $(\mathcal{Y},\{P_\theta:\theta\in\Theta\})$ and suppose that we are estimating $g(\theta)$. Associated with this is the set of decisions ...