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How many bathtubs in a min?

During the summer about $750,000$ gallons of water fall over the edge of Niagara Falls every second. If an Olympic sized swimming pool holds about $660,000$ gallons of water, how many Olympic sized ...
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Estimating the Average and Standard Deviation of a Population based on a Sample with Missing Data with Known Ranks

I need a way to shows me how the parameters of PDF, log-normal in this case, can be estimated based on a set with missing data points at the tail end of a sample. For example, Consider we had 20 ...
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How to estimate magnitude of expontent?

When given an exponent, such as 6^12, is there a simple way to approximate how large(magnitude) the result is, without performing the calculation? Is this method accurate for large exponents?
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Confidence Interval for Incidence Rates

I have a huge sample of patients followed up for a certain Event. I would like to calculate the following crude incident rates: #{Events}/(1000*PersonYear). My sample is big enough to assume that this ...
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Is $\lim S_{n,m}=\sum_{k=1}^n({-1})^k{n\choose k}k^{-m}<\infty $ for $ n \to \infty$ and $m$ large?

Let $m$ be a fixed positive integer ($m>1)$ and let $$S_{n,m}=\sum_{k=1}^n({-1})^k{n\choose k}k^{-m}$$ be a partial sum of real series. My question here is : Is $\lim S_{n,m} <\infty $ as $ n \...
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How to calculate entropy from a set of samples?

entropy (information content) is defined as: $$ H(X) = \sum_{i} {\mathrm{P}(x_i)\,\mathrm{I}(x_i)} = -\sum_{i} {\mathrm{P}(x_i) \log_b \mathrm{P}(x_i)} $$ This allows to calculate the entropy of a ...
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In terms of $a, b,$ and $\theta$, what is the biased $b(\hat \theta)$?

The Statement of the Problem: Let $\{P_{\theta}: \theta \in \Theta \}$ be a statistical model. Suppose that $\hat \theta$ is an estimator for a parameter $\theta$ and $E_{\theta}(\hat \theta) = a\...
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Expected value and the standard simple regression model

Given the standard simple regression model: $y_i = β_0 + β_1 x_i + u_i$ What is the expected value of the estimator $\hat\beta_1$in terms of $x_i, \beta_0$ and $\beta_1$ when $\hat\beta_1=\sum x_i ...
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Proof of differentialbility in mean square calculus?

let $x_t$ be a mean squared Riemann integrable over $[a, t]$ for every $t\in[a,b]$. Then $y_t=\int\limits_a^t x_\tau d\tau\ $ is mean squared continuous on $[a, b]$. Furthermore, if $x_t $ is mean ...
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Estimating the sum of a series within arbitrary certainty.

Find the sum of the series $\displaystyle \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^5} = a_n$ within three decimal places. The sum is estimated by $\displaystyle a_n \approx \sum_{k=1}^{n}\frac{1}{k^5}+R(n)$ ...
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Finding a better upper bound for an integral of a product of $n$ terms

So I'm trying to find and upper bound for the integral $$ \int\limits_{a}^b \! (x-x_1)^2 \cdots (x-x_n)^2\, \mathrm{d}x, $$ where $x_i \in [a,b], \enspace \forall i=1,\dots ,n.$ I've tried ...
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Establishing consistency

I need to establish the (weak) consistency of an estimator of the mean, $T=a+b\bar{X}$. I tried to apply Chebyshev's inequality, but I couldn't do much because the parameter that subtract in the ...
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Confidence interval for sample

I have a sample of size $n=19593$ of count data ...
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construct confidence interval from proportions

Suppose you have a population of count data, i.e., $1,2,3, \dots, k$, you have a sample of the population of size $n$, and you have a confidence interval for the proportion of $1$'s , $2$'s,\dots$n$'s ...
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MLE for CTMC parameters

Let the data set be $$D = \{(s_0, t_0), (s_1, t_1), ..., (s_{N-1}, t_{N-1})\}$$ where $N=|D|$. Each $s_i$ is a state from the state space $S$ and during the time $[t_i,t_{i+1}]$ the chain is in state $...
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Solve the system of equations by variable estimation

Solve the system of equations: $\left\{\begin{array}{l}(x-1)\sqrt{x-y^2}=y(x-2y+1)\\y\sqrt{x-1}+3\sqrt{x-y^2}=2x+y-1\end{array}\right.$ I guess there is only one solution $(x;y)=(2;1)$. This is my ...
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Estimate how many times to flip a coin to get at least 30 heads with probability of 80%

Im completely stumped by this problem. It goes as follows: Estimate how many times a fair coin must be thrown in order to obtain at least 30 heads with a probability of 0.80. Ive tried playing with ...
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Berry-Esseen bound for binomial distribution

From the Berry-Essen theorem I can deduce $$\sup_{x\in\mathbb R}\left|P\left(\frac{B(p,n)-np}{\sqrt{npq}} \le x\right) - \Phi(x)\right| \le \frac{C(p^2+q^2)}{\sqrt{npq}}$$ with $C \le 0.4748$. My ...
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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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Can I adjust linear growth of a a subpopulation to a linear decay of the general population?

I need to estimate the amount of CF patients in Poland in the next four years. I have: estimations of the Polish population for the future years a CF patients' register for the last couple of years ...
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Functions of polynomial growth and the Schwartz space

A smooth function $m \in \mathcal C^\infty(\mathbb R^n)$ is said to be slowly increasing if for all $\alpha \in \mathbb N^n_0$ there exists $C_\alpha, k_\alpha$ such that $|\partial_\alpha f(x)| \leq ...
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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[ {u}_{...
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What are the bounds (upper and lower) for $|A+A|$?

Let $A$ be a finite set of real (or complex) numbers. If I consider sets with small sizes, we have that: If $A$ is the empty set, then $A+A$ is also empty. If $A$ is a singleton, then $A+A$ is ...
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Sampling with no duplicates

I am sampling a population of unknown size and unknown distribution. The sample will be taken over distinct time intervals, but I have to reject any duplicates in the given time interval. The sample ...
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Polynomial roots finding algorithm

My initial problem is a parameter estimation problem that is solved by minimining a least-square criterion with the Gauss-Newton algorithm. However finding a good initial iterate is very tedious. I'...
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Bounding $\sum_{k=1}^N \frac{1}{1-\frac{1}{2^k}}$

I'm looking for a bound depending on $N$ of $\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^N \frac{1}{1-\frac{1}{2^k}}$. The following holds $\displaystyle \sum_{k=1}^N \frac{1}{1-\frac{1}{2^k}} = \sum_{k=1}^N \sum_{i=0}^...
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Decay of reciprocal gamma function and similar functions

It is known that the reciprocal gamma function $1/\Gamma$ is entire of order 1 meaning, in particular, that for any $\varepsilon > 1$ there exists $C_\varepsilon > 0$ such that $$ \left| \frac{...
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Deriving Point Estimate Based on Sample Mean with λ

This is a review question I'm trying to solve. I didn't receive a direct answer, only a few tips from my professor, and I want to see if I'm moving in the right direction. It's a very general question....
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Is there an exact solution for this resampling (synchronization) problem?

I want to know if there is an exact solution for the following problem and how to approach solving it: I have a discrete-time signal where the Nyquist theorem is satisfied: $$ r_k = \sum_i a_i^{(1)}...
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Reference request, statistical inference

Good morning, I'm looking for a good reference for study on statistical inference, the main topics that will study are Tests of Hypotheses Interval estimation I recommend taking a look at Mood ...
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Estimate number of songs a radio station has [duplicate]

Imagine the following problem: You listen to a radio station and take notes how often was each song played. How can you estimate based on your notes (e.g. 30 songs played once, 2 played twice, one ...
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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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multivariate interval estimation

I have several samples of probabilistic vectors, i.e, each sample is of the form $(x_1, \cdots, x_n)$ such that $\sum_{i=1}^n x_i\leq 1$ (they are sub-probabilistic vectors), how can I obtain a ...
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Confidence Interval for Pareto Distribution

A random variable is said to have probability density function $$f_X(x)=\frac{\alpha k^\alpha}{x^{\alpha +1}},\quad \alpha , k>0 \; \text{ and }\; x>k.$$ 1. Compute the MLE estimators $\...
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Estimating compound growth

I have a compound interest function with the following parameters: Value at time 0 = 13.8 Interest rate = 0.05 time interval = 10 I need to check quickly, (without a calculator, only pen and paper) ...
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Estimating the size of my population

I have a following problem: Imagine you have a hat with many different balls in it and you want to estimate, how many balls are totally in the hat. The only think you are allowed to do is to take one ...
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variance and sample confused

when solving (b) Is variance $$V(\frac{1}{2}(x_1+x_2)) = \frac{1}{4}V(x_1+x_2)= \frac{1}{4}(v(x_1)+v(x_2))= \frac{1}{2}\sigma^2$$ or should I divide variance by the sample size so that $$V(\frac{1}{...
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student's $t$-distribution

Random sample of $457$ Sample mean = $3.59$ Sample standard deviation $1.045$ Confidence interval from $3.49$ to $3.69$ What is the confidence level? How can I get the answer when sample size is ...
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Estimates for the normal approximation of the binomial distribution

I'm interested in estimates of the normal approximation for binomial distributions, i.e. in estimates of $$\sup_{x\in\mathbb R}\left|P\left(\frac{B(p,n)-np}{\sqrt{npq}} \le x\right) - \Phi(x)\right|$$...
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Conditional expectation and rao-blacwell

I am studying on UMVUE, and I'm struggling to find that conditional expectation Let $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ random sample of $X\sim U[0,\theta]$. i) Show that $2X_1$ is a unbiased estimator for $\theta$ and ...
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Kurtosis of sum of Independent Random Variables

Suppose that $X$ and $Y$ are independent random variables with different expected values and variances. Suppose we define kurtosis as $$Kurt(X)=\frac{E[(X- \mu)^4]}{E[(X- \mu)^2]^2}$$ My question is ...
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Why has the Stein operator for normal approximations the form $(\mathcal Af)(x)=f^\prime(x)-xf(x)$?

My Question: Why has the Stein operator $\mathcal A$ for normal approximations the form $(\mathcal Af)(x)=f^\prime(x)-xf(x)$? How can one deduce this form of the operator? Reason for my question: I ...
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Is the event is plausible or not?

An atlete specialized in long jump events jumps an average of $\bar x=7.91m$ in $12$ trials. The standard error of the mean jump distance in these trials is $0.2m$. Is it plausible that when the ...
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Defining bias function for n trial

Let a point estimate for the sample variance be given as $\hat{\sigma}^2 = \frac{1}{n}\sum\limits_{i=1}^n(X_i- \bar{X})^2$ where $n$ is the number of samples. What is the bias in this estimate as a ...
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comparing MSE of estimations of binomial random variables

$X$ is a binomial random variable defined over 12 Bernoulli trials with a success probability of $p$ in each (i.e. $X\sim\operatorname{Bin}(12,p)$. Consider $\hat p=\frac X{10}$ Determine the range ...
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Integral with logarithm is positive

Given the following integral: $$I(f) = \int_\mathbb{R} f(x) \log \left(f(x) \sqrt{2\pi} e^{\frac{x^2}{2}}\right) dx,$$ where we assume $\int_{\mathbb{R}} f(x)\, dx =1$ and $f\geq 0$ a.e. Assume for ...
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Estimation of the integral

I am trying to compute, or find a good estimate from above the following integral $$ \frac{1}{\pi}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}|t|^{-1/p}\left|\frac{|t|^{\nu}-1}{t-1}\right|dt, $$where $0<1/p<1$ and $...
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Show that MLE of $\lambda = \frac{n-T_n}{S_n+cT_n}$

$X_i$ are i.i.d exponential, mean $\lambda^{-1}$ for $1 \leq i \leq n$ and, the values are measured such that $X_i = c$ if $X_i \geq c$ and $X_i$ otherwise. Show that MLE of $\lambda = \frac{n-T_n}{...
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Simpson's rule to estimate distance traveled given velocity at certain points

Problem: A boat drives a steady course with a variable speed for 4 hours. The speed is registered at regular intervals in meters per second. The registration shows $2.4, 4.4, 7.6, 8.4, 8.6, 7.9, 8.3,...
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How to find the estimator using random variables in statistics

I'm doing an assignment for homework in my statistics class. I'm having trouble really understanding what is going on when it comes to estimators, and what the estimator of something is given a random ...