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Help in maximum likelihood estimate of a measure

There is a metric $H$ defined as = $\sum_{i=1}^{N} \min |u_i - u_j| * ..*|u_{i+d-1} - u_{j+d-1}|$ where $u$ is a multi dimensional vector of dimension $d$ and $u_i,u_j$ $\in \mathcal{R}^d$ are the ...
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Maximal value of $\vert r^2-n\vert$ with a special condition

let $M,n\in \mathbb{N}$ and $R=\lbrace r\in \mathbb{N} \mid \vert r- \sqrt{n}\vert <M<2\sqrt{n}\rbrace $. I have to show that the maximal value of $\vert r^2-n\vert $ for $r\in R$ is at most ...
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error of the composite trapezoidal rule

Let $f\in C^2[a,b]$. The composite trapezoidal rule is given by $$T_n[f]:=h\left(\frac{f(a)+f(b)}{2}+\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}f(x_k)\right)\;\;\;\;\;\left(h:=\frac{b-a}{n},\;x_k:=a+kh\right)$$ First, I've ...
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asymptotic normality and unbiasedness of mle

Suppose $\hat{\theta}_n$ is the MLE for some parameter $\theta$. Suppose also that the MLE is such that the Cramer regularity conditions are fulfilled, and $\hat{\theta}_n$ is asymptotically normal ...
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Unbiased estimators in an exponential distribution

We have $Y_{1}, Y_{2}, Y_{3}$ a random sample from an exponential distribution with the density function $ f(y) = \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} (1/\theta)\mathrm{e}^{-y/\theta} & y \gt 0 \\ 0 ...
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Estimating the series: $\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{k^a b^k}{k!}$

Any idea on how to estimate the following series: $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{k^a b^k}{k!}$$ where $a$ and $b$ are constant values. Greatly appreciate any respond.
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estimation question (I should be able to solve it but no, I failed)

Given: $ a = \frac{r+i}{r-i} $ $ b = \frac{r+j}{r-j} $ $ 1 < a < b \le 2a << r $ $ 0 < i < j << r $ How to estimate r given a and b?
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Calculating the Z-multiplier and Standard Error in Confidence Intervals

If someone can explain the process of working out the z-multiplier of the z-table. I mean, how do we actually calculate instead of looking up on the table? (my primary question) Also how do you ...
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how to apply non-linear least square

I'm trying to implement the example of estimating an angle between a target $\textbf{x}$ and a sensor $x_{p}$. I'm using the example in this book. There are three available measurements of the angle ...
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Method for estimating the $n^{th}$ derivative?

When using numerical analysis, I often find that I am required to estimate a derivative (e.g. when using Newton Iteration for finding roots). To estimate the first derivative of a function $f(x)$ at ...
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Estimate large covariance matrix using few samples.

Let $\mathbf{x}$ be a random vector in $\Bbb{R}^n$, such that $\mathbf{x}\sim N(\bar{\mathbf{x}}, \Sigma)$. $N$ observations of $\mathbf{x}$ are available, say $\{\mathbf{x}_i, i=1,\ldots,N\}$. The ...
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Find the largest value for $x_1$ in (0,1) such that $f(0.5)-P_2(0.5) = -0.25$ (interpolation)

I'm not really sure where to go with this problem and I'm hoping you can help. The problem states: Let $f(x) = \sqrt{x - x^2}$ and $P_2(x)$ be the interpolation polynomial on $x_0 = 0, x_1$, and ...
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linear regression model beta estimate

Suppose we want to estimate $\beta$ by minimizing $L(\beta)=\sum_{i=1}^n(y_i-\beta x_i)^2+\lambda|\beta|$, where $\lambda$ is a fixed positive constant. Calculate the estimate. How would I ...
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Lagrange interpolation: Getting a bound and finding the error

I am struggling to understand this: The problem asks me to find the lagrange error of the polynomial approximation given the nodes $x_0 = 1, x_1 = 1.25, x_2 = 1.6$ with $x = 1.4$ The function I am ...
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How this integration is solved?

Can anyone explain how this integration has been performed? This is a Bayes estimator for uniform prior assuming quadratic loss function. Thanks in advance
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$\sum _1 ^n |z_j| \ge 1 \Rightarrow | \sum _1 ^k z_{j_m}| \ge C$

Prove that there exists $C > 0$ such that the following implication holds: If $\{z_1, ..., z_n \} \subset \mathbb{C}$ are such that $\sum _{j=1} ^n |z_j| \ge 1$, then there exists $ \{z_{j_1}, ...
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Recursive Bayesian Estimation, $p(C_k|x)$ as likelihood

I''ve been struggeling with this problem for the last couple of days. The main goal is to use the probabilistic classification output $p(C_k|x)$, from for example a logistic regression, to enhance ...
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Normalisation of Monte Carlo overlap

Background: In quantum mechanics you are sometimes required to compute the overlap (inner product) of two wave functions (square integrable complex functions) $\Psi(x)$ and $\Phi_i(x)$ as $$ ...
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Subset of samples has any effect on sufficiency of the statistic?

If we have the following iid samples $$ X_1, ..., X_n \sim N(\mu, \sigma^2) $$ where only $\mu$ is unknown. We know one sufficient statistic is the following: $$ T = \frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^n X_i $$ ...
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How do I determine a sample size for Poisson distributions?

An average ball player scores 20% of his penalties. How many penalty results would I need to receive before I can say that a player scores at a rate of 15% requires coaching on his penalty shots? ...
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Sample size required to estimate population proportion with given precision

It plans to conduct a study on the percentage of homeowners who have at least two TVs. What should be the sample size if we want to ensure that $95\%$ of estimation error is less than $0.01$? ...
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Maximum likelihood estimation of $a,b$ for a uniform distribution on $[a,b]$

I'm supposed to calculate the MLE's for $a$ and $b$ from a random sample of $(X_1,...,X_n)$ drawn from a uniform distribution on $[a,b]$. But the likelihood function, ...
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Polynomial Expansion Proof Estimation

1-(1-x)^n where x is a value between 0 and 1 and n is a large value. This estimates to around x*n. I am having trouble with the polynomial expansion. According to Pascal's triangle, the first few ...
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Continuous RV - minimizing absolute deviation

We try to find c value minimizing E[|x-c|], "expected value of absolute deviations", for a continuous random variable X. E[|x-c|]=Integral(-inf,inf)[|x-c|]f(x)dx ...
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“Interpolating between estimates”?

the headline reproduces the whole problem. What is meant by saying "Interpolating between the estimates (A) and (B), we finally obtain..."? For beeing mor specific I'll give the concrete estimates ...
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Is $-\log(x^2) \geq 2(1-x)$ for $x \in (0,1]$?

I want to show that $-\log(x^2) \geq 2(1-x)$ for $x \in (0,1]$, where $\log$ is the logarithm to base 2. How can I do that? I tried to make an estimate by first bringing the minus to the other side ...
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what is the probability that the contractor's estimate will be within 5 weeks of the true mean

A contractor uses sample mean lifetime $x'$ of $250$ compressors as her estimate for population mean lifetime m of all new compressors. If this brand of compressors has a standard deviation of $35$ ...
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Show that the found value is the MLE

Let $ X_1, ... X_n$ i.i.d with pdf $$f(x;\theta)=\frac{x+1}{\theta(\theta+1)}\exp(-x/\theta), x>0, \theta >0$$ It is asked to find the MLE estimator for $\theta.$ The likelihood function is ...
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Gaussian Curve Fitting - Parameter Estimation

I was redirected here because someone in SO pointed out this is more of a math question than a programming question: I have to fit a Gaussian curve to a noisy set of data and then take it's FWHM for ...
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Numerical integration tolerance pitfalls

Consider that we want to estimate $$\int_{\pi/2}^{\pi/2+8\pi}sin(x)dx$$ (the value of this integrate is obviously zero) with the Midpoint rule. We start with the endpoints $a=\pi/2$ and $b=\pi/2+8\pi$ ...
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Unbiased estimator for maximum

Assume $n$ independent random variables with unknown distributions $\{X_1,X_2,...,X_n\}$. Multiple "samples" or observations for each of these variables are given (not necessarily with the same ...
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Distribution of the sample variance of n iid exponential variables

I have to check some properties of an estimator, but I can't find its distribution. Let $X_1,...,X_n $ be independent identically distributed exponential variables with parameter $ \theta $, i.e. ...
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How many terms are required to get $D$ digits of Riemann zeta prime function?

How many terms are required to get $D$ digits of Riemann zeta prime function $\zeta_p(s) = \sum_p \frac{1}{p^s}$? Sebah & Gourdon mentions that finding $\zeta_p(2)$ to 20 digits by using $\sum_p ...
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Commulative degree distribution of nodes in a scale-free network

In a Barabasi-Albert model, which is a special kind of scale-free graphs, the degree distribution of each node is $$P(k) \sim k^{-3}$$ Given $\| V \|$ (number of nodes), how can I compute "number of ...
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density of statistic

Let $X^1$ ... $X^n$ be a random sample coming from a distribution with density : $p(x)=\begin{cases}2\theta^2/x^3, \text{if} \ x\geq 0 \\ \\ 0, \text{if} \ \ x<0 \end{cases}$ Let us denote the ...
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Statistics and Some Information Challenge

relation between two attribute x,y is $y=\alpha\beta^{-x}$. According to 8 experiments these information were gained. what is the estimation of ( $\alpha, \beta$) using Least Square Error? it's 2010 ...
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How to use Richardson extrapolation

In comment section in the question "Convergence of $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{p_{k^2}}$, where $p_k$ is the $k$th prime" it is suggested that one first calculate $$ f(n) = \sum_{k=1}^{n} ...
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Prove recursive form of linear least squares estimate.

I have a zero-mean stochastic vector $\mathbf{x}$ which I estimate using observations of a random process $y_i$ where $i=0,1,...$ I denote the linear least squares estimate of $\mathbf{x}$ using all ...
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Estimating the remainder for Mac Laurin's series

I'm practicing Taylor's series and i found some old task. Calculate value of function $f(x) = e^x + e^{-x}$ at point $x = \frac{1}{\sqrt 2}$ with error not greater than $d=\frac{1}{20}$ So here's ...
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Estimate on the difference of quotients

The following is supposedly true (found it in a paper), however I fail to see why. Let $L(x)$ be a function that goes to $0$ as $x\rightarrow\infty$, $g(n)$ a sequence which goes to $\infty$ as ...
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How to estimate the standard deviation in this normal distribution?

There is this simple looking basic statistics question that asks to estimate its mean and standard deviation. I have some doubts and just want to make sure whether my working is correct. For part ...
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How to estimate $\sum_{x=1:n}{xf(x)}$ having $\tilde{f}$

I have an estimator $\tilde{f}(x)$ whose error is at most $\epsilon$, i.e., $\frac{|f(x)-\tilde{f}(x)|}{|f(x)|} \leq \epsilon$. I want to estimate $\sum_{i=1:n}i.f(i)$ with a small error. But if I ...
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Approximating $100!$

I participated in an Estimathon (a speed contest of Fermi problems) not long ago. It works as follows. Contestants are given questions and they must give a closed range $[a,b]$ which should contain ...
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Using EM versus estimating all parameters directly

My question is really a request for a clarification, and pertains to whether or not there are questions for which it is necessary to use EM or if it's more of a convenience. Let's presume we have n ...
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Two stage GMM estimator in Matlab

I am trying to create a simple GMM estimator for the mean of a normally distributed random variable using the first three odd central moments of a normal distribution (all of which should be zero ...
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Using integral estimation to show that $ \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {\ln k}{k^2} \le \frac {2+3\ln2}{4}$

Show with Integral estimation that $$ \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac {\ln k}{k^2} \le \frac {2+3\ln2}{4}$$ $$f(k)=\frac {\ln k}{k^2} $$ For the integral it is : 1 But the other part is the ...
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Compute an upper bound on generalized eigenvalues (by using the coefficients)

Consider the generalized, symmetric eigenvalueproblem: \begin{equation} A x = \lambda B x, \end{equation} with $A, B$ symmetric and $B$ being positive definite. For some computations, i was trying ...
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Statistics question: Estimating mean when standard deviation is known

I am reading a textbook to learn more about statistics. This section is about estimating the mean of a population when standard deviation of the population is known. My simple question is this: How ...
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When does l1 regularisation give a sparse solution?

I was maximising a likelihood function, which is convex. I know that the system has a K-sparse solution. I wanted to know the conditions (or some sufficient conditions) on the likelihood function ...
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Sufficient statistic

Let $\mathbf{X}=(X_1,\ldots,X_n)$ with joint frequency function $f(\mathbf{x};\theta_1,\theta_2)$ where $\theta_1,\theta_2$ vary independently. The set ...