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### Explanation for the uniformity of the distance between a Gaussian variable to its nearest integer?

earlier I asked the question Expected distance for a gaussian variable to its nearest integer. and got a good answer. The expected distance is highly close to $1/4$, which is very similar to the ...
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### probability for two vectors to lie on different regions created by hypeplane

Suppose we have two vectors $v_i,v_j$ and there is one hyperplane whose normal is chosen uniformly from the unit sphere. Then what will be the probability that $v_i$ lies on one side and $v_j$ lies on ...
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### fixed length random chord outside of circle.

consider a uniform distribution on a unit circle, I construct a cord by the following steps: pick one endpoint A within the unit circle uniformly. points that are $0<d<1$ distance away from ...
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### A probability problem with multivariate Gaussian distribution

I am a computer science guy, not a mathematician so kindly excuse me if there is any ridiculous error in my problem description. I have two clusters $C_1$ and $C_2$ in a feature space spanned by $k$ ...
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### Density on the square, expected value

Let $f: [0,1]^2 \rightarrow \Bbb R^{+}$ a density function on the square. I suppose that the random variable $X=(X_1,X_2)$ has the density f with respect to the lebesgue measure. I denote ...
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### Random embedding of $K_4$ in the unit square

Suppose I embed $K_4$ (the complete graph on 4 vertices) randomly in the unit square (using the uniform distribution for the positioning of the vertices). $K_4$ is planar, but not any embedding of it ...
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### A point is selected uniformly at random in the interior of a unit square…

From It, the altitude to each side of the square is drawn. For each side, a stick of the altitude's length is obtained. Determine the probability that you can select three of the sticks and arrange ...
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### find a chance that all N points lie on the half circle. [duplicate]

We are given a circle with N randomly allocated points on it. Task is to find a chance that all N points lie on the one half of circle. I have drafted some solution: 1. Since there are no way to put ...
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### Distributions with a given mean and covariance

Fix $X := \mathbb R^d$ for some $d \ge 1$. Fix a vector $m \in X$ and a covariance operator $k : X^* \to X$, i.e., a symmetric, nonnegative-definite operator. Let $\Delta_{m,k}(X)$ denote the ...
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### Expected value of the distance between 2 uniformly distributed points on circle

I have the following problem (related to Bertrand): Given a circle of radius $a=1$. Choose 2 points randomly on the circle circumference. Then connect these points using a line with length $b$. ...
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### Buffon's experiment with squares

Say, we'd like to make the Buffon's experiment but with squares instead of needles. Notation: $d$ is the distance between lines $b$ is the square side length $y$ is the distance from the center of ...
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### Random Triangle Inscribed in a Circular Sector

Lately, I have been thinking about expected area and perimeter of a triangle inscribed in a 'partial' circle or circular sector with radius $r$ and truth be told, I couldn't answer these questions. I ...
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### What's the chance for a dart to fall on a given line?

The Wikipedia article for "almost surely" gives this example. Suppose you throw a dart at a unit square. There is nothing else in the universe but you, the dart and the square - thus the dart must ...
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### Predicting Likelihood of Uncertain Measurement

I am taking measurements of the distance from my position to a wall. The distance measurements contain error. The knowledge of the position of the wall contains uncertainty. Given knowledge of the ...
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### Estimating the geometric shape of a point cloud without using the vertex information

Consider a point cloud format that describes 3D point clouds by vertices, triangle labels and normal vectors. If we miss the vertex information, is it possible to retrieve the lost data by triangle ...
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### random circle with radius r on cartesian plane, probability of it not cutting x and y axis with intercepts.

I have a tough question here. Choose a circular disk of radius r on the cartesian plane. What's the probability it is not cut by horizontal lines with integer y intercept, or vertical lines with ...
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### Random walk problem in the plane

Let a particle in the plane $R^2$ executes random jumps at discrete times $t= 1, 2, ...$. At each step, the particle jumps from the point it is a distance of lenght one. The angle of any new jump ...
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### What is the average length of 2 points on a circle, with generalizations

I have earlier seen the question about finding the average length of two points and $n$ points inside the unit disk. But what about the more simple question, what happens if the points lie exactly on ...
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### Expected value of maximum distance between points

Consider a two dimensional square domain ($S$) of size $l \times l$. We generate a point $\mathbf{x}_i = (x_i,y_i)$ in S with uniform distribution, i.e., the point is equally likely to be anywhere ...
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### A follow-up to the regular hexagon question

This is a follow-up to the regular hexagon question. The problem statement was: Suppose we have a sphere and more than a half of its surface is red. Prove or disprove that we can place all ...
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### Expected values of some properties of the convex hull of a random set of points

$N$ points are selected in a uniformly distributed random way in a disk of the unit radius. Let $P(N)$ and $A(N)$ denote the expected perimeter and the expected area of their convex hull. For what ...
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### Geometric Probability- Circle and two points

A point $P$ is chosen $0.5$ units away from the centre of a circle of diameter $2$. Now two points are chosen randomly on the circumference of the circle. What is the probability that the triangle ...
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### Expected length of the shortest polygonal path connecting random points

$N$ points are selected in a uniformly distributed random way in a disk of a unit radius. Let $L(N)$ denote the expected length of the shortest polygonal path that visits each of the points at least ...
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### Packing a larger sphere with smaller spheres in high dimensions

We were discussing today the probability of leaving a point uncovered while trying to fill a larger sphere by randomly throwing in smaller spheres. Here's the argument: We are working in ...
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### Find the probability that splitting the unit interval into three random segments results in the sides of a triangle.

I found the question here. The precise problem is The unit interval is broken at two randomly chosen points along its length. Show that the probability that the lengths of the resulting three ...
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### Expectation number of random points exactly on their convex hull

Suppose there are n random points uniformly distributed in a square, what's the expectation of the number of the points located exactly on the edge (or being vertexes) of their convex hull? What if ...
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### A spaceship travelling to infinity while avoiding star collisions

Consider placing countably infinitely many points labeled $S_i$ randomly over $\mathbb{R}^2$, with asymptotic density points/area $µ$. Then, what is the largest $r$ such that we can find a a ...
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### Probability that coin will fall into a square

So the exercise is this: We have and infinite chessboard and we have a coin. Every grid is of length and width $a$, whereas the coin has diameter $2 \cdot r<a$. We throw a coin into a chessboard ...
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### Determine if a set of points on a sphere come from a uniform distribution?

I have a large distribution of points on the unit sphere $S^2$ and I want to determine if those points came from a uniform distribution on the surface. Essentially, I'm looking for a two dimensional ...
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### Random walks and diffusion limits

Imagine a long and narrow cylinder of radius r and a point particle that moves in the region bounded by the cylinder. The motion is specified as follows: starting at a point on the inner wall of the ...
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### an easy way to calculate d-volumes

If I have a function $f:\mathbb{R}^d\longrightarrow\mathbb{R}$ and I want to show that for all $[a_1,b_1]\times\cdots\times[a_d,b_d]\subset[0,1]^d$ the $f$-Volume is non-negative or non-positive, that ...
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### Probability that centre of the square lies inside the circle joining the two points inside the square

Two points are uniformly and independently distributed (located) inside a square. A circle is drawn such that the segment joining the two points is a diameter. Find the probability that the center of ...
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### Monte Carlo model of ultra loosely packed spheres

I have two questions. I am writing two monte carlo models that randomly propagate a square area and a cubic volume with mono sized hard disks and hard spheres. In the model the only criteria is that ...
A point with coordinates $x$,$y$,$z$, is chosen uniformly at random from a cube: $$\{(x,y,z)\in \mathbb{R^3}:0\le x,y,z \le 10\}.$$ Assume that the probability of an event is proportional to the ...