Questions on the Gaussian, or normal probability distribution, which may include multi-dimensional normal distribution.

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How was the normal distribution derived?

Abraham de Moivre, when he came up with this formula, had to assure that the points of inflection were exactly one standard deviation away from the center, and so that it was bell-shaped, as well as ...
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Why don't we allow the canonical Gaussian distribution in infinite dimensional Hilbert space?

I'm looking at Gaussian distributions in infinite-dimensional Hilbert space, and the sources I've seen so far say that the covariance matrix has to be of trace class (i.e. the trace must be finite). ...
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Product of Two Multivariate Gaussians Distributions

Given two multi-variate gaussians distrubtions, given by mean & covariance, G1(m1,sigma1) & G2(m2,sigma2), what are the formulae to find the product i.e G1 * G2 ? And if one was looking to ...
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How to generate points uniformly distributed on the surface of an ellipsoid?

I am trying to find a way to generate random points uniformly distributed on the surface of an ellipsoid. If it was a sphere there is a neat way of doing it: Generate three $N(0,1)$ variables ...
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$\int_0^tB_s^2\ dB_s$ - Gaussian Process and independent increments?

For $(B_t)_{t\ge0}$ a standard Brownian motion (Wiener process) define the stochastic process $X_t:=\int_0^tB_s^2\ dB_s$. I am currently trying to assess if $(X_t)_{t\ge0}$ is a Gaussian process and ...
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Multivariate Normal Difference Distribution

Since the distribution of a difference of two normally distributed variates X and Y with means and variances $(\mu_x,\sigma_x^2)$ and $(\mu_y,\sigma_y^2)$ respectively is given by another normal ...
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Tricky probability problem

I am having trouble with proving the following assertion: $X,Y$ are i.i.d. with mean $0$ and variance $1$. If $X+Y$ and $X-Y$ are independent then $X,Y$ are normally distributed. Should I be ...
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Expectations containing normal CDF

Suppose that $X\sim\mathcal{N}\left(0,1\right)$ (i.e., $X$ is a standard normal random variable) and $a,b,$ and $c$ are some real constant. Does any of the following expectations have a closed-form? ...
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What is the expectation of $ X^2$ where $ X$ is distributed normally?

I know that if $X$ were distributed as a standard normal, then $X^2$ would be distributed as chi-squared, and hence have expectation $1$, but I'm not sure about for a general normal. Thanks
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Convolute exponential with a gaussian

I have data measuring an exponential decay that is convoluted by a gaussian response function. I have the measured shape of the gaussian, and want an analytical expression for the exponential ...
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Distribution of largest sample from normal distribution.

Given $n$ independent random variables $X_i$ with normal distribution, mean $\mu$, variance $\sigma^2$, what is the distribution of $\max\limits_{i=1}^n(X_i)$ ? In particular I am interested in ...
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Determining distribution of maximum of dependent normal variables

I have a stochastic variable x with this property: if it's measured at t1 and again at t2, then x(t2)-x(t1) has a normal distribution with mean 0 and standard deviation Sqrt[t2-t1]. I want to find ...
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Distribution of the sum of squared independent normal random variables.

The sum of $k$ independent standard normal random variables $\sim\chi^2_k$ I read here that if I have $k$ i.i.d normal random variables where $X_i\sim\mathcal{N}(0,\sigma^2)$ then ...
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Joint distribution of the signs of the partial sums of independent standard normal random variables

Consider some i.i.d. standard normal random variables. What is the joint distribution of the signs of their partial sums? More formally, define a sequence of random variables ...
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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) - ...
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Convergence of a sequence involving the maximum of i.i.d. Gaussian random variables

It's well known that, for a sequence of $n$ i.i.d. standard Gaussian random variables $X_1,\ldots,X_n$, where $X_\max=\max(X_1,\ldots,X_n)$, the following convergence result holds: ...
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X,Y are independent standard normal distributed then what is the distribution of $\frac{X}{X+Y}$

X, Y are independent standard normal random variables, what is the distribution of $$ \frac{X}{X+Y} $$ Could anyone help me with this? Thanks. I have worked the problem by multivariable ...
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Uniform distribution on the surface of unit sphere

It is known that given $X=(X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_n)$ iid $\sim N(0,1)$, then $X/\sqrt{X_1^2+\cdots+X_n^2}$ is uniformly distributed on the surface of unit sphere. Intuitively, I know that that's ...
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Does the integral of PDF of multi-normal distribution over quarter planes have a closed form?

I am interested in finding a closed form solution (wich I suspect does not exist) to the following integral $$\displaystyle \int _a^{\infty }\int _b^{\infty } \frac{\exp \left(-\frac{x^2+y^2-2 c x ...
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Expected value of normal distribution given that distribution is positive

Given $X \sim N(0, \sigma^2)$ (that is, $X:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is a normal random variable with mean $0$ and variance $\sigma^2$), I'm trying to calculate the expected value of $X$ given that ...
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Combining two probability distributions

I have a variable $X$. In a measurement $A$, $X$ follows the normal distribution $N_1$ with mean $m_1$ and standard deviation $\sigma_1$. In a similar measurement $B$, $X$ follows another normal ...
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Nested normal-distribution integral

Is there an analytical or approximate solution of the following integral? $$ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\int_{y-d}^{y+d}\exp\big(-{(x-\mu_1)^2}/{2\sigma^2}\big) \exp\big(-{(y-\mu_2)^2}/{2\sigma^2}\big) ...
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Bound on the $Q$ function related to Chernoff bound

For the function $Q(x) := \mathbb{P}(Z>x)$ where $Z \sim \mathcal{N}(0,1)$ \begin{align} Q(x) = \int_{x}^\infty \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \exp \left(-\frac{u^2}{2} \right) \text{d}u, \end{align} for ...
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Truncated Mean Squared

Suppose that $X_{\sigma} \sim \mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^{2})$. I am interested in whether $f(\sigma)=\mathbb{E} (X_{\sigma}^2 1_{\{X_{\sigma}>0\}})$ is monotonic in $\sigma$ for all $\mu$. I ...
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Normal Distribution, The “Y” Value

Guys I am having trouble with the standard normal distribution. http://www.regentsprep.org/Regents/math/algtrig/ATS2/NormalLesson.htm We know the X values run from approx $-\infty$ to $+\infty$ but ...
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$X$ standard normal distribution, $E[X^k]=?$

I'm stuck with a homework problem where we are supposed to prove that the expected value $E[X^k]$, if $X$ has standard normal distribution, is equal to: $$E[X^{2k}]=\frac{(2k)!}{k!\cdot2^k}.$$ But I ...
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Help Integrating $I=\int\Phi\left(\frac{p}{\sqrt{q+rx}}\right)dx$

I am trying to integrate the following function involving the Normal CDF ($\Phi$). I actually need the definite integral $$\int^b_a\Phi\left(\frac{p}{\sqrt{q+rx}}\right)dx$$ for $q+ra,q+rb >0$ but ...
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If the sum of two i.i.d. random variables is normal, must the variables themselves be normal?

It is well known that if two i.i.d. random variables are normally distributed, their sum is also normally distributed. Is the converse also true? That is, suppose $X$ and $Y$ are two i.i.d. random ...
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Characteristic function of a product of random variables

I am facing the following problem. Let $X,Y$ be independent random variables with standard normal distribution. Find the characteristic function of a variable $ XY $. I have found some information, ...
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How to test a hypothesis which compares set of pairs of statements?

I've conducted an experiment but I'm not sure how to proceed with statistical analysis of it. I have pairs of sentences created by two groups of people A and B, semantically the sentences in each ...
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mean and variance of reciprocal normal distribution

If $X$ is a normal distributed with mean $\mu$ and variance $\sigma^2$. What would be the mean and variance of $Y = \dfrac{1}{X}$
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Conditional distributions of the multivariate normal

Wikipedia gives details on the conditional distribution of the multivariate normal: If $\mu$ and $\Sigma$ are partitioned as follows $\boldsymbol\mu = \begin{bmatrix} \boldsymbol\mu_1 \\ ...
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Iteratively Updating a Normal Distribution

Is there a way to update a normal distribution when given new data points without knowing the original data points? What is the minimum information that would need to be known? For example, if I know ...
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Multivariate Normal Distribution

Is is true to say that k-dimensional Normal distribution is equivalent to the multiplication of k 1-dimensional Normal distributions if variance is equal in all dimensions?
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Conditional density, bivariate normal

Let $Z=X+Y$ where $X \sim N(\mu,\sigma^2)$ and $Y \sim N(0,1)$ are independent. What is the conditional density of X given Z, $f_{X|Z}(x|z)$? I already found that ...
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Normally distributed variable with normally distributed mean.

What the idea behind the prove of following statement? I am pretty sure the statement it is correct. If $X \sim N(\text{mean}_x, \text{var}_x)$ and $Y \sim N(\text{mean}_y+X, \text{var}_y)$, then $Y ...
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Computing the characteristic function of a normal random vector

The characteristic function of a random vector $\boldsymbol{X}$ is $\varphi_{\boldsymbol{X}}(\boldsymbol{t}) =E[e^{i\boldsymbol{t}'\boldsymbol{X}}] $ Now suppose that $\boldsymbol{X} \in ...
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Calculation of the $n$-th moment of the normal distribution

I need some advice on a question, maybe someone can give me a hint. Let $X \in N(0,\sigma^2)$, show that $E[X^{2n+1}] = 0$ for $n = 0,1,2,\ldots$, and that $E[X^{2n}]= [(2n)!/2^nn!]\cdot ...
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Probability density function of $X^2$ when $X$ has $N(0,1)$ distribution

I am trying to derive Chi-square distribution. The random variale is $$ U^2=\sum_{i=1}^k X_i^2 $$ where $X$ is a random variable with normal standard distribution. What is the distribution of ...
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Why is this multivariate $3\sigma$ ellipse rotated?

While reading this answer, I clicked on the provided link to this Wikipedia page. The main article image shows the PDF of a 2D multivariate normally distributed system: In the image, the $3\sigma$ ...
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Normal random Vector

Question: Prove that linear functions of the form $\bar{y}=\bar{b}+\mathrm{B}\bar{x}$ are normal random vectors provided that $\bar{x}$ is a normal random vector. Find $E(\bar{y})$ and $V(\bar{y})$. ...
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Concentration of measure bounds for multivariate Gaussian distributions (fixed)

Let $\gamma_n$ denote the standard Gaussian measure on $\mathbb{R}^n$. It is known (see for example Cor 2.3 here: http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~barvinok/total710.pdf) that ...
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An interesting inequality about the cdf of the normal distribution

When approaching this other question I came out with the inequality: $$\frac{1}{4+x^2}e^{-x^2/2} \leq\Phi(x)\Phi(-x)\leq \frac{1}{4}e^{-x^2/2},\tag{1}$$ where $\Phi(x)$ is the cdf of the standard ...
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The limit in law of a sequence of normal distributions is normal [duplicate]

Let $ \{ \xi_n \}_{n=1}^{\infty}$ be a sequence of normal random variables, where $ \xi_n\sim\mathcal{N}(\alpha_n, \sigma_n^2)$ and $\xi_n \overset{d}{\rightarrow} \xi$. I need to prove, that $\xi$ is ...
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Probability distribution function

I am trying to develop a function that will allow me to input a random number between 0 and 1 and receive a value. The idea is that the function has a range (for example, 0-100) with a median value of ...
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Convolution of two Gaussians is a Gaussian

I know that the product of two Gaussians is a Gaussian, and I know that the convolution of two Gaussians is also a Gaussian. I guess I was just wondering if there's a proof out there to show that the ...
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Integral of exponential using error function

I'm trying to solve some integrals below $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} {x^n e^\frac{-(x - \mu)^2}{\sigma^2}}dx$$ I am interested in the solutions where n = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4. I have learned that ...
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Simplifying covariance matrices in distributions

In the multivariate Gaussian distribution, it is required that the covariance matrix be positive semidefinite. I have read that a positive semidefinite matrix $\Sigma$ can be written as $LL^{T}$. I ...
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P.D.F. of independent/dependent Uniform R.V.'s

I am trying to solve this: Consider a stick of length 1. You break the stick in two random places, X and Y. a. Define the individual probability distribution functions of the breaking ...
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If X is log-normal, is: $\frac{a}{\sqrt{b+cX}}$?

I am working for the first time with log-normal distributions and I want to verify whether the following statement is true. I am not sure whether all the properties of the log-normal distribution hold ...