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A confusing probability question..

A magician holds one six-sided die in his left hand and two in his right. What is the probability the number on the dice in his left hand is greater than the sum of the dice in his right?
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Probability that an integer is divisible by $8$

If $n$ is an integer from $1$ to $96$ (inclusive), what is the probability that $n(n+1)(n+2)$ is divisible by 8?
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How do I determine the weight to assign to each bucket?

Someone will answer a series of questions and will mark each important (I), very important (V), or extremely important (E). I'll then match their answers with answers given by everyone else, compute ...
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Poisson Distribution practice problem

I have just started to learn Poisson Distribution and I have no idea how to deal with the following practice from my textbook: Suppose the average amount of cars passing on a street per minute is ...
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Proof the statements

Proof the statements below i)If $P(A)=0$ and $B$ is any event, then $A$ and $B$ are independents ii)If $P(A)=1$ and $B$ is any event, then $A$ and $B$ are independents iii)The events ...
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Probability of selecting a sequence in order

If "X" number of attempts are made by "Z" number of persons to select a random number from a range "r", where "X <= r". Then I am interested in finding the probability that a particular sequence in ...
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Does this game have infinite expected payout?

Consider the following game: Suppose the initial value of the pot is $ S $. Our player Josephine then rolls a fair $n$-sided die. If the roll is not $1$, then the pot is multiplied by that roll, and ...
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Dice probability

You roll a fair dice twice A. What is the probability that the first roll is odd and the second roll is even? B. What is the probability that one roll will be odd and the other roll will be even?
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Disjoint events

Let $A$ and $B$ two disjoint events such that $P(A)=0.3$ and $P(B)=0.5$. Find the probability that i)$A$ or $B$ ocurrs ii)$A$ occur but not $B$ iii)repeat $i)$ and $ii)$ with $A$ ...
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Understanding different definitions of bayes theorem

I am taking course on probability and reading about bayes theorem. In Sheldon Ross' book, it given as $$P(E) = P(E|F)P(F) + P(E|F^C)P(F^C)$$ with note: Equation above states that the probability of ...
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Inequality for the derivative of a density of a random variable convolved with a normal r.v.

I have a question about the following proof. The statement is: Let $X$ be a random variable and $Z_\tau \sim N(0,\tau)$ be an independent random variable. Then $Y_\tau := X + Z_\tau$ has a ...
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Random variable with all higher order moments zero?

Is there a random variable with finite first and second moment but all higher order (non-central) moments are zero?
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Why does this expectation integrate to 1

Let $p(y|\theta )$ be our likelihood, and $p_{N}(\hat{y}|\theta)$ be an unbiased estimator of our likelihood. Let $z=\ln p_{N}(\hat{y}|\theta) - \ln p(y|\theta )$, and $g_{N}(z|\theta)$ be the ...
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Distribution of the summation of k random variables and k is also variable

We have a set of positive random variables $\boldsymbol X=\{X_1,X_2,\ldots\}$, where $X_1,X_2,\ldots,$ are independent and identically distributed (i.i.d.). The CDF $F(x)$ and PDF $f(x)$ for Xi are ...
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expected number of steps for chossing randomly each number between 1 to $n$ at least $k$ times

Assume the following game: Every step choose a number between 1 to $n$ randomly i.e. every integer between 1 to $n$ is chosen with probability $\frac{1}{n}$. Success is when every number has been ...
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the probability density function (PDF) of concatenation of two Gaussian variables

Gaussian variable $x$ follows from $N(u_x,\sigma_x^2)$ and $y$ follows from $N(u_y,\sigma_y^2)$. Assume we have the vector $\bf{z}=[x,y]^T\in R^2$, then it seems that no matter whether $x$ and $y$ are ...
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Is this a binomial or multinomial question?

You can donate to a company: $10$ dollars , $20$ dollars or nothing. In a mall there are $70$% young people and $30$ % old people. $50$% from the old people aren't donating anything. ...
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Understanding Conditional Probability Basics

In many online sources I've read a statement similar to: Probability of B happening given A is equal to the probability of A and B both happening divided by B happening or $p(A | B) = p(A \cap ...
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Is this a misuse of the term “probability space”?

Let me first state the definitions as I am using them. Do correct me if I am wrong here! A "probability space" is a triple $(\Omega, F \subseteq 2^{\Omega}, \mu : F \rightarrow [0,1])$. The ...
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Probability of drawing >18 when drawing 3 cards

I am trying to calculate some probabilities for a card game. Players have to draw 3 cards each time and the cards must add up to a certain value for them to win - the value changes depending on the ...
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Erin rolls 4 four-sided dice all at once, then can roll a subset of her choosing a 2nd time. What is the probability of getting all the same number?

Here's what I have so far: All 4 same on first try = (1/4)^4 * 4 3 same, then get 4th on 2nd roll = 4 * (1/4)^3 * (3/4) * (4!/3!) Here's where I'm confused: 2 same = 4 * (1/4)^2 * (3/4)(2/4 :to ...
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Prove that $\tilde{X}_{\tilde{\theta}}(t)$ is a martingale

Let me introduce the objects: 0) $(\Omega, \mathcal{F},\Bbb{P})$ is a probability space 1)$S_N $ is the set of symmetric, non-negative definite $N\times N$ matrices 2)$a:[0, \infty) \times \Omega ...
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Probability of Probabilities :)

So here is a tough one (or so i think). i have 15 games (30 teams). and only 2 options i can chose from (even / odd number of goals). I want to bet a ticket with each possible combination. How many ...
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Conditional Probability for Exponential Random Variables

I'm working through a practice problem for an exam and I would like to verify that I've done it correctly. Additionally I'd like some insight on the intuition behind the numbers I'm getting. Problem ...
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Probability of picking all white marbles?

Consider that you have a drawer with n marbles of various colors. There are 5 white colored marbles. You grab k marbles from the drawer, where k <= n. What is the probability you find all 5 white ...
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Probability and Stats (loaded coin)

Smith is offered the following gamble: he is to choose a coin at random from a large collection of coins and toss it randomly.The proportion of the coins in the collection that are loaded towards a ...
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Distribution of Summation of two discrete random variables

Here, $\tilde{x}_1$ and $\tilde{x}_2$ are two non-negative independent discrete integer-valued random variable and the support set of $\tilde{x}_1$ and $\tilde{x}_2$ are below: $$ X_{1} = \{ ...
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Dice Roll Probabilities

I'm trying to figure out the probabilities for the following casino game: You and the dealer each roll a pair of dice and the person with the highest individual die roll wins. If its a tie, you win. ...
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Strategy for choosing lottery numbers when buying many tickets

In a given lottery a user must choose 5 out of 50 numbers, without replacement. Prizes are offered for matching at least 2 of the winning numbers. If a user can purchase multiple tickets (let's say ...
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Probability of Winning a Toss

I have an unfair coin with two sides 1 and 2. I have a problem and its constraints. The coin has to be tossed until I win; which happens when 1 shows up in a toss. Constraints: Since the coin in ...
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Confidence interval of a uniform distribution

I need some help with the following problem: I want to estimate $n$ of $X_i \sim U(1, n)$ with a $90\%$ confidence level. What is given is the sample size with $10$ and the maximum of the sample with ...
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Proving Properties of Discrete Time Markov Chain mathematically

I want to prove that the queue length at a store is not a Discrete Parameter Markov Chain (DPMC). Now I have the equation: $$Q_k = (Q_{k-1} - 1) + V_k$$ $Q_k$ is the queue length at time instant ...
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12 six-sided dice are thrown. What is the probability of getting each number twice?

I got this: $\frac{6!12!}{6^{12}2!^6}$ but the answer is this: $\frac{{12!}}{6^{12}2!^6}$ Im not sure I understand why you wouldn't write the $6!$ because if the first die's value is #3 then you have ...
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Asymptotic Behavior of Binomial Distribution

I am considering the following problem: Given the following equation: \begin{equation*} c = \sum_{k=n}^{2n-1} \binom{2n-1}{k} p(c)^k (1-p(c))^{2n-k-1} \end{equation*} Which is the probability that ...
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probability of a proportion point estimate

I've got a problem where I'm supposed to find the probability of a point estimate but cannot see how my answer is differing from the given one. The problem is: Unknown to an experimenter, the ...
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Illegal lottery problem (Merging dependent bernoulli trials)

Suppose I am in a town that playing lottery is illegal. If I buy a ticket for 1 dollar, I will win the lottery with probability $p$. Each time I buy a ticket, the police may catch me and confiscate ...
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One-One Correspondences

Adam the ant starts at $(0,0)$. Each minute, he flips a fair coin. If he flips heads, he moves $1$ unit up; if he flips tails, he moves $1$ unit right. Betty the beetle starts at $(2,4)$. Each ...
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On a 50 question multiple choice exam with 5 choices per questions, What are the odds that I get 100% if I were to Guess every answer? [on hold]

What would the odds be to get 100% on a multiple choice exam where I guessed the answer to all 50 of the multiple choice questions (5 choices per questions)? A 1 in how many chance?
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Density of a distribution function at upper bound [on hold]

Consider a strictly increasing continuously differentiable distribution F with support on $[a,b]$. Let $f$ be the pdf of $F$. What can we say about $f(b)$? Under what conditions is $f(b)>0$? ...
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Tail probability of a random variable

Here are two theorems about the "tail probability" of a random variable X Thm1: The expectation $E(|X|^\alpha) < \infty$ for some positive $\alpha$ if and only if $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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A detail on a proof of the strong Law of Large Numbers.

In the following blog post https://terrytao.wordpress.com/2008/06/18/the-strong-law-of-large-numbers/ one is presented with a nice account of the LLN. Suppose that I have shown that if $(n_j)$ is a ...
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Probability of an interval (A, B) being in (C, D) or vice versa [on hold]

$S$ is the domain. $A, B, C, D \in S$. $A, B, C, D$ satisfy the condition $A \le B$ and $C \le D$ and hence $(A, B)$ and $(C, D)$ are intervals. All four are values picked from respectively $4$ ...
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Expected number of drawings to find collision

Consider a group $G$ consisting of $n$ distinct elements. Suppose we draw random elements of $G$ (one by one, replacing each element every time) until we draw an element that was drawn before (we say ...
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A Question about the Kurtosis

Problem: Show that if a binomial distribution with $n = 100$ is symmetric, its coefficient of kurtosis is 2.9. Answer: First, I am interpreting the term symmetric to mean that $p = q = \frac{1}{2}$. ...
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An asymptotic ratio of samples

Let $S_n = \left\{X_1, \dots, X_n \right\}$ be a sample of idd random variables for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$. Consider two sequences of measurable sets $\left( A_n \right)$ and $\left(B_n \right)$ such ...
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The distribution of the product of Gaussian variable and Rademacher variable.

I have two independent variables: $X$ follows from standard Gaussian distribution $N(0,\sigma^2)$; $Y$ follows from Rademacher distribution, i.e., $Y$ can be either $-1$ or $1$ with the same ...
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(Elementary) Markov property of the Brownian motion

Let $B=(B_t)_{t\ge 0}$ be a Brownian motion on a probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal A,\operatorname{P})$, i.e. $B$ is a real-valued stochastic process with $B_0=0$ almost surely $B$ has independent ...
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Bins and Balls problem several balls at once

I'm trying to calculate the expected value of the number of balls that i need to choose for fill all bins with at least one ball. There are $N$ empty bins labeled from 1 to $N$, and infinitely many ...
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Definition of expected value of a continuous random variable [duplicate]

Let $X$ be a random variable with the probability desntiy function $f$. Then, according to the book "Intro to probability and statistics" by Rohatgi, the expected value of $X$ is defined as: $$E(X) ...
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Absolute value of a sum of non-identically distributed RVs [on hold]

Let $X=\left|\sum _{i=1}^n Z_{i} \right|$ where random variables $(\textit{Z${}_{i}$})$ are independent but $not$ identically distributed, and, $Z_{i} =0$,$+1$ or$-1$, with probability $1-a_i$, ...