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Prove that if $E(X\log X)<\infty$ then $E(\sup_n |S_n|/n)<\infty$.

This is part 2 of a two part question. In the first part, we were asked to show that if you had a non-negative sub martingale $M_n$ then $$\sup_n E(\sup_{k\leq n} M_k)\leq \sup_n 2E(M_n \log M_n)+2$$ ...
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Find $E(|X-Y|^a)$ where $X$ and $Y$ are independent uniform on $(0,1)$

Let $X,Y$ be independent $Uniform(0,1)$ random variables. Find $E(|X-Y|^a)$ where $a>0$. My working: Define $W=1$ if $X>Y$ and $W=0$ if $X<Y$. We seek ...
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Conditional density of $Y_1$ given that $\sup Y_i=z$, for $(Y_i)$ i.i.d. uniform on $[0,\theta]$

Suppose that $Y_1,\ldots,Y_n$ are random variables independently and identically distributed as uniform on $[0,\theta]$ for some $\theta>0$. How do I find the conditional density of $Y_1$ given ...
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What is the logic behind the probability of getting 'four of a kind' in poker?

This hand ($5$ cards of $52$) has the pattern $AAAAB$ where $A$ and $B$ are from distinct kinds. The number of such hands is $\binom{13}{1} \binom{4}{4} \binom{12}{1} \binom{4}{1}$. The probability ...
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How can I reword this problem illustrating a scenario that needs Bayes Theorem to solve?

Taken from Stat Trek, an example explaining Bayes Theorm http://stattrek.com/probability/bayes-theorem.aspx Marie is getting married tomorrow, at an outdoor ceremony in the desert. In recent ...
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Help finding a probability density function

I am having a bit of trouble with this: Let $U=Z^2$ where Z is the probability density function of the standard normal distribution. So, $f_z(z) = \frac{1}{2\pi} e^{\frac{-z^2}{2}}$ I want to use ...
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Estimating probablity with using Chernoff inquality

I would like to estimate that probablity that $X_k>1250$. So, $X_k=Y_1 +...Y_{10^6}$ $Y_i = 1 $ with prob = $\frac{1}{10^3}$ $EX_k = 1000 $ Chernoff that I will use: $$P(X_k \ge (1+\epsilon)EX_k) ...
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Is this an easy conditional probability question?

Fifty-two percent of the students at a certain college are females. Five percent of the students are majoring in computer science. Two percent of the students are females majoring in computer science. ...
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Expected Value Coins Question

If I were to flip n coins and compute the product of the number of heads versus the number of tails what would be the expected value of this product? My logic: In n coin flips n/2 coins will be ...
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Chances of random number belong to a given set

I have 23 elements and 7 of them belong to a given set. 5 of these 23 elements will be picked randomly, I want to know the chances of at least one of those selected 5 elements belong to the ...
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Flipping an unfair coin n times

I’m flipping an unfair coin $n$ times. $\mathbb{P}[X=head]=p$ where $p \neq \frac{1}{2}$. What is the probability “head” appears an even number of times? Thank you in advance for your time an ...
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Repeated coin flips probability [on hold]

Assume in an experiment, one flips a coin $L$ times. This experiment is repeated T times. Assume the $k$'th flip for all possible $k$ values ($1 \le k \le L$) among all experiements. If the head ...
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Probability of drawing n distinct values out of {1,…,n^3}

I draw uniformly at random $n$ values out of $\{1,...,n^3\}$. I want to lowerbound the probability of getting $n$ distinct values.
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Can anything be learned about a probability distribution *directly* from its characteristic function?

Some preliminaries: I know that one can take the inverse Fourier transform to get back the pdf...that is not what I am after. My question is whether the characteristic function, qua function, tells us ...
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Computing Average Number of Successes When Randomness is Involved

I am attempting to write a program that will compute the average amount of a particular product produced when randomness is involved. Let's say that I am trying to produce some widget. Whenever the ...
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Calculating Power of a Paired T Test

$ 239$ subjects had their cholesterol measured, and then were put on high-fiber diets. After a month on the high-fiber diet, the cholesterol was measured again. The mean LDL cholesterol level before ...
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How can I scale the covariance matrix which represent a gaussian distribution ? [on hold]

I have a model genrated by using GMM the output is the mean and covariance matrix .I need to scale the cov matrix .for example I want to double the elipse that represent this gaussian .
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Probability related question, Permutations, combinations [on hold]

Im doing a practice problem for an upcoming test, I had a hard time figuring out this question, could anyone walk me through it?
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Is there a real problem to which $1$ radian is the answer?

I can't recall if I've ever seen any problem related to angles, in math or engineering books, that would result in an answer like $$\alpha=1 \ \ \text{radian}.$$ The answers to such questions, I ...
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What does it mean that an expected value does not exist?

$X$ is a random variable with pdf $f$ and $g: \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ is a measurable function. Before I start operating with $E[g(X)]$ I need to show that it exists. What does it take to show it? ...
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Deducing results about continuous time random walks from the corresponding discrete time result

Is there any standard way to prove results about continuous time random walks from the corresponding results for discrete time random walks? Specifically, my problem is that I was reading Lawler and ...
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What is the probability that $x$ will not work due to failure rate $0.0111$

I've tried using the probability mass function for binomial distribution in this case but it seems to not be the appropriate approach unless I calculated wrong. How am I supposed to approach this ...
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Expected number of red balls removed from an urn before the first black ball

Question: An urn contains n+m balls of which n are red and m are black. They are withdrawn from the urn one at a time and without replacement. Let $X$ be the number of red balls removed before the ...
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Cube of Brownian motion [on hold]

Find all $H_t$ so that: $B^3_T = \int_0 ^T H_t dB_t$ $\int_0^T B^3_tdB_t = \int_0^T H_t dB_t$ where $B_t$ is a Brownian motion.
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Is my method of working fine?

Suppose a point $X$ is selected at random from a line segment $AB$ of length $l$ and midpoint $O$. Find the probability that $AX,BX$ and $AO$ form a triangle. My method and working is: Case ...
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Using Conditional Jensen inequality proof the following

$X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ are i.i.d. random variables, $X_1>0$, $E[X_1]=\mu$, $E[X_1^k]<\infty$ for $1<k \leq2$. Proof: $$ E\left[\left(\frac{1}{n}\sum_{i=1}^nX_i\right)^k\right]\leq ...
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conditional probability proof 3 varables [on hold]

Suppose that $\mathcal a$ ,$\mathcal b$ and $\mathcal c$ are dependent variables. $$\mathbb P(a \mid b) = \sum \mathbb P(a \mid b,c) \ \mathbb P(c \mid b)$$ can anyone explain it how we get it?
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Rolling dice probability by solving inequlity

I was trying to solve a problem where I have to find the probability of the sum of $\mathcal 3$ rolls of a die being less than or equal to $\mathcal 9$. In order to solve the problem I try first to ...
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Probability of a sequence of urn draws having some pair of draws with a minium number of “matches”?

I have $U$ urns. Each urn contains some sequentially numbered balls (not necessarily the same count between urns) $1, 2, 3,... N_u$. I draw one ball from each urn $1, 2, 3,...U$ in turn, and note ...
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How to use joint probability density to check for independent events?

Suppose that the joint PDF of $X$ and $Y$ is as follows: $$ f(x) = \begin{cases} 24xy & \text {$x \geq 0, y \geq 0, x+y \leq 1$}\\ 0 & \text {otherwise ...
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Covariance of $2$ variables

I am given two random variables $X$ and $Y$. I am also given that $\mathbb{E}(Y|X)=\mathbb{E}(Y)=\mu_y$ and $\mathbb{E}(X)=\mu_x$. So if I need to calculate the covariance of $X$ and $Y$, ...
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Not getting the answer as given in Feller

Find the probability that the equation $x^2-2ax+b=0$ has complex roots, if $a,b$ are random variables following the Uniform $(0,h)$ distribution individually and independently. So we effectively ...
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Question about asymmetry of chi-square distribution

Let $X_1,\dots,X_n$ be a set of i.i.d. chi-square random variables with $k$ degrees of freedom. Consider the statistic $\arg\max_i\{|X_i/k - 1|\}=X_{\alpha}$. I wonder about the probability that ...
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Multinomial Coefficients Dice Problem

If 7 balanced dice, are rolled, what is the probability that each of the 6 different numbers will appear at least once? My attempt: $p=\frac{7!}{2!6^6}$ So if 6 different numbers need to appear, ...
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Probability of balls in boxes

If $12$ balls are thrown at random into $20$ boxes, what is the probability that no box will receive more than $1$ ball? So my book says the answer is: $\displaystyle \frac{20!}{8!20^{12}}$ However ...
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Calculate the mean, the median and the quartiles.

Let $D=\{(x,y):x>0,x^2+y^2<1\}$ and let $(X,Y)$ be the random variable with the density: $$f(x,y)=\frac{2}{\pi}1_{D}(x,y).$$ Let $Z=\frac{Y}{X}$. Calculate the mean, the median and the first and ...
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Probability and Statistics (Normal Distribution)

Having trouble with the last part of this question. Not sure how the man would divide his pile of vouchers? It seems that you could interpret this question in a lot of ways. Any tips would be ...
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Obtaining the Log-logistic distribution from a truncated logistic distribution

Let $$f(x) = \frac{e^x}{(1+e^x)^2}~,~ -\infty \lt x \lt \infty~~~~~(1)$$ be the standard logistic pdf of a random variable $X$. Then one can obtain the pdf of the log-logistic distribution via the ...
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Martingale Ideas in Elementary Probability [on hold]

There is a non-symmetric version of the probability model in which the probability of success on each trial is "$p$" and the probability of failure on each trial is "$q$" and $p+q=1$. The probability ...
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Calculate the probability given by three random variables

Let $X_1,X_2,X_3$ be IID random variables, each with the density $$f(x)=x e^{-x}\cdot 1_{(0,\infty)}(x).$$ Calculate $P(X_1+X_2+X_3>4,X_1+X_2<4)$.
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Question on Standard Brownian Motion [on hold]

What is the following probability $P [ W(2) >0 \ \text{and}\ \ W(1) <0]$?
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Convergence in law of sample means of random variable

Let $\{X_n | n \in \mathbb{N} \}$ be a sequence of independent identically distributed random variables with density function: $$f_X(x) = e^{\theta - x}I_{(\theta, \infty)}(x)$$ with $\theta > ...
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Show that for any geometric random variable $X$ and parameter $p, \mathrm{Pr}(X < t) = 1 − p^t$. [on hold]

How to prove the above stated equation? I tried the following : Pr⁡(X(i=1)^(t-1)▒〖Pr⁡(X=i)〗 =∑(i=1)^(t-1)▒〖p(1-p)i-1〗 =1-(1-p)t-1
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Conditional Probability Proof for three events

For any 3 events $X, Y$ and $Z$ where $\Pr Z) > 0$, it is required to prove that $$\Pr ((X \cup Y) \mid Z ) = \Pr(X\mid Z) +\Pr(Y\mid Z) - \Pr ((X \cap Y) \mid Z)$$ I am not able to prove ...
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How to prove the folowing theorem in probablity? [duplicate]

Show that for any continuous random variable $X$ that takes only positive real values $\int_{0}^{\infty}\text{Pr}(X\geq x)dx=\mu$ where $\mu$ is the mean.
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Can two nodes in a Markov chain have transitions that don't total 1?

In all the Markov diagrams I see, the transitions from state A to B always total to one. Just one of many examples, this image ...
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Estimator for second moment for Poisson random variable

Let $X \sim Poiss(\lambda)$. As, $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^{N} X_i $ is sufficient statistic for both mean (and variance) of $Y$, so we can define the unbiased estimate for mean as , $ s=\frac{1}{N} ...
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Obtain the MGF of $Y$.

Let $X$ be a random variable whose probability density function is: $f_{X}(x)=e^{-x}$ Then, obtain the Moment Generating of function of $Y=1-e^{-X}$ What I did: We can find a bound for $y$ using ...
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Sigma-fields and probability

I'm unsure what this question asks of me. For (i) I have given a power set with 16 elements in terms of a,b,c and d. I don't understand what I need to do for (ii). I believe (iii) is fairly ...
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Probability of winning a tie-break in tennis?

The winner of a tennis tie break is the first to get to 7 points and lead by 2. Let $p$ be the probability of player 1 winning when serving, and let $m$ be the probabiliity of player 1 winning when ...