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% of % - Please Help Me Prove My Friend Wrong

Here is the situation: My friend and I are at an impasse. I believe I'm correct, but he's so damn stubborn he won't believe me. Also, I'm not the most articulate at explaining things. Hopefully ...
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Conditional expectation of second moment given sum of iid variables.

We have $\xi_i \geq 0$, $\forall i = \overline{1,n}$ (i.i.d. variables). Assume that $S_n = \xi_1 +...+ \xi_n$. It is easy to show that $\mathrm{E} (\xi_1\vert S_n = 1) = \frac{1}{n}$. Now we want ...
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CDF of maximum of iid rvs

I am having a small doubt regarding maximum of random variables. I have $$Z= \max\{ X_1, X_2,\dots X_p, \dots X_N\}$$ where all $X_i$ are independent, identically distributed. Now, If for sure, I know ...
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A fair dice is thrown six times and the list of numbers showing up is noted. The probability that among the numbers 1 to 6 only 4 nu…

Question : A fair dice is thrown six times and the list of numbers showing up is noted. Now how to find the probability that among the numbers 1 to 6 only 4 numbers appear in the list Please ...
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There are eight males and 12 females in a certain club. In how many ways can a committee of five be chosen if it is to consist-

There are eight males and 12 females in a certain club. In how many ways can a committee of five be chosen if it is to consist Entirely of Males? Entirely of Females? 2 males and 3 females?
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Probability of an integer being a prime

$\Omega=\mathbb{N}^*,P(\omega=n)=\dfrac{1}{2^n}$, let $A_k$ be the event $k\mid\omega$. 1) Find $P(A_k)$ 2) Let B be the event "$\omega$ is prime", show that ...
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Given a probability distribution, how many times do I have to repeat an experiment so see a certain outcome

My question concerns random number generation under certain constraints. I assume that the random number generator is good enough to generate uniformly distributed numbers. This means that each number ...
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A generalization of the Glivenko-Cantelli theorem

Let $P$ and $P_n$ be probability measures on $\mathcal{B}(\mathbb{R})$ with distribution functions $F$ and $F_n$. Moreover, let $F$ be continuous and $(P_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ weakly converge to $P$. ...
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In how many distinct ways can a group of letters be ordered? [on hold]

In how many distinct ways can the letters aaabbbbb and aaabbbbbcccc be ordered?
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How to analyse a random walk with random transition probabilities

Consider a $1$-dimensional random walk with discrete time steps. We start at the origin and at each integer position there is possibly different probability of moving right one step, or left one step. ...
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Convex decomposition of a vector

Let $(a_i)_{i=1}^n$ be a probability vector, that is, $a_i\geq 0$ and $\sum_i a_i=1$ and let $(U_{ij})_{i,j=1}^n$ be a unistochastic matrix, that is, the pointwise square of a unitary matrix. Now ...
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Probability - Runners in a race [on hold]

Consider a race with N runners, where N is unknown. Each runner is assigned at random a unique number between 1 and N. Suppose a group of n runners is observed crossing the finish line. Let z denote ...
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Exercise from Norris' book on Markov chains

Let $(X_n)$ be a Markov chain on $\mathbb{N}$ with transition probabilities satisfying: $$p_{0,1}=1,\quad p_{i,i-1}+p_{i,i+1}=1,\quad p_{i,i+1}=\left(\frac{i+1}{i}\right)^{\alpha}p_{i,i-1}$$ The ...
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Expected value of probability distribution [on hold]

A plumber loads his truck each morning with faucets that will be needed for the service calls and other emergency calls that come in that day. Based on past experience, the number of faucets required ...
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Sum of Two Poisson distributions

The probability distribution for the number of goals scored per match by Team A is believed to follow $X \sim Poi(0.8)$. Independently, the number of goals scored by Team B is believed to ...
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Markov inequality help?

I'm trying to work through some problems and I've arrived at the following: For some random variable $T_{i}$: $E{T_{i}} \leq Cn^{2}$ with C some constant I want to show: $P(T_{i} \geq ...
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About the definition of mean square convergence.

A sequence of random variables $X_n$ is said to converge to $X$ in mean square if $$\mathbb{E}\left((X_n-X)^2\right) \rightarrow 0 \ \ \mathrm{as\ } n\rightarrow \infty$$. I understand what expected ...
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Simple Markov Chain: Random Walk on $\mathbb{Z}$

We are given a random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$, where $p_{i, i+1}= p < \frac{1}{2}$ and $p_{i,i-1}=1-p > \frac{1}{2}$, starting at $0$. Now we have to compute the probability that we eventually ...
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Suppose that X1 and X2 denote a random sample of size 2 from a gamma distribution, Xi~GAM(2,1/2). Find the pdf of Y=sqrt(X1+X2) [on hold]

Suppose that X1 and X2 denote a random sample of size 2 from a gamma distribution, Xi~GAM(2,1/2). I must find the pdf of Y=sqrt(X1+X2. I substituted in the for theda and k into the distribution and I ...
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What is the Gini impurity index of an empty set?

Now, this may be a silly question because in practice you would never calculate the gini impurity on an empty set of observations. However, I did notice that while the shannon entropy is 1.0 for an ...
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A random sample of size 5 is drawn from the pdf $f_{Y}(y) = 2y, 0\leq y \leq 1$. Calculate $P(Y_{(1)} < 0.6 < Y_{(5)})$. [on hold]

A random sample of size 5 is drawn from the pdf $f_{Y}(y) = 2y, 0\leq y \leq 1$. Calculate $P(Y_{(1)} < 0.6 < Y_{(5)})$. (Hint: Consider the complement.) Attempt: The pdf of the largest order ...
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Which model to be used for predictive analysis

I have a problem where i have been given set of data against month example Month | Data1 | Data2 1---------5--------5 2---------6--------7 Consider the data 1 be the temperature and data 2 be the ...
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Expectation of a random variable that is similar to standard deviation distribution

Let's assume $\xi_i \sim N(0,\epsilon), i = 1,\dots, 9$ and $\xi_i$ are independent. How to compute next expectation? $$ E\sqrt{\frac{(\xi_1 - \frac{\xi_1 + \xi_2 + \xi_3}{3})^2 + (\xi_4 - \frac{\xi_4 ...
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Conditional expectation for random walks

The questions asks to $ E[X_1|S_n]$ where $ S_n = \sum_{[n]} X_i $ with $X_i$ i.i.d. of finite expectation. My attempt was to consider an arbitrary Borel set, pull it back under $ S_n $ to get a set ...
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Let $X$ and $Y$ have joint pdf $f(x,y)= 4e^{-2(x+y)}$; $0<x<\infty$, $0<y<\infty$. Find the CDF of $W=X+Y$

First I have to find the CDF of $W=X+Y$ which I tried to do this by substituting in the $w$ but it isn't working. Maybe I have the wrong bounds. Lastly I have to find the marginal pdf of $U$ which I ...
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Let $X_n>0$ be iid and $P(X_n>t)\sim t^{-\alpha}$, show that $Y_n=n^{-1/\alpha}S_n$ and $1/Y_n$ are tight.

We are given that $X_n>0$ be iid with common distribtuon $X$, and $P(X>t)\sim t^{-\alpha}$, I need to show that the scale of $Y_n$ is $n^{1/\alpha}$. Or in other words show that ...
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Probability of scratch and win card

A game of “scratch-and-win” is played as follows. You scratch 2 out of 3 covered circular tabs on a game coupon • • • to reveal 2 images. The coupons are of types (A), (B), (C) with images ♥ (heart), ...
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Probability of an event happening while another doesn't

Say you have a bag with $5$ numbers $(1,2,3,4,5)$. What is the probability that I will draw a $1$ if I draw $3$ times (no replacement)? What is the probability that I will draw a $1$ if I draw 3 ...
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to find face values of a biased die rolled n times assuming the probabilities [on hold]

Write a MATLAB function that would simulate rolling a biased (“lucky”) die N times; i.e., the function must return face values of N rolls of a biased die (N is a function input). Assume that the ...
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Given a pdf $f_{Y}(y)$ and $n$ random observations. Find probability that last observation will be the smallest number in all the sample?

Suppose that n observations are chosen at random from a continuous pdf fY(y). What is the probability that the last observation recorded will be the smallest number in the entire sample? attempt: ...
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Determining a conditional probability with a random variable.

Assume $X$ is a normal distributed random variable with mean $2$ and variance $4$. Determine the conditional probability $P(1 \le X \le 3|0 \le X \le 4)$ What I did: $$Z_0 = \frac{0-2}{2}=-1$$ $$Z_1 ...
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Convergence in distribution - Proof

I was given a problem: For each $n\in\mathbb N$, let $X_n$ be a random variable with uniform distribution over the set $\{0,\frac{1}{n},\frac{2}{n},\dotsc,\frac{n-1}{n},1\}$. Let ...
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Support of the conditional distribution of a poisson process

I am working on Problem 5.1.8 of this book. It states: Let $\left\{X(t),t \geq 0 \right\}$ be a Poisson process of rate $\lambda$. For $s,t >0$, determine the conditional distribution of ...
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Let X be the amount won or lost in betting $5 on red in roulette.

HW Problem here, not sure where I'm messing up. Let $X$ be the amount won or lost in betting \$5 on red in roulette. Then $P(5) = \frac{18}{38}$ and $P(-5) = \frac{20}{38}$. If a gambler bets on red ...
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$\mathsf kth$ moment of the standard deviation about the origin from a $\mathsf N(\mu,\sigma^2)$ population

Let T be the standard deviation of a random sample of size n from a $\mathsf N(\mu,\sigma^2)$ normal population. Find the $\mathsf kth$ moment of T about the origin, and state the condition for the ...
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Probability of the highest order statistic below the population median.

What is the probability that the highest order statistic of a random sample of size n from any continuous distribution is below the median ( population median ) of that distribution.
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Presentation of 2 images in a random but counterbalanced way

Problem: For 18 trials randomly a ‘left’ labeled image or ‘right’ labeled image is shown. The first 9 trials should contain the opposite number of left images as the last 9 (a.k.a. counterbalance). ...
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Probability: How much days we need to play a game win

Suppose the probability of win a lotery game is : $1/1000$ If a person play the lotery every day with the same combination, how much time he need to wait to win the lotery? Im thinking to use a ...
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How is Riemann–Stieltjes Integration insufficient for developing modern probability theory?

If we consider Riemann–Stieltjes integration then it can perfectly account for mixed probability distribution (a continuous R.V with some point mass). So why would we still need Lebesgue Integration ...
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local time process and markov process [on hold]

Is the local time process of an semimartingale a Markov process? If not, under what conditions, the local time process of an semimartingale becomes a Markov process?
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Does this strategy look correct to you (solving for probability density function with three Random Variables)

The following formula is a formula I got from a paper that deals with wireless networks specifically when calculating coverage probabilitites - if needed I can provide reference- $$\mathbb{P}[ X \geq ...
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Probability question involving stochastic process

A stochastic process $\{x_{k}\mid k=1,2,3,...\}$ of zeroes and ones is given with the property that $x_1 = 1, x_2 = 0$ and for every $k>2$ it is true that the probability of the event $x_k = 1$ is ...
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Interval of probabilities which satisfy a Markov chain

Given the following markov chain, where T1 is the start state, the labels are shown on the state( 'a' in this case) and p and 1-p are probabilities for that transition happening: Now, for what ...
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Probability of no ace in a 6 card hand, given 4 are not aces.

A player is dealt six cards out of a normal deck of cards. He looks at the first four and notices there is no ace among them. What is the probability that he does not have an ace at all. This sounds ...
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Find the chance that $a^3 + b^3 \equiv 0 (\mod 3)$

We are given set of integer numbers $\{1,2, \dots N\}$. $N \ge 3$ Then perform a drawing with replacement of two elements $a$ and $b$. Problem is to find the probability of following statement holding ...
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Markov Chain - Steady State behavior problem

I've been asked to solve the following problem. The problem: Let $X_n$ be a Markov chain with states in given space E, given transition matrix $P$ and all states belong to one and only recurrent ...
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number of possible outcomes in a license plate with conditions [on hold]

howmany license plates can me made when a) first two letters are different and the rest different digits e.g. DA3457 b) two letters in alphabetical order and the digits increasing e.g. CD1234
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Prove that if $X$ is stochastically larger than $Y$ then $E(X)\ge E(Y)$

Prove that if $X$ is stochastically larger than $Y$ (i.e. $P(X > t) \ge P(Y > t)$ then $E(X)\ge E(Y)$. I understand how to solve the problem if $X$ and $Y$ are non-negative random ...
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Basic probability and counting methods

A somewhat geeky problem has been on my mind the last few days: In my accomodation at Uppsala there are 12 rooms to a floor. I discovered the other day that another British girl whom I know lives ...
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A problem on distributing indistinguishable balls into 10 different groups such that…

I got this problem which I am stuck at for an hour and half: Suppose that we have an infinite number of indistinguishable balls and we need to distribute them into 10 different groups such that $ ...