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Show that if the sum of an diverges, no discrete probability space can contain independent events

Suppose that 0$\leq$ $p_n$ $\leq$ 1 , and put $a_n$= min {$p_n$, $1-p_n$}. Show that if $\sum a_n$ diverges, then no discrete probability space can contain independent events $A_1$, $A_2$, .... such ...
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Sample Space of a set

Let $S = \{1, 2, \cdots , n\}$, and $T = \emptyset$. Repeat the following step as long as $|T| \lt n$: Uniformly at random pick a number $n$ from $S$; if $n \not \in T$, then $T = T \cup \{n\}$. As ...
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Find three events that are dependent but pairwise independent

http://imgur.com/yMh3D0o really bad at formatting... so My logic on this is something like a spinner with equal chances for all 4 and then if you get a certain number you flip a coin or something ...
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after hajek, can we guarantee that annealing has reached a solution in the best 1%?

hajek showed in http://web.mit.edu/6.435/www/Hajek88.pdf that there are conditions under which an annealing process is guaranteed to find the global minimum. these constraints are pretty tight, but ...
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Does this argument suffice to show a “record” occurs at time n with probability 1/n?

I think it does, but, in addition to checking for correctness, I'd like to know what other argument we might use. Let $X_1, X_2,...X_n$ be be a sequence of independent identically distributed ...
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Question about sums of normal random variables

I have independent random variables $X_1$, $X_2$ such that $X_1 \sim N(1,1)$ and $X_2 \sim N(2,2)$, and I'm trying to find a constant $a$ such that $c(X_1 - X_2 + 1)^2$ has a chi-squared distribution. ...
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Create the most 'stressful' tennis game ever!

Some games, such as tennis, use a complicated points system (point, game, set, match; with deuces and tie-breaks) for what would otherwise be an extremely simple and monotonous game. The main reason, ...
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Determine whether the following expression is positive

I am faced with a problem where I need to show that an expected expression is positive. But I fail to give a strict proof. $$A=E_v ...
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PDF of product of two continous joint distribution

Suppose that $X1$ and $X2$ have a continuous joint distribution for which the joint PDF is as follows: \begin{equation*} f(x_1,x_2) = \begin{cases} x_1 + x_2 & \text {for $0 < x_1 < ...
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Find all random variables whose distribution satisfies an equation

The problem I have to solve is formulated as follows: Find all random variables such that if $Y$ has the distribution $N(0,1)$ and $X, Y$ are independent then $X+Y$ has the same distribution as ...
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Conditional probability density function

Let $\theta$ be the parameter of the probability density function $f(x)$. If it is mentioned that $f(x|\theta)$ be the conditional probability density function, then what does $f(x|\theta)$ mean? ...
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Please help me with the solution of the following problem:

Each bag in a large box contains 25 tulip bulbs. It is known that 60% of the bags contain bulbs for 5 red and 20 yellow tulips, while the remaining 40% of the bags contain bulbs for 15 red and 10 ...
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Whats the formula for the probability density function of skewed normal distribution

The formula for the probability density function of a standard normal distribution that isn't skewed is: $$P(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2π}}e^{-(x^2 / 2)}$$ where, $π = 3.14, e = 2.718$. What if it is ...
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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 expectation 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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Random sums of iid Uniform random variables

Let $\{X_r : r\ge 1\}$ be independently and uniformly distributed on $[0,1]$. Let $0<x<1$ and define $$N=\min\{n\ge 1 : X_1 + X_2 +\ldots+X_n> x\}$$ Show that $$P(N>n) = ...
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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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Let X and Y be geometrically distributed iid r.v.s. Find the pmf of min(X, Y), and the pmf and Z = X - Y.

Let X and Y be geometrically distributed iid r.v.s. Find the pmf of M = min(X, Y), and the pmf and D = X - Y. I thought $$ P(M = m) = P(X = x) \cdot P(Y > x) + P(Y = y) \cdot P(X > y) + ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ODE for the normal distribution [on hold]

The normal density function $\phi(x)=\tfrac{1}{2\pi}e^{-\frac{x^2}2}$ can be described via the ODE $$\phi^\prime(x) = -x \phi(x)$$ under the condition $\int_{-\infty}^\infty \phi(x) = 1$. Is there ...
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How to demonstrate the pdf of $P_{\sigma} (t)=\lambda_c e^{- \lambda_c t} / (1 - e^{- \lambda_c T})$

In $t_c$, there are $n$ expirations of $T$ and the remnant $\sigma$ seen from the above figure. Let the time $t_c$ forms the exponential distribution with parameter $\lambda_c$. How to demonstrate ...
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Find the moment generation function of $Y=1-e^{-X}$. [on hold]

If $X$ is random variable with PDF: $f(x)=e^{-x}$, $x>0$. Then find the moment generating function of $Y=1-e^{-X}$. Okay, so I don't get why $Y$ is equated to small $x$ since $Y$ itself is a ...
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A Seemingly Trivial but Computationally Complicated Probability Problem

Suppose $X,Y$ are independent $Uniform(-1,1)$ random variables. Determine the distribution of $Z=X-Y$. I do not really think I should add my work here because whatever I have tried until now, has ...
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Sufficient condition for not having infinitely small modes in a distribution

I was reading the paper Optimal Throughput and Delay in Delay-tolerant Networks with Ballistic Mobility (http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2500432), and found the following proposition (page 305): ...
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Help me understand how to take derivative of the PDF of X~binom(n,p) with respect to p.

This is the solution I was given. My questions: Why is it summed from k=1 to x. Shouldn't it be from k=1 to n? (If not, why not?) What is happening to the first term from line 1 to line 2? When we ...
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How can I calculte the probability of $X$ with a Generlized Hyperbolic Distribution?

I would like to know how to calculate the probability of $X$ when I have fitted a Generalized Hyperbolic Distribution to my data set. The depth of my knowledge is basic t-tests and z-tests. I am ...
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Comparing sums of random variables

Consider $X_0,X_1\ldots,X_n$ mutually independent and $X_i \sim U(a_i,b_i)$. What is the probability that $\sum_{i=1}^n X_i<X_0$? Can you extend to mutually independent random variables with ...
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Approximation of objective based on statistical distance

I am a computer science researcher (mostly theoretical) currently in midst of statistics and not able to figure out how to proceed. At an abstract level, I have a hypothesis for an unknown ...
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Comparing uniform random variables.

$X$ is a uniformly distributed random variable on $(0,1)$ $Y$ is a uniformly distributed random variable on $(0,2)$ $Z$ is a uniformly distributed random variable on $(0,4)$ What is the probability ...
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$E_n =\lbrace X_n > X_m \ \forall m < n \rbrace $ are independent

I'm stuck with this exercise. Suppose $(X_n)$ are independent random variables defined on $(\Omega, \mathfrak{F}, P)$ with the same p.d.f. Let $E_1 = \Omega$ and for $n \geq 2$ $$E_n =\lbrace X_n ...
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Probability of number of people in car park at any given time

A building has 22 car spaces, each having a car parked within each spot in the morning. Each car is retrieved by its respective owner at some point (random time) between 7am and 9am (120minutes). Each ...
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Expected valued of Random sums about dice and jar problem

A six-sided die is rolled , and the number N on the uppermost face is recorded. From a Jar containing 10 tag numbered 1,2,,,,10 , we then select N tags at random without replacement. Let X be the ...
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Conditional probability about card picking.

A card is picked at random from N cards labeled 1,2,3,,,,,N and the number that appears is X. A second card is picked at random from cards numbered 1,2,3,,,X and its number is Y. I am asked to ...
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How to calculate probability of users generating distributed events reaching n events per 15 minutes?

We have games & apps that connect to services such as Facebook and Twitter to fetch information. These services have various rate-limit caps that you cannot exceed - typically based on a 15 minute ...
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Independence of two multivariate normals.

Suppose we have two multivariate normals $X_1 \sim N(u_1, \Sigma_{11}\Sigma_{22}$) and $X_2 \sim N(u_2, \Sigma_{21} \Sigma_{22})$ . Why are $X_2 $ and $X_1-\Sigma_{12} \Sigma_{22}^{-1}X_2$ ...
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Deriving a joint cdf from a joint pdf

I see that a similar question was asked last year, but I am still confused. I have $f(x,y) = 2e^{-x-y}$, $ 0 < x < y < \infty $ and need to find the joint CDF. I have a solution that ...
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Y(t) = X(t + d) - X(t), where X(t) is a gaussian stochastic process. [on hold]

Could anyone please help me with these questions: a) Calculate the PDF of Y(t) b) Calculate the joint PDF of Y(t) and Y(t + s) I know that if X(t) was iid it would be much easier to be solved. ...
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Showing That Two Normal-Based Random Variables Have the Same Distribution

Above is my question. $\overline X$ has distribution $N(0,1/n)$ - that's fine to work out. Similarly, $X_n / \sqrt{n}$ has distribution $N(0,1/n)$. These follow from the general relation $$ ...
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Find the probability generating function of $2X$.

If $X$ follows a poisson distribution with parameter $\lambda$ (mean). Then find the probability generating function of $2X$. I'm getting stuck with forming the expression, as I'm getting confused ...