Questions on using, finding, or otherwise relating to probability distributions, pdfs, cdfs, or the like.

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Distributions question. I'm getting the wrong answer?

An oil exploration firm is to drill $10$ wells, with each well having probability $0.1$ of successfully producing oil. It costs the firm ${10}$ million dollars to drill each well. A successful well ...
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What kind of distribution is this and how do I calculate the expected value

Jack buys four items from a firm; the four are randomly selected from a large lot known to contain 10% defectives. Let $Y$ denote the number of defectives among the four that Jack has bought. ...
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Is there an error in this question - binomial distribution

The median time a customer waits to be served at a large retail company is 20 minutes. On a day when 6 customers pitch up, what is the probability that more than half will have to wait more than 20 ...
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Ratios and probability mass function

It was given that $p_{2,3} = 2$ and $p_{0,1} = 12$ $p_{k, k+1} = \frac{P(X=k+1)}{P(X=k)}, k=0,1,2,...,n = (\frac{n-k}{k+1})(\frac{1-\theta}{\theta})$ The question was: Find $P(X \geq 2)$. Answer: ...
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Binomial Distribution Problem

Hello can someone please help me to answer this question it, it a binomial distribution question: An email message advertises the chance to win a prize if the reader follows a link to an online ...
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Probability that a five is seen before any of the even numbers are seen

A fair die is repeatedly tossed. What is the probability that a five is seen before any of the even numbers are seen? I have my own solution below and just want someone to verify it. According ...
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The joint distribution of two linear combinations of independent standard normal variables

If $W$ and $V$ are standard independent normal variables find the joint distribution of $3W+2V$ and $2W-3V$. Since $W$ and $V$ are standard independent normal variables then would it just be the ...
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Binomial distribution question regarding one after another selection

Say you have a manufacturer who manufactures a product and the process historically averages 5% defective products. Now suppose the products are randomly selected and inspected for defects one after ...
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Subset Probability to Element Probability (part II)

Asking in conjuction with the previous question: Subset Probability to Element Probability If John selects any sized-subset (from 1 element to N elements), which is the probability of selecting ...
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Calculus Question: Improper integral $\displaystyle\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} x^{2}e^{x-e^{2x}}dx$

I am curious about evaluation of the following integral $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} x^{2}e^{x-e^{2x}}dx$$ Is it possible to evaluate it? This not my homework but I will share my attempt. I tried ...
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tricky integrating ranges x1-x2

So, we know the sum of n i.i.d. exponential(lambda) is gamma(n,lambda). But I am looking at a problem with X1-X2. So I get the joint dist of z=x1-x2 and w=x2. Then I integrate out w on range 0 to ...
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Sum over stochastic processes on the same set of categories

I have a stochastic process consisting of multiple (stochastic) steps, for which I want to know if I can substitute (or at least approximate) it by summing over the deterministic and stochastic parts ...
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Probability function

Peter and John are designing a game. You take 2 balls (once a time, and without replacement) out 0f 12 balls, where 2 are blue, 3 green, 7 black. Tha gambler needs to pay $10 to be able to play the ...
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Computing absolute distribution from conditioned probability

for a sum $X:= \sum_{i=1}^n 1_{U_n<U_0}$ of a series of random variables $U_1, ..., U_n$, all of them uniformely distributed on the unit interval as is $U_0$, I computed the following conditional ...
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Finite discrete approximation to the normal distribution

I wish to derive a finite (that is, which has a finite support) discrete approximation to a normal distribution, with the following considerations: It should have exactly the same mean and variance ...
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Derivation of expectation maximization for GMMs

I am referring to these lecture slides on EM estimation of GMM. In particular I have confusion in steps on slide 13 and 14. If we have a $N$ component GMM (defined by parameters $\theta$), likelihood ...
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Probability of transferring a ball from one bucket to other

There are $n$ buckets. Each of these buckets can hold maximum $k$ balls. The probability that a ball is transferred to $m_{th}$ bucket is denoted as $P(m)$. What is the probability that a ball is ...
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Expectation in Moment Generating Functions

A moment generating function $M_X(t)$ is defined as $\mathbb{E}(e^{tX})$ where $X$ is a random variable and $t$ is a number. In every calculation of moment generating functions I see the following ...
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True or false: If a distribution has a conjugate prior, then it is a member of the exponential family.

I would like to know if it's true that "A distribution has a conjugate prior if and only if it is a member of the exponential family". I know that all members of the exponential family have conjugate ...
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Can anyone help with this discrete problem? [duplicate]

Question: How many ways are there to distribute 16 identical pieces of candy to five children such that every child receives at least one piece? Generalize k identical pieces of candy and n children. ...
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What is the reason for this answer on this coin problem?

Question: How many ways are there to pick a collection of 15 coins from bags of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters? (Assume coins of the same denomination are indistinguishable.) I know the answer ...
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Name of a distribution of subsequent successes of a random event

What I am looking for now is the name of the distribution that describes the situation of exactly $k$ successes in a row of random events of probability $p$. To give an example, if $k = 3$, that ...
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Cumulative Poisson Distribution Question

For the following question I figured that the expected time between successive arrival is the mean = 1/10 per hour (or 1 per 6 minutes). My question is regarding the second part; does the fact that ...
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pdf and random variable transformation?

let y be a multivariate random variable with probability density function $p_y(y)$. Let $x$ be such that $y=f(x)$ where $f$ is a differentiable function (not bijective). What is the density of $x$?
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Generating the data from empirical histogram or probability density function.

This question might be redundant of the last question which I asked. Thanks to jameselmore and user159813, I tried to generate the data from my emprical PDF. If I explain again for better ...
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Relative merits of definitions of “discrete probability distribution”

Some books say that a probability distribution is "discrete" if the set of possible values that a random variable so distributed can assume is either finite or countably infinite. I think a better ...
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Unbiased sample standard deviation of a custom/unknown probability distribution

Hi i must determine the unbiased sample standard deviation of an unknown probability distribution.I dont have the data of the full population so i must work with a sample. Now according to Wikipedia ...
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Derivative of Survival Function

I am trying to get through statistical survival analysis - sadly I only have high school math. I have the following equation: $ S(t) = Pr\{T ≥ t\} = 1−F(t) = \int_t^\infty f(x) dx$ $f(x)$ is the ...
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Distribution estimate from a sample or just a probability theory task

Here is the task: I have a sample of replies to my e-mail from my mail box. A sample is taken over a period of 90 days, 1000 e-mails and replies if any. (We only consider a pair of {my original ...
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Is this form of distribution considered Bimodal or Uniform?

Would this form of distribution be considered Bimodal or Uniform? I have been searching through distribution images and the Bimodal distributions generally appear to refer to a pair of Normal ...
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Trouble deriving sum of squared normals is Exponential with mean $2$

Box-Muller method hinges on the fact that $R = Z_1^2 + Z_2^2$ is Exponential with mean 2, where $Z_1, Z_2$ are independent standard normals. I want to derive this fact but am getting stuck. I proceed ...
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Kernel density estimation including measureed uncertainty

I am trying to plot the distribution of a measured variable from a scientific experiment, in this case a velocity. After making a simple histogram, I have been reading this, ...
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How do you transform probabilities from the form P[X=x] to P[X =< x]

I'm working on a problem that requires you to use a binomial distribution to solve the problem. Now we want to determine x such that P[X > x] =< 0.01 or, ...
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What is meant by Stable Law?

I am reading a very complex paper consider a set of random variables $\left\{ X_{i}\right\} _{i=1}^{\infty }$ whose common distribution $F_{X}$ belong to the domain of attraction of an $\alpha ...
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Variables defined as floor and fraction part from exponentially distributed random variable

Random variable $X$ has exponential distribution with parameter $\lambda>0$. Let $T=[X]$, $R=\{X\}$ where $[x]$ is floor from number $x\in\mathbb{R}$ and $\{x\}$ is it's fraction part. What is the ...
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Proof for the distribution of a two-sample t-test with unequal population variances.

I am having trouble finding documentation showing a proof, or at least some outline for it, illustrating how to derive the distribution and degrees of freedom of the test statistic for a two-sample ...
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Maximum singular value of a Gaussian tensor

Suppose there is an $ n \times n \times n $ tensor where each entry is a normal random variable. Are there results known about the distribution of its maximum singular value, or it's expected value? ...
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Binomial distribution for number of family members

The question below is a part of a more complex question in probability theory. I can't get my head around why is my solution incorrect... So here it goes. Distribution of number of boys in a family ...
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Convergence of expected values as random variables converge almost surely

Let I have a sequence of random variables $X_n$ that converges to random variable $X$ almost surely as $n\to\infty$. How can I proof that $\lim_{n\to\infty}\mathcal{E}[X_n]=\mathcal{E}[X]$ where ...
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Can this function be a density function of a continuous random variable X?

F(x) = 0, if x < 1 F(x) = 1, if 1<=x<=2 F(x) = 0, if x>2 I think it could be, as long as the integral is 1. Any ideas?
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Contradictory recursion

I encountered this problem which I find very contradictory to my intuition. Could anyone enlighten me why my recursive formulation is wrong? "Roll a fair dice until the game stops. The game stops ...
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The density of conditional distribution.

Let $X$ and $Y$ be independent random variables, both of exponential distibution, such that $EX=\frac{1}{2},EY=1$. Calculate the density of conditional distribution $f_{X+Y|X}(z|x)$. In fact I am ...
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How to calculate the median and the quantiles of this distribution?

A median of a distribution of one random variable $X$ of the discrete or continuous type is a value of $x$ such that $P(X < x) \leq 1/2$ and $P(X \leq x) \geq 1/2$. If there is only one such $x$, ...
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Sample Mean and Sample Variance

Consider a sample of data S obtained by flipping a coin x, where 0 denotes the coin turned up heads, and 1 denotes that it turned up tails. S = {1, 1, 0, 1, 0} What is the sample mean for this data ? ...
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Geometric and binomial distribution problem

Let $X \sim Bi(n,p)$, and $Y \sim \mathcal{G}(p)$. (a) Show that $P(X=0)=P(Y>n)$. (b) Find the number of kids a marriage should have so as the probability of having at least one boy is $\geq ...
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Compute $P(X_1+X_2+\cdots+X_{100}<100)$ for Poisson random variables $X_i$ [closed]

Random variables $X_i$ have the same Poisson distribution. Calculate $$P(x_1+x_2+\cdots+x_{100}<100)$$ I am totally lost in this sentence. Begging for help.
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Find distribution $Y=X^2$

X~N(0,1). Find distribution $Y=X^2$ Can someone help me? I have no idea how to do it. I could try to start like this: $F_Y(t)=P(X^2<t)=P(-\sqrt(t)<X<\sqrt{t})$
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A R.V. is approximated as normal distribution by CLT. Can I use CLT again if I want to sum it with another R.V.?

My problem is, I have many independent normal random variables and since I need to have their squared distribution, I use Central Limit Theory to approximate the sum of its squared distribution as ...
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Expectation of first duplicate

Assume there is a box with N elements inside and you randomly draw one element with replacement. You keep doing this until you draw an element you've already drawn before. Each element has equal ...
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Prove a random variable has normal distribution

Let $X$ be a standard normal random variable and $a>0$ a constant. Define: $Y = \begin{cases} \phantom{-}X & \text{if $\,|X| < a$}; \\ -X & \text{otherwise}. ...