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Integrate this monster

Can you please help me? I've been trying for some time now to integrate this: $$\int_0^\infty g^{-(a+1)} \; \exp\left\{-\left(\frac{b}{g} + \frac{1}{2} \sum_{i=1}^{n} ...
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How well can the maximum of a Gaussian process be approximated by a finite-dimensional Gaussian variable?

Consider a compact set $K$ in $\mathbb{R}^p$, and let $W$ be a mean zero continuous Gaussian process on $K$, meaning that $W$ takes its values in the space of continuous functions from $K$ to ...
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What is the distribution of $\sqrt{X^2+Y^2}$ when $X$ and $Y$ are Gaussian but correlated?

If $Z = \sqrt{X^2+Y^2}$, and $X$ and $Y$ are zero-mean i.i.d. normally-distributed random variables, then $Z$ is Rayleigh distributed. What is the distribution of $Z$ if $X$ and $Y$ are correlated ...
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Is this question solvable? $2$ non-linear equations and the proof that the solution is unique (with asymmetric bounty option)

As mentioned in the title I want to show the uniqueness of the solution to $2$ non-linear equations. However, it seems that I can not solve this question with my current mathematical knowledge. More ...
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Normalizing factor for product of Gaussian densities - interpretation with Bayes theorem

The normalizing factor for the product of two multivariate Gaussian densities, $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ with mean vectors $a$ and $b$ respectively, and covariance matrices $A$ and $B$ respectively, is itself ...
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The Expectation of a function of independent random variables

Assume we have for some index $i>n$ ($n \in \mathbb{N} $) the following ${\it Independent \ Random \ Variables}$ $$h_i \sim \text {i.i.d }\ \ \mathcal{CN}(0,1) \ \ \text{ Complex Gaussian}$$ ...
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How to compute or simplify this integration?

Any hints on solving an integration of the following form, $$\int_{x}^{+\infty}\left(1-\frac{1}{1+sy^{-1}}\right) \left(\text{exp}(-\sqrt{y})+ y^{-\frac{1}{2}}(1-\text{exp}(-\sqrt[4]y)\right)dy $$ ...
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Regular Version of Conditional Gaussian Distribution

Let $Z_{1}$ and $Z_{2}$ be two independent normally distributed random variables with expectations $\mu_{1},\mu_{2}\in\mathbb{R}$ and variances $\sigma_{1}^2,\sigma_{2}^2\in (0,\infty)$ . I would ...
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Calculating probability of some event using geometric considerations

I want to estimate exponentially the following probability: Let $\bf{U}\in\mathbb{R}^n$ be a random vector uniformly distributed on the $n$-dimensional hypersphere, centered at the origin with radius ...
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Conditional expectation involving some complications around exponential random variables

Here is my problem. Consider four independent exponential distributions $X^A_1$, $X^B_1$, $X^A_2$, $X^B_2$ where $X^A_1$ and $X^B_1$ are $exp(\lambda_1)$ and $X^A_2$ and $X^B_2$ are $exp(\lambda_2)$. ...
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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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Entries of a Haar distributed unitary matrix

The eigenvector matrix of a Wishart matrix is Haar distributed and that implies that the eigenvectors are uniformly distributed on a sphere. I'm interested to know what is the distribution of ...
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Distribution for ratio of dependent quadratic forms.

Random vector $\mathbf{x}_{0}$ $\sim$ $\mathcal{N}\left(\boldsymbol{\mu}, \mathbf{\Sigma} \right)$ is a sum of two orthogonal random vectors: $\mathbf{x}_{0}$ = $\mathbf{x}_{1}$ + ...
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Deconvolution of distribution of diffraction reflexes

I'm a chemist stuck in a mathematical problem. Please bear with me as I'm trying to express myself in Math language. Let me explain in short terms the experimental method I'm using: X-ray ...
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Maximum and minimum of an integral under integral constraints.

Find the maximum and minimum of the following integral in terms of $f(x),a,C$: \begin{align}I=\int_{0}^{a} \frac{x}{f(x)}p(x)dx \end{align} s.t.: 1) $\int_{0}^{a} p(x)dx=1$ 2) $\int_{0}^{a} ...
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I need help about some compactness arguments

I need help to find some compact sets for my engineering problem. Through this page I learned quite much about it however since I have neither read a book yet nor have an experience I am not able to ...
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Need advice: what should be my next step?

I am dealing with a quite algebraic question and I arrived at some good point. I had $2$ equations with $2$ unknowns and I was able to eleminate one of the variables. My final equation still seems ...
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Simulating from a Multivariate Gaussian without Cholesky

I'd like to draw a sample from a multivariate Gaussian distribution $\mathcal{N}(\mu, \Sigma)$, where $\mu$ is the mean vector (can assume it to be $\boldsymbol{0}$), and $\Sigma$ is a sparse positive ...
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Exponential family representation of multi-variate Gaussians

I'm a bit stumped by the exponential family representation of a multi-variate Gaussian distribution. Basically, the exponential form is a generic form for a large class of probability distributions. ...
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Max and sum of random variables

I have a set of independent random variables $\{A_1, A_2, B_1, B_2\}$. All of them have the same distribution function $F(x)$. I want to find distribution function of a variable $C$, where $C=max(A_1 ...
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Sum of F Ratio distributed random variables

Where $X$ follows an F Ratio distribution F$(1,\alpha)$ with pdf: $$ f(x)= \frac{\alpha ^{\alpha /2} (\alpha +x)^{\frac{1}{2} (-\alpha -1)}}{\sqrt{x} B\left(\frac{1}{2},\frac{\alpha }{2}\right)},\; ...
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How to prove the following about eigenvalues

Let $\mathbf{M} = [m_{ij}]$ be a symmetric matrix of size $m\times m$ of real elements. Let $\mathbf{A} = [a_{ij}^R + ia_{ij}^I]$ be a random Hermitian matrix whose elements have variance, $\sigma^2$, ...
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Using Jensen's inequality to prove the Cauchy distribution has no mean

I can see that there is no mean because $\int x / \pi(1+x^{2})$ does not converge from -inf to inf. But my prof hinted at using Jensen's inequality for the proof. $$f(E(X)) \le E(f(X))$$ How can I ...
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Generalized Binomial Model independent in the limit

Start with a generalized binomial model $$P(X_{n+1}=1\mid \mathcal{F}_n)=\theta_n+ n^{-1} d_n \sum_{i=1}^n X_i$$ $$P(X_{n+1}=1)=p_{n+1}=\theta_n + n^{-1}d_n \sum_{i=1}^n p_i$$ With $0\leq \theta_n+ ...
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How to model this easy problem as sum of indicator random variables in order to apply Chernoff bound

Do you have an idea how I could model the following process somehow as a sum of independent indicator random variables? I have given a grid of size $n \times n$ for $n \rightarrow \infty$. Now I ...
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Mean Absolute Deviation for a Stable Distribution as a Function of the Tail Exponent

Consider the standard Lévy-Stable (or Alpha Stable) distribution $S(\alpha,\beta, \mu, \sigma)$ where $\alpha$ is the tail exponent, $1 \leq \alpha \leq 2 $. Picking the symmetric case with $0$ mean ...
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Probability and sums of prime factors

Of the first $N$ natural numbers, we select two different numbers at random. We'll call the greater one $A$ and the lesser one $B$. What is the probability $P$ that the sum of $A$'s prime factors is ...
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Difficult integral for a marginal distribution

I am trying to derive a marginal probability distribution for $y$, and failed, having tried all methods to solve the following integral: $$p(y)=\int_0^{\frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi }}} ...
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The distribution of the inner product of a random complex normal vector.

Good day! I would like to find the distribution of the inner product of a random complex normal vector with: some constant vector; random gaussian vector. Let's assume a vector $\vec{z}$ which has ...
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Convergence in distribution of bernoulli rv over square root of uniform rv

This is a question from an old comprehensive exam: Let $U$ be a $\operatorname{Uniform}[0,1]$ random variable and let $X$ be a $\operatorname{Bernoulli}(1/2)$ random variable independent of $U$. ...
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Identifying the joint distribution from some values of $t \cdot X$

Suppose that $S$ is a subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $X, Y$ are $\mathbb{R}^n$ valued RVs. We already know that $X$ and $Y$ are equidistributed iff $t \cdot X=^d t\cdot Y$ for all $t \in \mathbb{R}^n$. ...
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Uniform distribution on the surface of unit sphere

It is known that given $X=(X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_n)$ iid $\sim N(0,1)$, then $X/\sqrt{X_1^2+\cdots+X_n^2}$ is uniformly distributed on the surface of unit sphere. Intuitively, I know that that's ...
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Using Bernoulli distribution approximate the $q$-th moment

Let $x$ be vector in $R^n$. Let $\pi(⋅)$ be a permutation on the set $\{1,\ldots,n\}$ with a uniform distribution. Let $|m|\leq n, m \in Z$. Using Bernoulli (or maybe some other) distribution ...
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An absolutely continuous cumulative distribution function that fails to have a Riemann-integrable pdf.

We know that if a real-valued random variable $ X $ on a probability space has an absolutely continuous cumulative distribution function (cdf) $ F $, then $ X $ possesses a probability density ...
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a integral of bivariate Gaussian random variables.

I met the following problem when doing estimation and detection homework. The problem asks for a maximum likelihood estimator for (v,$\rho$) of bivariate joint Gaussian, where v is the common ...
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Equivalence of two sequences

I'm having some trouble showing that two things I really want to be the same are in fact the same. I want to show that these two sequences are, in fact, the same thing: $$a_0=1,a_1=-1, ...
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PDF of $X = \max\{X_1,X_2\}$, being $X_1$ and $X_2$ independent Normal distributed random variables

Let $X_1 \sim \mathcal{N}(\mu_1,\sigma_1^2)$ and $X_2 \sim \mathcal{N}(\mu_2,\sigma_2^2)$, what's the CDF of $X = \max\{X_1,X_2\}$? Both variables are assumed to be independent. I tried the ...
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Random matrices, eigenvalue distribution.

I just investigated randn(1024) + 1i*randn(1024), a 1024x1024 complex valued matrix with elements both real part and imaginary part drawn from $\mathcal{N}(\mu = 0, \sigma = 1)$. I was a bit surprised ...
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Expected value of sorted subsequence

Consider the following discrete random variable: Given an array of size n containing random unique integers, what is the maximal length of a sorted subsequence from that array. What is the expected ...
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Joint distribution of degrees of Erdös Renyi random graph

The marginal degree distribution of any particular vertex is $$Bin(n-1,p)$$ in an Erdös Renyi random graph G(n,p). Denoting the degrees of the n vertices as d1,d2,...,dn, can you please let me know ...
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Compound normal distribution with mean from truncated normal

I'm trying to compute the distribution of a compound normal where the mean is drawn from a truncated normal. To be specific, I want to find the unconditional distribution $p(\theta)$, when the ...
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Order statistics: does distribution of sum of two of them uniquely determine parent distribution?

Let $X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_n$ be a sequence of i.i.d. r.v. with bounded range (say, the interval [0,1]), with cdf $F$. Let $Y_1 \geq Y_2, \ldots, \geq Y_n$ be the corresponding order statistics. My ...
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Sufficient statistics and UMVUE for joint poisson, bernoulli

Given a pair $(X,Y)$ of r.v.s such that: $$X \sim \text{Poisson}(\lambda)\quad \text{and}\quad Y \sim B(\frac{\lambda}{1+\lambda})$$ with $X,Y$ independent, determine a one-dimensional ...
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Joint pdf of N > 1 i.i.d. random variables isotropic if and only if they are centered gaussian?

Are centered Gaussian densities given by $$f_X(x) = \frac{1}{\sigma \sqrt{2\pi}} e^{-x^2/(2 \sigma^2)}$$ the unique densities such that the joint pdf of $N > 1$ independent and identically ...
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Compute the covariance of $\xi$ and $\min \{\xi,2\}$, where $\xi$ is exponentially distributed

Let $\xi$ be a random variable exponentially distributed and let $\xi_1=\min \{\xi,2\}$. Calculate $Cov(\xi,\xi_1)$. I know the problem is easy but I just need somebody to check my work. Here's ...
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Weak convergence of order statistics

I've encountered the following problem: Let $U_1,...,U_n$ be iid uniformly distributed on $[0,1]$ and let $U_{n(k_n)}$ denote the $k_n$-th order statistic where $k_n$ is chosen, s.t. ...
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What is the appropriate statistical test to see if a quantity has been distributed differently into discrete bins?

Say I have $10^6$ balls, $3$ bins $A,B,C$, and $2$ machines $X$ and $Y$ that distribute the balls into the bins according to an internal set of rules (i.e. a probability distribution). If I run both ...
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Estimating the support of a probability density function

The inverse moment problem deals with the reconstruction of a probability density function (PDF) of a random variable (RV) by means of its statistical moments. In the special case of the Hausdorff ...
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Probability Density Function for Randomly Oriented Ellipse

I have an ellipse with a long aspect of a and a short aspect of b. The equation for this ellipse is found on this post: What is the general equation of the ellipse that is not in the origin and ...