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Zombie outbreak on a $k$-regular graph

Suppose we have a zombie outbreak on a connected $k$-regular graph of order $n$. There are $n_0$ initially infected zombie nodes, and each turn, each zombie infects its neighbors with probability ...
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How do you compute numerically the Earth mover's distance (EMD)?

I was trying to compute numerically (write a program) that calculated the EMD for two probability distribution $p_X$ and $q_X$. However, I had a hard time finding an outline of how to exactly compute ...
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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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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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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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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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Asymptotics of sum of binomial distributions

Definition 1: For any random variable $X$, we define $\mathrm{Bin}(p,X)$ as a variable with binomial distribution having parameters $p$ and $X$. Definition 2: For all $i \in \mathbb{N}$, define ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gamma distribution Norming constant for extreme minima

the norming constants for extreme maxima of Gamma distribution is known and is give in link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10687-010-0125-3. I would like to know is there reference or paper that states ...
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Independent normal distributions

I found two theorems with a similar content and want to find out which one is true: Let $X,Y$ be normally distributed random variables and $X+Y$ is also normally distributed or $ (X,Y)$ is ...
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determine type of probability distribution

let us consider following model $$y(t)=A_1 \sin(\omega_1 t+\phi_1) + A_2 \sin(\omega_2 t+\phi_2) + A_3 \sin(\omega_3 t+\phi_3)+ \ldots +A_p \sin(\omega_p t+\phi_p)+z(t)$$ we have three parameter ...
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Expected Value of the maximum of a set of random variables (not indep)

As a preface, this is related to a graph of $n+1$ nodes, which is generated through (equally likely) random attachments to existing nodes - this occurs in $n$ "stages" of attachment. Suppose that we ...
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Write $\Phi_n(\sqrt{y-1})$ in terms of $\Phi(y)$ and $n$. ($\Phi_n$ CDF of a $\mathcal{N}(0,\frac{1}{n})$)

I'm trying to solve the following problem: Let $X_n \sim \mathcal{N}(0,\frac{1}{n})$, and let $Y_n$ be the variable defined by: $$Y_n(\omega)=\int_{-1}^1 | X_n(\omega)-t |\,dt $$ Let $F_{Y_n}$ ...
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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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What is the dual matrix (of a sample covariance matrix)?

Let $A$ be a matrix. I am most interested in the real, symmetric case, but for full understanding let's let $A$ be complex. What does it mean for $A^D$ to be the dual matrix of $A$? Can we interpret ...
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Calculate the probability of multiple events

At work I'm running into a problem with probability calculation which I can't seem to wrap my head around... can someone point me in the direction of the concepts I need to figure out to solve this? ...
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Understanding the setup for the probability that $Ax^2+Bx+C$ has real roots if A, B, and C are random variables uniformly distribted over (0,1).

Suppose that $A, B,$ and $C$ are independent random variables, each being uniformly distributed over $(0,1)$. What is the probability that $Ax^2 + Bx + C$ has real roots? First, I set $P(B^2 - 4AC ...
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Can I solve this probabilistic problem or do I need more data?

This problem happened to me almost 3 years ago and I just discovered this site by luck, so I want some help to know if this problem is solvable (if so, I would like to know how to solve it as well as ...
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Calculating expectations in terms of quantile functions?

I have a well behaved random variable, $X$, where I can solve for the quantile in closed form, but in general cannot invert it to get the pdf/cdf. Assume whatever you need on the properties of $X$ ...
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Why does the likelihood function for the Poisson distribution integrate to $1$?

The probability mass function for the Poisson distribution with parameter $\theta$ is $$ \mathbb P(N=n;\theta)=\frac{e^{-\theta}\theta^n}{n!} $$ Since this is a probability mass function, we have: ...
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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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Inequality of covariances between a bivariate normal vector and its indicator functions

Why holds for a standardized bivariate normal vector $Z:=(Z_1,Z_2)$ that \begin{equation} |\operatorname{cov}(Z_1,Z_2)|\geqslant |\operatorname{cov}(1\{Z_1\leq u\},1\{Z_2\leq u\})|? \end{equation} ...
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How to simulate a sequence of partial sums $(X)_n(w) = \sum\limits_{i=1}^n (Y_i(w)-Y_{i-1}(w)),$ given some properties.

I want to generate/simulate a sequence of partial sums. $$(X)_n(w) = \sum\limits_{i=1}^n (Y_i(w)-Y_{i-1}(w)),\text{ for }1 \leq n \leq 100$$ Let $W$ be a random variable such that: $W \thicksim ...
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Problems sampling from a $pdf$ over $SO\left(3\right)$

I have a probability density function over $SO\left(3\right)$, which I am trying to sample from. The $pdf$ is given as a generalized fourier series: $$ f\left(\omega,\theta,\phi\right)=\sum ...
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A question about the stability of a property of the normal distribution

Recall that the standard normal distribution can be characterized as the unique standardized (having mean zero and unit variance) distribution $P$ on $\mathbb{R}$ with the property that with $X$, $Y$ ...
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Useful approximation of the pdf

Good day to everyone. In my research work I came out with a function, which looks like this (it is the pdf of some random variable): $$f(x,\rho,\psi)=\frac{2}{\pi }+\sqrt{\frac{2}{\pi }} ...
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What is the difference between these two questions?

Consider two independent random variables: X~U(0,1) and Y~U(0,2). Let Z = min(X,Y). b) Find F$_Z$(z) in terms of F$_X$(.) and F$_Y$(.). c) Eliminate F$_X$(.) and F$_Y$(.) to find F$_Z$(z). What is ...
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What is a spherical Gaussian kernel?

In this paper (page 8, Example 3), a spherical Gaussian kernel is defined by the formula $$K(\mathrm x,\mathrm y)=e^{-2\epsilon(1- \mathrm x\cdot\mathrm y)}$$ where $\mathrm{x,y}\in ...
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Simplifying covariance matrices in distributions

In the multivariate Gaussian distribution, it is required that the covariance matrix be positive semidefinite. I have read that a positive semidefinite matrix $\Sigma$ can be written as $LL^{T}$. I ...
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Find a density function for the endpoint of this stochastic process

$(X_t, Y_t, Z_t)$ is a three-dimensional stochastic process described as follows: $X_t$ is a Brownian Motion. $Y_t = \int_0^t X_s ds$ $Z_t = \inf_{s \in [0, t]} X_s$ I would like to find a density ...
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Is this a valid method for time-integrating a stochastic process?

I have a stochastic process $X_t$, and I have a function $a(x | t)$ that reflects my beliefs about the value of $X_t$ ($a$ is a density function in its first parameter). I am studying the properties ...
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Expected value of 2 geometric random variable

In a bus station the probability of a bus coming in the next minute is $1/10$. If we define $X$ as a random variable who point at which minute the bus is coming, it's easy to see that $X$ is ...
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Distribution of the sum of iid Beta-Negative-Binomial random variables

I am facing a problem when trying to calculate the distribution of the sum of iid Beta-Negative-Binomial random variables or for that matter if only parameter $r$ is different. To get a hint to how ...
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Hellinger Distance between Laplace Distributions

I'm looking for a closed form for the Hellinger distance between two (generalized) Laplace distribution with the same covariance (but different means). Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, Federico
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Uniform distribution on the unit circle (in the complex plane)

I was trying to prove that for a standard complex Gaussian variable $Z$ it holds that $|Z|^2$ is exponentially distributed with parameter 1, $\frac{Z}{|Z|}$ is uniformly distributed on the unit circle ...
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Bayesian inference on partitioned multivariate Gaussian

My question is on Bayesian inference of partitioned multivariate Gaussian. To make things easier, suppose there is a 2-dimensional Guassian, $$ X_1 \sim N(\mu_1, \sigma^2_1) \\ X_2 \sim N(\mu_2, ...