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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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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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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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Convergence of $n^{-\gamma}T$ where $T$ a hitting time for uniform rvs, can I use CLT?

Let $X_1,X_2,\dots$ be iid uniform on $\{1,\dots,n\}$ and define $T=\inf\{k:X_k=X_r \text{ for some }r<k\}$. The objective is to figure out when $n^{-\gamma} T$ converges weakly to some ...
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Distribution of points in ellliptic curves over finite fileds

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve defined over a finite field ${\bf F}_p,$ where $p$ is prime. From Hasse theorem we get $p+1-2\sqrt{p} \leq |E({\bf F}_p)|\leq p+1+2\sqrt{p}.$ Now say that we choose in ...
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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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How to compute or simplify this nasty 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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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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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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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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When will this generalized binomial model generate an exchangeable sequence?

Start with a generalized binomial model $$P(X_{n+1}=1\mid \mathcal{F}_n)=\theta_n+ n^{-1} d_n \sum_{i=1}^n X_i$$ $$P(X_{n+1}=1)=p_{n+1}=\theta_n + n^{-1}d_n \sum_{i=1}^n p_i$$ $$P(X_1 = 1)= ...
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Probability density function of $x$ in the unit circle?

I'm trying to work out how to find the probability density function (PDF) for $x$ values on the unit circle - not within the unit circle but on the edge. The reason for doing so is that I'm trying to ...
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Distribution and convergence of the r.vs.: $X_n= \frac{ \lfloor nX \rfloor}{n}$

$X$ is an absolutely continous random variable, with a continous density function, and: $$X_n= \frac{ \lfloor nX \rfloor}{n}$$ What is the distribution of $X_n$, and what can we say about its ...
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An inequality with a characteristic function

It's my first question here, hi. In fact, it derives from my probability theory homework, which appears to be unusually difficult (or I just don't see something): Suppose $X$ is a real valued random ...
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Question about application of Erdős-Kac theorem

My question is whether (*) below can be shown using the Erdős-Kac theorem? I don't think the distinction between $\Omega$ and $\omega$ is important here. For lack of better notation let ...
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A hard integral from probability theory

I am trying to resolve this integral, which comes out of considering a compound distribution of normal variables: $$ \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\sigma_{\sigma} \sqrt{2 \pi}} ...
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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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Distribution of $\frac{X}{|Y|}$, where X and Y are standard normal r.v.'s

Let X and Y be independent standard normal random variables. What is the distribution of $\large \frac{X}{|Y|}$? Attempt: Let $\large U = \frac{X}{|Y|}$ and $ V = |Y|$. This transformation is not ...
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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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Simplifying an integral involving Gaussian PDF

Let $\phi(x)$ be the standard Gaussian probability density function and $1<Y<2$.Consider the integral $$ \int_{x=0}^\infty \int_{y=0}^\infty ...
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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 LESS than ...
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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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How can I turn a hypergeometric p-value into a score?

I have a list of hypergeometric probability values that give me the likelihood of association between two items. For each pair of items, I have used R's ...
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Systematic elementary exposition of multivariate c.d.f.s?

An example of some initially counterintuitive things that can happen with the joint cumulative probability distribution function of a tuple of real-valued random variables is found in this question. ...
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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 $X$ ...