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Is there a $\sigma$-algebra on $\mathbb{R}$ other than Borel $\sigma$-algebra?

I was wondering if there is a good example of a $\sigma$-algebra on $\mathbb{R}$ other than Borel $\sigma$-algebra. thanks!
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Distribution Problem based on unknown function

I got struck at this problems as Function is not given. Any help will be appreciated
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What is the General Central Limit Theorem?

General Central Limit Theorem says: Let $ \{(X_{n,j} , 1 ≤ j ≤ n), n ≥ 1\} $ be a triangular array of rowwise independent random variables, set $ S_n = \sum_{j=1}^n X_{n,j}, s_n^2 = \sum_{j=1}^n ...
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Conditional Expectation with respect to two Random Variables

Consider the quantity $$ \mathrm E[U \mid S,T]. $$ Is this shorthand for $$ \mathrm E[U \mid \sigma(S) \otimes \sigma(T)]? $$ If so, the defining characteristics are that $\mathrm E[U \mid S,T]$ is ...
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Almost surely on a subset

I often meet in the literature on probability theory statements like "$\phi$ almost surely on $S$", where $\phi$ is a property and $S$ a subset of the underlying complete probability space $(\Omega, ...
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Probability of Union of Events in a Probability Product Space By Counting Event Size

This question is about probability of union of events in a probability product space. Let’s say a fair die is thrown twice and we’re interested to find out probability of getting face value one in 1st ...
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Interpretation of integral as ratio of joint and conditional densities?

A common exercise in Bayesian statistics is specifying a prior $p(\theta)$ on some parameter $\theta$. We then observe a collection of data $D=(X_1,\dots,X_N)$, the distribution of which is ...
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Is there accepted notation for the pushforward measure that doesn't mention $\mathbf{P}$?

Let $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbf{P})$ denote a probability space, $(S,\mathcal{M})$ denote a measurable space, and $X : (\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbf{P}) \rightarrow (S,\mathcal{M})$ denote a measurable ...
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What do you call this thing in probability theory? [on hold]

I have studied it before but I forgot the name. It is like when the possiblity of something happens is so small, but you created the experience so so many times, then the probability of that thing to ...
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When does $\sum_{i=1}^{\infty} X_i$ exist for random sequences $\{X_i\}_{i=1}^{\infty}$?

Suppose $\{X_1, X_2, X_3, \ldots\}$ is an infinite sequence of random variables such that $E[X_i]=0$ for all $i$, and $E[X_iX_j]=0$ whenever $i \neq j$. Further suppose the variances $\sigma_i^2 = ...
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Proof of a classical Theorem of Martin-Löf on complexity dips for Kolmogorov complexity,

I have a question on the first Theorem from the article Complexity of Oscillations in Infinite Binary Sequences by P. Martin-Löf, which could be downloaded from the publisher or from here. Theorem ...
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What is the countable product sigma algebra of powersets of a countable set $E$? The powerset of the space of all sequences in $E$ or not?

Let $E$ be a countable set with power set $\mathcal{P}(E)$. $(E,\mathcal{P}(E))$ is a measurable space. Let $E^{\mathbb{N}}$ be the space of sequences in $E$ and $\mathcal{P}(E)^{\mathbb{N}}$ the ...
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Probability in knockout games.

Suppose in a knockout tournament 32 players p1 , p2 .....p32 participate. In each round players are divided into pairs at random and winner goes to the next round. If p5 reaches semifinal what is ...
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Calculating Variance of payment in patterns of balls.

We have five different bags labeled from 1 to 5 and several colored balls. There are 9 different possible colors. We know how many balls of each color there are in each bag. We have a grid of 5x3 ...
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Find a probability density

I am going through a paper trying to understand all the single steps, but I got stuck. I need to calculate $$p(x+\delta t) \mid x(t), t)= \int p(x(t+\delta t) \mid \mu , x(t), t)p(\mu\mid x(t), t) ...
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Independent increments of a Poisson process

In the following $\{X_t\}$ is a Poisson process. Assume that I've proved that $P(X_s=i,X_t-X_s=k)=P(X_s=i)P(X_t-X_s=k)$ so that the two events are independent, does it follow that ...
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Show that for any random variable $X$, and any $a > 0$, $P(|X| > a) \leq {EX^4 \over a^4}$.

Show that for any random variable $X$, and any $a > 0$, $$P(|X| > a) \leq {EX^4 \over a^4}.$$ Maybe I need to use Markov's Inequality, but I don't know how.
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Does convergence in probability preserve the weak inequality?

Suppose I have two sequences of random variables $\{x_n\}$ and $\{y_n\}$ such that $x_n\leq y_n$ and $\text{plim}\;x_n=L_x$ and $\text{plim}\;y_n=L_y$, can I say $L_x\leq L_y$ (almost surely)? Does ...
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Understanding the definition of $P(Y = y \mid X = x)$

Let $X: \Omega \rightarrow E_X$ and $Y: \Omega \rightarrow E_Y$ be random variables. By definition, we have that $P(Y = y \mid X = x)$ is defined as follows: $$ P(Y = y \mid X = x) = \frac{P(X = x ...
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Intuition on Martin-Löf-Test for finite strings

The followng example is from An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and Its Applications, Example 2.4.1. and is concerned with Martin-Löf-Tests for finite strings: A string $x_1 x_2 \ldots x_n$ ...
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What exactly is $\cap$-stable here?

From my lecture notes: Theorem: Let $(\Omega, \mathcal A, P)$ be a probability space, $A \in \mathcal A, \mathcal M := \{ M_1, \ldots, M_n \} \subset \mathcal A$. The following statements are ...
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Prove the series converges a.s in Probability

I have an article as follows Why are they enough to prove that $ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \dfrac{X_n \textbf{1}_{\{|b_n|< |X_n|\}}}{b_n} $ converges almost surely? I want to know why must prove $ ...
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sign of the conditional expectation

I'm working on the following problem: Let $X$ be a random variable defined on $(\Omega,F,P)$ and $G$ a $\sigma$-algebra contained in $F$. Show that, if $E(|X|)<\infty$ and $E(X\mid G)$ has the ...
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Kolmogorov's sufficient and necessary conditon for SLLN - What about pairwise uncorrelated RV?

Kolmogorov proved, that, as one considers independent (not necessary equally distributed) Random Variables: $\{X_n\}_{n\ge0}\subseteq \mathcal L^2$ With $\mathrm{Var} (X_n)=\sigma^2_n$ and without ...
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What is the meaning of the cumulant generating function itself?

If we define the characteristic function for a random variable X as $\Phi(t)=<e^{itX}>$ then it seems like we can think of it as essentially a spectral decomposition that measures the ...
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Can Monotone Class Theorem be easier to check than $\pi$-$\lambda$ Theorem?

I've been working on problem 14.4 in Billingsley's "Probability and Measure", which says: "Let $C$ be the set of continuity points of $F$. Show that for every Borel set $A$, $P(F(X) \in A, X \in ...
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Intuition for probability density function as a Radon-Nikodym derivative

If someone asked me what it meant for $X$ to be standard normally distributed, I would tell them it means $X$ has probability density function $f(x) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\mathrm e^{-x^2/2}$ for all ...
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Conditional expectation with Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality

Consider real-valued random variables $X$, $Y$, and $Z$; and a scalar, positive constant $k$. I want to prove the following \begin{equation} E[1|X+Y<Z<X+Y+k]E[X^2|X+Y<Z<X+Y+k]\ge ...
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How to prove that this process is always positive?

I would like to ask is there any way to prove that following process $$ \mathrm dY_t=\left(a+\frac{b}{Y_t}\right)\mathrm dt +\mathrm dW_t, \ \ Y_0=y_0>0, $$ where $a\neq 0$ and $b\geq 1/2$, is ...
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$\mathrm E [X \mid X=x] = x$?

I've gotten so caught up in measure-theoretic probability that I'm actually having trouble showing this simple result. Let $X$ be an integrable random variable. Then $$ \mathrm E[X \mid X=x] = ...
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$\mathrm E [f(X,Y) \mid Y=y] = \mathrm E [f(X,y)]$?

Let $X,Y$ be independent integrable random variables and let $f :\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ be integrable. It makes intuitive sense that $$ \mathrm E [f(X,Y) \mid Y=y] = \mathrm E [f(X,y)], $$ but ...
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Does conditioning reduces conditional variance i.e. $Var(W|Y) \le Var(W|Y,Z)$ [on hold]

Let $W,Y,Z$ be are be some random variables. My question is does conditioning reduce variance on in other words is the following inequality true? \begin{align*} Var(W|Y) \le Var(W|Y,Z) \end{align*} ...
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Why is $f(X_t)-\int_0^t Af(X_s) \, ds$ a martingale for a Markov process $(X_t)_{t \geq 0}$?

I think if $A$ is the usual generator for the Markov process $(X_t)_t$ $$A f (x) = \lim_{t \downarrow 0} \frac{\mathbf{E}^{x} [f(X_{t})] - f(x)}{t}$$ then we get that for any "nice" $f$ the process ...
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differentiating $\phi(u,t)=e^{(iu^T\hat{x_t}-\frac{1}{2}u^TP_tu)} w.r.t$ t?

Here $\phi(u,t)=E\{e^{iut}\} $ is a characteristic function, $x_t$ is Gaussian. Differentiating $\phi(u,t)=e^{(iu^T\hat{x_t}-\frac{1}{2}u^TP_tu)}$ w.r.t t the result is $\phi_u=\phi[i\hat{x}_t-P_tu]$
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Finding distribution from PGF not in closed from.

$X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_N$ are independent and identically distributed random variables. We have $X = e^{-Y}$, where $Y\sim\mathrm{Poisson}(\lambda_u)$, and $$Z =X_1+X_2+\cdots+X_N ,$$ where $N \sim ...
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Understanding the Markov property of Brownian motion

I'm trying to understand the Markov property for Brownian motions in full generality. The textbook I'm following states it like this: Recall that we have a family of measures $P_x, x \in ...
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Expected value of a mean when previous values determine stopping point

I recently came across this brain teaser: There's an island and every family on the island wants to have a boy. So each family continues having kids until they have a boy, then they stop ...
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expected value of expected value

I want to quantify the error of phase noise in terms of its normalized mean squared error. I define the error measure as (x is the error free function, y the distorted): $$ \rm NMSE = \frac{\int ...
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How to bound $E \left[\left(E[Z^2\mid Y] \right)^2\right]- 2E \left[ |E[Z\mid Y]| \sqrt{E[Z^2\mid Y]} \right]$

I am looking for an upper bound on the following quantity \begin{align*} A=E \left[\left(E[Z^2\mid Y] \right)^2\right]- 2E \left[ |E[Z\mid Y]| \sqrt{E[Z^2\mid Y]} \right] \end{align*} where $Z$ is ...
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Prove that limsup and liminf of an independent sequence are independent of finite number of terms

Let $X_1, X_2, ...$ be an independent sequence of random variables on $(\Omega, \mathscr{F}, \mathbb{P})$. What I'm trying to prove is: Prove that $X_1, X_2, ..., X_k$ is independent of $\liminf ...
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Defining the set of pre-images of a product of random variables in terms of the sets of pre-image of the original random variables

Say I have two random variables $X$ and $Y$. Their respective $\sigma$-algebras are $$\sigma(X) = \{ X^{-1}(B) \mid B \in \mathscr{B} \}$$ and $$\sigma(Y) = \{ Y^{-1}(B) \mid B \in \mathscr{B} \}.$$ ...
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Are random variables independent of their tail sigma-algebra?

Let $X_1, X_2, ...$ be independent random variables. Define $$\mathscr{T}_n = \sigma(X_{n+1}, X_{n+2}, \ldots)$$ and $$\mathscr{T} = \bigcap_{n} \mathscr{T}_n,$$ the tail σ-algebra of $(X_1, X_2, ...
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Indicator Functions with Random Variables

Let $E$ be an event and $Y$ a random variable. What exactly is meant by $\mathrm E[\mathbf 1_E \mathbf 1_{Y\in B}]$? I have two guesses, the first is that $\mathbf 1_{Y\in B}$ is an indicator random ...
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Independence, conditioning, and correlation part 2 [on hold]

Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are independent random variables. I now want to consider conditioning on some event $C$. Under what conditions will $X\mid C$ and $Y\mid C$ be correlated?
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Ito's formula and Infinitesmal generator

Consider an Ito process $$ dX_t = \sigma_t dB_t $$ where $\sigma_t$ is a two-state continuous-time Markov chain with state space $\{ \sigma_1, \sigma_2 \}$ that switches state with Poisson ...
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A weird problem on expected value of a random variable [on hold]

Let $X$ be a discrete random variable taking values $x_1, x_2$, ... with probabilities $p_1, p_2$, ... respectively. Then the expected value of this random variable is $E(X)=\sum_{i=1}^{\infty }x_i ...
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How to derive formula for marginal probability of choosing nest in nested logit model?

I am trying to understand all the details of the nested logit and what confuses me is the formula for marginal probability of choosing the nest. In more details: the joint probability of individual n ...
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Equivalence of Conditional Expectations w.r.t. Discrete Random Variable

Let $X$ and $Y$ be integrable random variables such that $P(Y=y) > 0$ for all $y \in Y(\Omega)$. Then the conditional expectation of $X$ given $Y=y$ is defined as $$ \mathrm E[X \mid Y=y] : = ...
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Conditional Distribution absolutely continuous w.r.t Lebesgue measure?

Let $X,Y$ be integrable random variables. Then the condition expectation of $Y$ given $X = x$ is defined as $$ \mathrm E[Y \mid X=x] := \int_\Omega Y(\omega) \, P^X(\mathrm dw \mid x), $$ where ...
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Probability, drawing cards from 5 packs.

Firstly apologies for the vague post title. Apart from probability I don't really know what sub category this question falls within. If I have a pack of cards and I draw one card from it the chance ...