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When random walk is upper unbounded

Consider a random walk $S_n = a_1+\dots+a_n$ where $a_n$ are iid random variables with $Ea_1 = a$ and $E|a_1|<\infty$. I am interested in the case when $\sup\limits_n S_n>M$ for all $M$ a.s. ...
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Convergence in probability and almost surely

Let $X_n$ be a sequence of independent random variable which converges in probability to $X$. Prove $X$ is a constant. Can someone give me a hint how I should go about proving this? I tried proving ...
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Rain droplets falling on a table

Suppose you have a circular table of radius $R$. This table has been left outside, and it begins to rain at a constant rate of one droplet per second. The drops, which can be considered points as they ...
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What is meant by a continuous-time white noise process?

What is meant by a continuous-time white noise process? In a discussion following a question a few months ago, I stated that as an engineer, I am used to thinking of a continuous-time ...
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How should I understand the $\sigma$-algebra in Kolmogorov's zero-one law?

I'm learning Kolmogorov's zero-one law in probability theory: Let $(Ω,{\mathcal F},P)$ be a probability space and let $F_n$ be a sequence of mutually independent $\sigma$-algebras contained in ...
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Intuitive explanation of variance and moment in Probability

While I understand the intuition behind expectation, I don't really understand the meaning of variance and moment. What is a good way to think of those two terms?
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How far can probability intransitivity be stretched?

Once upon a time I read about nontransitive dice - sets of dice where "is more likely to roll a higher number than" is not a transitive relation. After the surprise wore off, I wondered - just how far ...
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Limit of a Wiener integral

How to show that $$ \lim _{\alpha \rightarrow \infty } \sup_{t \in \left [0,T \right]} \left | e^{-\alpha t} \int _ 0 ^t e^{\alpha s} ~ dB_s \right | =0, \ \ \text{a.e.} $$ where $\left (B_s ...
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Probability of having zero determinant

Given a matrix $A_{n \times n}$, which has elements $a_{i,j} \sim \mathrm{unif} \left[a,b\right]$, what is the probablity of $\det(A)$ being zero? What if $a_{i,j}$ have any other distribution? ...
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Gamma Distribution out of sum of exponential random variables

I have a sequence $T_1,T_2,\ldots$ of independent exponential random variables with paramter $\lambda$. I take the sum $S=\sum_{i=1}^n T_i$ and now I would like to calculate the probability density ...
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For symmetric stable distributions, why is $\alpha \le 2$?

I'm preparing a lecture on stable distributions, and I'm trying to find a simple explanation of the following fact. Suppose we are trying to come up with stable distributions. From the definition, ...
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Finitely Additive not Countably Additive on $\Bbb N$

Does there exist a function defined on the power set of the natural numbers to the interval from $0$ to $1$, $p:2^{\Bbb N}\rightarrow [0,1]$, such that $p$ is finitely additive, i.e. ...
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Conditional expectation equals random variable almost sure

Let $X$ be in $\mathfrak{L}^1(\Omega,\mathfrak{F},P)$ and $\mathfrak{G}\subset \mathfrak{F}$. Prove that if $X$ and $E(X|\mathfrak{G})$ have same distribution, then they are equal almost surely. I ...
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Meaning of non-existence of expectation?

When reading another post, I was wondering about the definition of existence of expectation of a random variable. From Kai Lai Chung, We say a random variable $X$ has a finite or infinite ...
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Another question on almost sure and convergence in probability

Convergence in probability implies convergence on a subsequence almost surely. But this means we fix a subsequence, such that $X_{n_k}$ converges for almost every $\omega$, right? The subsequence we ...
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Prokhorov metric vs. total variation norm

Let $(S,d)$ be a metric space and let $\mathcal P(S)$ denote the space of Borel probability measures on $S$ endowed with the Prokhorov metric $\pi:\mathcal P(S)\times \mathcal P(S)\to \mathbb R_+$ ...
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Problems on expected value

I'm self studying probability theory and I'm stuck in the following problems 1) Prove the following for a random variable $X$ with cdf $F$ $$E(x)=\int_0^\infty (1-F(x)) dx - \int_\infty^0 F(x) dx$$ ...
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Convergence in law and uniformly integrability

I'm looking for an elementary way of showing the following. If $(X_n)$ and $X$ are random variables such that $X_n \to X$ in distribution and such that $\{X_n\mid n\geq 1\}$ are uniformly integrable, ...
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Combinations of characteristic functions: $\alpha\phi_1+(1-\alpha)\phi_2$

Suppose we are given two characteristic functions: $\phi_1,\phi_2$ and I want to take a weighted average of them as below: $\alpha\phi_1+(1-\alpha)\phi_2$ for any $\alpha\in [0,1]$ Can it be proven ...
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Understanding the relationship of the $L^1$ norm to the total variation distance of probability measures, and the variance bound on it

I am trying to find a bound for variance of an arbitrary distribution $f_Y$ given a bound of a Kullback-Leiber divergence from a zero-mean Gaussian to $f_Y$, as I've explained in this related ...
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Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ are independent $N(0, \sigma^2)$ random variables. What is the distribution of $X_1^2 + X_2^2$?

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ are independent $N(0, \sigma^2)$ which means (mean = 0, variance = $\sigma^2$) random variables. What is the distribution of $X_1^2 + X_2^2$? My approach is that $X_1\sim N(0, ...
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Likelihood Function for the Uniform Density.

Let the random variable $X$ have a uniform density given by $$ f(x;\theta)=I_{[\theta-\frac{1}{2},\theta+\frac{1}{2}]} $$ where $-\infty\leq\theta\leq\infty $ the likelihood function for a sample of ...
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How variance is defined?

The variance of a random variable $X$ is defined as $E[(x-\mu )^2]$. Why can't it be defined as $E[|x-\mu |]$. i.e., What is the basic idea behind this definition. Thank you.
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Can you make money on coin tosses when the odds is against you?

The strategy Given an initial investment $n$ dollars and a "bet buffer" $b$. Calculate the bet size $x=\lfloor\frac{n}{2^b-1}\rfloor$ dollars. Wager $x$ dollars on random variable $C$ that $C=1$ ...
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Finding probability P(X<Y)

How can I find this probability $P(X<Y)$ ? knowing that X and Y are independent random variables.
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Weak convergences of measurable functions and of measures

My question is "how weak convergences of measurable functions is defined?" There seems to be two different definitions which are both based on weak convergence of measures generated by the measurable ...
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Feller continuity of the stochastic kernel

Given a metric space $X$ with a Borel sigma-algebra, the stochastic kernel $K(x,B)$ is such that $x\mapsto K(x,B)$ is a measurable function and a $B\mapsto K(x,B)$ is a probability measure on $X$ for ...
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Prove that the maximum of $n$ independent standard normal random variables, is assyptotically equivalent to $\sqrt(2\log n)$ almost surely.

Lets $(X_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ be an iid sequence of standard normal random variables. Define $$M_n=\max_{1\leq i\leq n} X_i.$$ Prove that $$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} \frac{M_n}{\sqrt{2\log ...
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How expected value is related to density function?

Let $X$ be a random variable on $(\Omega, \Sigma, P)$. The expected value of $X$ is defined as $$EX = \int X \,dP.$$ But when we calculate $EX$, we often use $$ EX = \int_{-\infty}^\infty xf(x) dx ...
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conditional expectation of brownian motion

Let $(B_t)_{t\geq 0}$ be a standard Brownian motion in $\mathbb{R}^d$. It is intuitive that, for fixed $s<t<u$ $$\mathbb{E}[B_t\mid \sigma(B_s,B_u)]=B_s+\frac{t-s}{u-s}(B_u-B_s).$$ However, I ...
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Expected value of the minimum (discrete case)

Maybe related to this question In the comments of this question they say that it gets easier if the variables are identically and independently distributed. But i don't see how because in my case the ...
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Is continuous L2 bounded local martingale a true martingale?

I can prove it briefly, but I found a "counter" example. (There must be a mistake in the following words...) I can prove: X is a continuous local martingale, with $X_0=0$ a.s, then X is $L_2$ bounded ...
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Probability distribution functions for the perimeter and space of triangle with fixed radius

Given a circle with radius R = 1, I'm trying to find either the probability distribution function or the density function for the space of triangle, which is randomly selected on this circle. The same ...
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Why isn't there a uniform probability distribution over the positive real numbers?

Apparently, the solution to the Card Doubling Paradox is that a uniform probability distribution over the positive real numbers doesn't exist. Can anyone explain why this is the case and what ...
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polynomial approximation on compacts

Let's say $f:\mathbb{R}^d\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is of class $C^k$ with $k \geq 0$. How do I know that I can find a sequence of polynomials such that all its derivatives up to order $k$ converge ...
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Is first order moving average a Markov process?

Given first order moving average $$ x(n) = e(n) + ce(n-1) $$ where $e(n)$ is a sequence of Gaussian random variables with zero mean and unit variance which are independent of each other, and $c$ is ...
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What is the best book to learn probability?

Question is quite straight... I'm not very good in this subject but need to understand at a good level.
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Probability density function vs. probability mass function

I've an confession to make. I've been using pdf's and pmf's without actually knowing what they are. The idea that I've been having so long is that density = area under the curve but if I look at it ...
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Chance of meeting in a bar

Two people have to spend exactly 15 consecutive minutes in a bar on a given day, between 12:00 and 13:00. Assuming uniform arrival times, what is the probability they will meet? I am mainly ...
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Interpretation of sigma algebra

My question is how to interpret sigma algebra, especially in the context of probability theory (stochastic processes included). I would like to know if there is some clear and general way to interpret ...
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Martingale and bounded stopping time

A theorem of submartingale and bounded stopping time says: Theorem 5.4.1. If $X_n$ is a submartingale and $N$ is a stopping time with $\mathbb P (N \le k) = 1$ then $\mathbb EX_0 ≤ \mathbb EX_N ≤ ...
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Weak topologies and weak convergence - Looking for feedbacks

I am currently trying to get exactly what the weak and the weak* topologies are, in particular in connection to the concept of weak convergence in measure, however I am not completely sure on what I ...
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Applications of Probability Theory in pure mathematics

My (maybe wrong) impression is that while probability is widely used in science (for example, in statistical mechanics), it is rarely seen in pure mathematics. Which leads me to the question - Are ...
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Meaning of “kernel”

In analysis, there are at least three kinds of "kernel" concepts: In probability theory, there is a concept called transition probability, also called probability kernel, from one measure space $X$ ...
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Are polynomials dense in Gaussian Sobolev space?

Let $\mu$ be standard Gaussian measure on $\mathbb{R}^n$, i.e. $d\mu = (2\pi)^{-n/2} e^{-|x|^2/2} dx$, and define the Gaussian Sobolev space $H^1(\mu)$ to be the completion of ...
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What does the -log[P(X)] mean in the calculation of entropy?

The entropy (self information) of a discrete random variable X is calculated as: $$ H(x)=E(-log[P(X)]) $$ What does the -log[P(X)] mean? It seems to be something like ""the self information of each ...
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What is probability? [closed]

I tried to understand the most fundamental foundation of the mathematical definition of probability in the most natural/human way. (At first, I thought I may have found a proper understanding like ...
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Is expectation Riemann-/Lebesgue–Stieltjes integral?

In probability theory, when having $ E(f(X))=\int_{-\infty}^\infty f(x)\, dg(x) $, an expectation of a measurable function $f$ of a random variable $X$ with respect to its cumulative distribution ...
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Calculating stationary distribution of markov chain

I am asked to compute the stationary distribution of the markov chain with state space $E=\{0\dots,n\}$ and transition matrix below: \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ \frac{1}{n} ...
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Why $\sigma$-algebras represent information, and what information does $\sigma(X)$ represent?

I am confused about the notion of $\sigma$-algebras representing information and what information is contained in $\sigma(X)$ for a random variable $X$. Suppose $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, \mathbb{P})$ is ...