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Why does the median minimize $E(|X-c|)$?

Suppose $X$ is a real-valued random variable. Let $P$ be the probability measure of $X$. Then $$ E(|X-c|) = \int_\mathbb{R} |x-c| dP(x). $$ Its median is defined as a number $m \in \mathbb{R}$ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is this coin-flipping probability problem unsolved?

You play a game flipping a fair coin. You may stop after any trial, at which point you are paid in dollars the percentage of heads flipped. So if on the first trial you flip a head, you should stop ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Conditional expectation on more than one sigma-algebra

I'm facing the following issue. Let $X$ be an integrable random variable on the probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbb{P})$ and $\mathcal{G},\mathcal{H} \subseteq \mathcal{F}$ be two ...
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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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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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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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Question on the 'Hat check' problem

The famous 'Hat Check Problem' goes like this, 'n' men enter the restaurant and put their hats at the reception. Each man gets a random hat back when going back after having dinner. The goal is to ...
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Right continuous version of a martingale

This is an exercise in chapter 2 of the book "Continuous Martingales and Brownian Motion" by Revuz and Yor: Consider the probability space $([0,1], \mathcal{B}([0,1]), dx)$, where $dx$ denotes ...
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What tools are used to show a type of convergence is or is not topologizable?

There are many types of convergence. For example, in measure theory and probability theory, there are many types of convergence of measurable mappings (random variables). in measure theory and ...
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Conditional expectation and martingales

I have a few questions concerning martingales. Let $Y\in \mathcal{L}^1(\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbb{P})$ be given, and $(\mathcal{F}_n)$ a filtration, and define $X_n:=\mathbb{E}[Y|\mathcal{F}_n]$. We ...
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Completeness of a finite direct sum of closed subspaces of $L^2$

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be real-valued square-integrable random variables defined on a probability space $(\Omega, {\cal F},P)$. For $i=1,2$, set $$ A_i := \{g(X_i)\in L^2 \mid g \text{ is some Borel ...
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Under what circumstance will a covariance matrix be positive semi-definite rather than positive definite?

I have a covariance matrix: $\operatorname{cov}(\mathbf{X}, \mathbf{X}) = \operatorname{E}[(\mathbf{X} - \operatorname{E}[\mathbf{X}])(\mathbf{X} - \operatorname{E}[\mathbf{X}])^T]$ According to ...
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Uniqueness of the random variable from its distribution [closed]

Moderator's Note: This question has been put on hold due to the version over at MathOverflow having received better attention and produced an accepted answer. Interested readers are advised to ...
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Poisson Distribution of sum of two random independent variables $X$, $Y$

$X \sim \mathcal{P}( \lambda) $ and $Y \sim \mathcal{P}( \mu)$ meaning that $X$ and $Y$ are Poisson distributions. What is the probability distribution law of $X + Y$. I know it is $X+Y \sim ...
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Proof of the infinitude of primes by probabilistic methods.

I'm looking if there is proof of the infinitude of prime numbers using probabilistic method. I am motivated by the answer of my question here. The answer is based on a relationship between ...
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Expected Number of Convex Layers and the expected size of a layer for different distributions

It is well-known that the expected number of vertices on the convex hull of random set of points in the plane distributed uniformly within a $k$-gon is $O(k\log n)$ and within a smooth shape (e.g. a ...
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Showing $\cos(t^2)$ is not a Characteristic Function

Usually when we try to show a function is not a characteristic function, we would prove it is not uniformly continuous. I am wondering if there is any other way to show $\cos(t^2)$ is not a ...
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Do the Kolmogorov's axioms permit speaking of frequencies of occurence in any meaningful sense?

It is frequently stated (in textbooks, on Wikipedia) that the "Law of large numbers" in mathematical probability theory is a statement about relative frequencies of occurrence of an event in a finite ...
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Joint distribution by independent distributions

We have $N$ independent discrete finite random variables (RVs) $X_1,\dots,X_i,\dots,X_N$ where RV $X_i$ has $M_i$ finite number of elements. We are free to choose any distribution $f_i$ for RV $X_i$ ...
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Let $X,Y\sim \mathcal{N}(0,1)$. Let $Z=\max(X,Y)$. Find $EZ$.

Let $X,Y$ independent random variables with $X,Y\sim \mathcal{N}(0,1)$. Let $Z=\max(X,Y)$. I already showed that $F_Z$ of $Z$ suffices $F_Z(z)=F(z)^2$. Now I need to find $EZ$. Should I start like ...
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Is the set of all probability measures weak*-closed?

Let $(\Omega,\Sigma)$ be a measurable space. Denote by $ba(\Sigma)$ the set of all bounded and finitely additive measures on $(\Omega,\Sigma)$ (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ba_space for a ...
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Conditions under which the Limit for “Measure $\to 0$” is $0$

Let $\mu$ be a probability measure on $X$, so that $\int_X \mu(dx) = 1$. Say under which conditions on the function $f: X \rightarrow \mathbb{R}_{> 0} \ $ (that is measurable and integrable) we ...
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Expectation of $TS_T$ where $T$ is the absorption time at $\{a,-a\}$ of a simple symmetric random walk $\{S_n\}$

I was trying to calculate the expectation of $T^2$ using some martingale and got that I needed the expectation of $TS_T$. Any idea?
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Discontinuity points of a Distribution function [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Distribution Functions of Measures and Countable Sets The question at hand is: Let F be a distribution function on $\mathbb{R}$. Prove that F has at most countably many ...
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Transform uniform distribution to normal distribution using Lindeberg–Lévy CLT

Currently i am developing a game which is based on many computations of random values and therefore i have implemented many algorithms like the Mersenne-Twister etc. Unfortunately, all generators ...
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application of strong vs weak law of large numbers

By definition, the weak law states that for a specified large $n$, the average is likely to be near $\mu$. Thus, it leaves open the possibility that $|\bar{X_n}-\mu| \gt \eta$ happens an infinite ...
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Conditional mean on uncorrelated stochastic variable

I know that $E[X|Y]=E[X]$ if $X$ is independent of $Y$. I recently was made aware that it is true if only $\text{Cov}(X,Y)=0$. Would someone kindly either give a hint if it's easy, show me a reference ...
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Cox derivation of the laws of probability

I have read Jaynes' Probability Theory: The Logic of Science a while ago, but mostly skimmed over parts of his derivations that I didn't immediately understand. Now I'm trying to really understand it, ...
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First hitting time for a brownian motion with a exponential boundary

Let $B_t$ be the standard Brownian Motion. Is the distribution/density of the first hitting time of $B_t$ for an exponential decaying boundary known? Trying to be more formal, if ...
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Explanation of Lyapunov condition of CLT

I found the Lyapunov condition for applying the central limit theorem, which is useful in settings where one has to deal with non-identically distributed random variables: Lyapunov CLT. Let $s_n^2 = ...