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If $\sum\limits_n \sqrt{\mathrm{Var}(X_n)}$ converges, then $\sum\limits_n (X_n - E[X_n])$ converges in $L^2$

I have seen in a paper to claim the following: If $\sum\limits_n \sqrt{\mathrm{Var}(X_n)} < \infty$, then $\sum\limits_n (X_n - E[X_n])$ converges in $L^2$, for any sequence of random ...
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Indicator function and liminf and limsup

Can anyone please explain why the following is true? And what is the intuition behind it? $$\chi_A(x) = \begin{cases}1 &, x \in A\\ 0 &, x \notin A.\end{cases}$$ Then we have ...
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Determining an upper bound

I have a function $$f(\lambda)=n\ln(1-p+pe^{\frac{\lambda}{n}})-\lambda p$$ I need to prove that $$f(\lambda)\leq \frac{\lambda^2}{8n}$$ using Taylor expansion. I have used the taylor expansion for ...
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Convergence of stochastic processes via convergence of infinitesimal generators

Given a sequence of sequence processes $(X_N(\cdot))_{N \geq 0}$, I want to show this sequence converges to another process $X(\cdot)$ by considering that the sequence of generators $(A_N)_{N \geq 0}$ ...
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A counterexample for supremum of stopping times

Let $\mathbb{F} = \{ \mathcal{F}_t \}_{t \geq 0}$ be a continuous time filteration. $\tau : \Omega \to [0, \infty]$ is called an $\mathbb{F}$-stopping time if $\{ \tau \leq t \} \in \mathcal{F}_t$ for ...
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Expectation of Conditional expectation over incorrect distribution

We want to compute the following quantity \begin{align} \int E[V|W=u] f_U(u) du \end{align} For random variables $ V,W,U$ where $V$ and $U$ are independent and $U$ is absolutely continuous r.v. Is ...
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Product of i.i.d. random variables uniformly distributed on $(-1,1)$ converges almost surely to $0$

Let $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},P)$ be a probability space and $(X_n)$ i.i.d. random variables with uniform distribution on $(-1,1)$. If $Y_n=X_1\ldots X_n$, prove that $(Y_n)$ converges to $0$ a.s.
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Lebesgue integral of vector-valued function?

In Bernt Øksendals stochastic differential equations he says that if we have a random variable $X:\Omega\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^d$. He defines the expectation: $E[X]=\int_\Omega ...
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Congruent measurable sets

I have a question regarding Congruent relations: In Euclidean geometry, two subsets of $\mathbb{R}^{d}$ are said to be congruent if one set can be mapped onto the other by translations and rotations. ...
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If the sample space is an Euclidean Space, we can use a different type of PDF

The title resume all the point I'll try to make now. Reading this post, I realize that is possible to have another type of PDF (probability density function). Usually, we have a probability space ...
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Martingale Transform counterexample

I am studying discrete time martingale theory and came across the classical "You can't beat the system" theorem: given a martingale $M$ and a previsible process $C=(C_n)_{ n \ge 1}$ such that $C_n$ is ...
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Modelling the ballot theorem as a martingale.

The page 19 in the link http://www.imada.sdu.dk/~jbj/DM839/FL15.pdf provides the explanation of what a ballot theorem is and how we can prove that it is a martingale. It takes a random variable $S_k$ ...
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Weak law of large numbers works although first moment

I want to prove that the weak-law of large numbers hold if $X_{k}$ has the distribution: $$\mathbb{P}\left(X_k\leq x\right) = \int_{-\infty}^x c\left(1+t^2\right)^{-1}\left(\log(1+t^2)\right)^{-1}dt ...
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examples of random variables that the result of their preimage is not in F?

let's assume we have a probability space $(\Omega , F , P)$. and we have a random variable $X$ defined as : $X : \Omega \rightarrow \Bbb{R}$ and we also use a Borel set ($\mathcal{B}$).(making the ...
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How do I transform this Probability in weak law of large number form?

Let $X_{1},\dots$ be a sequence of independent random variables. Suppose, for $k=1,2,\dots$ $$P\left(X_{2k-1}=1\right)=P\left(X_{2k-1}=-1\right)=\frac{1}{2}$$ and the probability density function of ...
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What probability mass, density or distribution function might corresponds to this moment generating function? [duplicate]

I have somehow come up with a random variable $X$ with moment generating function (assuming it exists) $$M_{X}(t) = -t (1 - e^t)$$ What is the probability mass, density or distribution function? It ...
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Weak convergence of measures and compact sets

Suppose that we have a sequence of probability measures $\{ \mathbb{P}_n \}$ converging weakly to a probability measure $\mathbb{P}$. Suppose that $M$ is a metric space with a compact subset $K$. I ...
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How to show a sequence of independent random variables do not almost surely converge by definition?

I have a sequence of independent random variables $X_1, X_2, \ldots$ where $$ X_n = \begin{cases} 1 & \quad \text{with probability} \ 1/n \\ 0 & \quad \text{with ...
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How to show convergence in probability by just using the definition?

I have a series of random variables $X_1, X_2, \ldots$ where $$ f(X_n) = \begin{cases} 1/n & \quad \text{if} \ X_n = 1 \\ 1-1/n & \quad \text{if} \ X_n = 0 \\ 0 & ...
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What is the intuitive difference between almost sure convergence and convergence in probability? [duplicate]

It is a standard fact in probability that almost sure convergence is stronger than convergence in probability. I can only see the differences in the proof. However, is there a way to view it ...
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Moment generating function and convergent random variables

denote by $X$ and $X_n$, $n\in \mathbb{N}$, random variables and $r\in\mathbb{R}_+$ with $E=\mathbb{E}\left[ e^{rX} \right] < \infty$ and $E_n=\mathbb{E}\left[ e^{rX_n} \right] < \infty$ for all ...
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Dealing with Recurrence Relations of Random Variables

Let $(Y_n)_{n\in \mathbb N} $ be some sequence of independent random variables, and $(X_n)_{n\in \mathbb N} $ another sequence, defined recursively as follows: $$X_{n+1} = \alpha X_n + \beta Y_n ...
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Probability to get from A to C.

There has been a snowstorm and Bob is trying to drive from A to C. p and q are the probabilities that the two roads are passable. What is the probability that Bob can get from A to C? Note that ...
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Stopping time and the Martingale stopping theorem.

According to the book that I am reading, A nonnegative, integer valued random variable T is a stopping time for the sequence {$Z_{n},n\geqslant0$} if the event T = n depends only on the value of ...
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References for information theoretic statistical tools

Strange statistical concepts like spaces of probability distributions, "metrics" like Fisher information or relative entropy, and convergence with respect to these quantities are necessitated in my ...
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Mutual information $I((X,Y,Z);A)$ larger for small pairwise mutual informations $I(X;Y), I(X;Z), I(Y;Z)$?

Is the mutual information $I((X,Y,Z);A)$ larger for small pairwise mutual informations $I(X;Y), I(X;Z), I(Y;Z)$? In particular, in the extreme case that the pairwise mutual informations are ...
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Does the quadratic covariation process define a measure?

In the context of stochastic integration (when we define the space $L^2(M)$), we define the (possibly infinite) measure $$P_M = P \otimes [M]$$ by $$E_M[Y] = E\left[\int_0^\infty Y_s(\omega) ...
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Calculate the discrete density of the variables of a Markov chain

$X$ and $Y$ are independent random variables of Bernoulli with parameter $\frac{2}{3}$. $Z=X+Y$ $\{X_n\}_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ with values in {0,1,2} having $Z$ such as initial law and the transition ...
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Weak convergence of probability measures and uniform convergence of functions

I am stuck on Problem 4.12 of Karatzas and Shreve's book Stochastic Calculus and Brownian Motion: Suppose that $\{ \mathbb{P}_n \}$ is a sequence of probability measures on $(C[0, \infty), ...
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Find the joint probability density function of Max and Min

This is the problem 1.2.13 of Karlin's book An introduction to stochastic modeling: Let X and Y be independent random variables each with the uniform probability density function ...
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(joint) Functional CLT for partial sums and counting process

Assume you are given a sequence of random variables $(X_i)_{i\geq1}$. Assume moreover that they are sufficiently smooth, say $\mathbb E[X^2]<+\infty$. Define the diffusion-scaled partial sum as ...
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Question on a proof involving tightness and almost sure convergence of a sequence

I'm having a hard time understanding the proof of Lemma 17 in this article. Essentially, the assertion of the lemma boils down to replacing a constant in a sequence of random variables that satisfies ...
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Range of a standard brownian motion, using reflection principle

With a standard brownian motion $B_t$, I'm trying to find the distribution of the "range": $$R_{t} = \sup_{0 \leq s \leq t} B_s - \inf_{0 \leq s \leq t} B_s = \overline{M_t}-\underline{M_t}$$ The ...
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Joint convergence of stochastic processes

Suppose I have processes $X_n(t)\overset{d}{\longrightarrow} X(t)$, and $Y_n(t)\overset{p}{\longrightarrow} ct$ for some constant $c$. Then, can I conclude like in Slutsky's theorem that ...
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What is the probability of unions of intersections?

Suppose we have two unions of (possibly overlapping) events. Let me denote the unions as: $$A = IE_A^1 \cup \dots \cup IE_A^{k_A}$$ $$B = IE_B^1 \cup \dots \cup IE_B^{k_B}$$ Each $IE_X^y$ is a ...
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Reflection principle for simple random walk

Let $(X_n)$ be a sequence of independent random variables, such that $P(X_i=1) = P(X_i=-1) = 1/2$. Then, the reflection principle states that for all $a > 0$, $$P(\max_{1\leq k\leq n} S_k \geq a) ...
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What is the distribution of $\min\limits_{1\le i\le N}\frac{X_i}{Y_i + C}$ as $N \rightarrow \infty$?

Let $Z_i = \frac{X_i}{Y_i + C}$ with $i = 1, 2, \dotsc, N$ denote the sequence of the random variables, where $X_i$ and $Y_i$ are exponentially distributed independent random variables with different ...
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Conditional expectation of another expectation expression.

What is the intuition and the proof behind the given below expression where $U,V,W$ are random variables: $E[V | W]$ = $E[E[V | U,W] | W]$ I know that $E[V | W]$ can be treated as a random variable ...
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proof for the probability$P(A^{c}\cup C)$.

Let $A,B,C$ be pair-wise independent (like A and B are independent) such that$P(A^{c}\cap B)=0.1$ and $P(B\cap C)=0.2$ Show that $P(A^{c}\cup C)\ge \frac{7}{8}$. $P(A^{c}\cup C)=1-P(C^{c}\cap ...
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independence of chi square distributions

We already knew that if two independent chi-squared random variables, then their sum is also chi-squared with the degree of freedoms is the sum of theirs. How about the converse? If $X\sim\chi^2(n)$ ...
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Distribution of a function of a random variable

Suppose we have continuous random variable $X$ with distribution $f_X$. That is $$ P\left(a \le X \le b \right) = \int_{a}^{b} f_X(x) \ dx $$ Now suppose I have a function $\phi: \Bbb{R} ...
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Finding out the constant term in cumulative distribution function.

Let$$F(x)=\begin{cases} 0,\ if\ x<0\\ \frac{x^2}{10},\ if\ 0\le x<1\\\frac{x+2}{8},\ if\ 1\le x<2\\ \frac{c(6x-x^{2}-1)}{2},\ if\ 2\le x\le3\\ 1,\ if\ x>3 \end{cases}$$ Find the value of ...
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sigma algebra of a stopping time

Let $N$ be a stopping time. i.e $\{N=n\} \in \mathbb{f}_n \forall n$. $\mathbb{f}_n$ is the filtration. $\mathbb{f}_N=\{A\in \mathbb{f}, A\cap \{N=n\}\in \mathbb{f}_n \forall n\}$ is the sigma ...
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Finding bivariate probability mass function (by counting?)

Suppose that we role $d$ dice. Let $X, Y$ be random variables, where $X = \#$ rolled by the die with the highest value. $Y = \#$ rolled by the die with the second highest value. By convention, we ...
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Prove: If $A \subset B$ then $P(A) \le P(B)$ and $P(B-A) = P(B)-P(A)$

I'm trying to prove the following theorem using the axioms quoted below. Theorem: If $A \subset B$ then $P(A) \le P(B)$ and $P(B-A) = P(B)-P(A)$ Axiom 1: For every event $A$ in the class ...
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Convergence of sum dependent random variables in $L^2$ with mean zero

Suppose that $X_1, \ldots$ were a sequence of random variables with $E(X_i)=0$ and $E(X_i^2)= \sigma_i^2$ and that $S_n := X_1 + \cdots + X_n$ converged in $L^2$. Does this imply $\sum \sigma_i^2 < ...
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A functional of a Lévy process

Does anyone know if there are any papers/results on functionals of the type : $$\int_0^tp(X_s)ds$$ where $X$ is a Lévy process and $p$ is a polynomial. For example, is the distribution of such an ...
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Probability density function above a given value. $\{ f(x) > c\}$

Say $X$ is a stochastic variable with a distribution $\nu$ and $f$ is the corresponding Lebesgue-measurable density. If I want to calculate a set $$A = \{ x \in \mathbb{R} \ | \ f(x) > c \}$$ for ...
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A doubt on a proof of a theorem of Durret's Probability Theory

Below is the text of the theorem: $\mathcal{F}_{i,j}$ are sigma algebras indexed by $i$ and $j$. I'm having some difficulties in understanding this proof. Do the $\mathcal{A}_i$ contain $\Omega$ ...
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What is a Tail Field and how to interpret it?

I cannot understand or form a good intuition in my head of what a tail field is. An introduction to rigorous probability theory by Rosenthal gives the following definition: Given a sequence of events ...