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What is the distribution of $Y = e^X$ when $X$ is normal?

What is the distribution of $Y = e^X$ when $X$ is normally distributed? Am I supposed to use characteristics function of normal random variable ?
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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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On “for all” in if and only if statements in probability theory and stochastic calculus

1 In my friend's Probability Theory long test there was this question: Let $(\Omega, \mathfrak{F}, P)$ be a probability space on which is defined all sub-$\sigma$-algebras, events and random ...
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Prove a thm on stopped processes given fundamental principle 'you can't beat the system'?

How does the principle below imply the thm below? From Williams' Probability w/ Martingales: Principle: Thm: What I tried: $$E[X_{T \wedge n} - X_0 | \mathscr{F_m}] =/ \le X_{T \wedge ...
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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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Can you make money on coin tosses when the odds are against you?

The strategy Given an initial investment $n$ dollars and a "bet buffer" $b$. Calculate the bet size $x=\left\lfloor\frac{n}{2^b-1}\right\rfloor$ dollars. Wager $x$ dollars on random variable $C$ ...
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Finding an example of a discrete-time strict local martingale.

Find an example of a discrete-time local martingale that is not a true martingale. I was thinking hard for some time about this fun problem. I know that $\mathbb{E}[|M|_t]=\infty \text{ for some ...
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When the sum of independent Markov chains is a Markov chain?

I try to find as much as possible cases, when the chain $Z(t) = |X_1(t)-X_2(t)|$ is Markov, where $X_1(t)$ and $X_2(t)$ are independent, discrete-time and space, preferably non-homogeneous Markov ...
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Poisson random variables and Binomial Theorem

I'm working on a problem from Casella and Berger's Statistical Inference. X is distributed as Poisson$(\theta)$ and Y is distributed as Poisson$(\lambda)$, with X and Y being independent. We let U = X ...
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Probability distribution for the perimeter and area of triangle with fixed circumscribed 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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Compute possible outcomes when get balls from a box

I have a question about probability that need your help. I have three boxes: first box has $k_1$ red balls, second box has $k_2$ blue balls and third box has $p_1$ red balls and $p_2$ blue balls. I ...
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Is a random variable constant iff it is trivial sigma-algebra-measurable?

I found a proof here for a measurable function (instead of probability theory's random variable) being constant if and only if the sigma-algebra generated by it is the trivia sigma-algebra, I think ...
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At a party $n$ people toss their hats into a pile in a closet.$\dots$ [duplicate]

Question: At a party $n$ people toss their hats into a pile in a closet. The hats are mixed up, and each person selects one at random. What is the expected number of people who select their own hats? ...
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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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Finite State Markov Chain Stationary Distribution

How does one show that any finite-state time homogenous Markov Chain has at least one stationary distribution in the sense of $\pi = \pi Q$ where $Q$ is the transition matrix and $\pi$ is the ...
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Questions on Kolmogorov Zero-One Law Proof in Rosenthal

Here is the proof of the Kolmogorov Zero-One Law and the lemmas used to prove it in Rosenthal's Probability book: Here are my questions: Question 1: In the first red box, does the fact that Q ...
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Proposition on limsup

Suppose $\exists$ function $f: \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$ s.t. as $n \to \infty$, $f(n) \to \infty$. Prove that $\forall$ events (or sets) $A_1, A_2, ..., \limsup A_{f(n)} \subseteq \limsup A_n.$ ...
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Probability density function vs. probability mass function

I've a 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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Expectation of Minimum of $n$ i.i.d. uniform random variables.

$X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_n$ are $n$ i.i.d. uniform random variables. Let $Y = \min(X_1, X_2,\ldots, X_n)$. Then, what's the expectation of $Y$(i.e., $E(Y)$)? I have conducted some simulations by Matlab, ...
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Questions on atoms of a measure

In Kai Lai Chung's A course in probability theory, An atom of any probability measure $\mu$ on $(\mathbb{R}, \mathcal{B})$ is a singleton $\{x\}$ such that $\mu({x}) > 0$. In Wikipedia: ...
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Weak Law of Large Numbers for Dependent Random Variables with Bounded Covariance

I'm currently stuck on the following problem which involves proving the weak law of large numbers for a sequence of dependent but identically distributed random variables. Here's the full statement: ...
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The Laplace transform of the first hitting time of Brownian motion

Let $B_t$ be the standard Brownian motion process, $a > 0$, and let $H_a = \inf \{ t : B_t > a \}$ be a stopping time. I want to show that the Laplace transform of $H_a$ is ...
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Cover time chess board (king)

Consider a random walk of a king on a standard chess board, which at each step moves to a uniformly random permitted square. What's the exact mean time to visit all squares (cover time), starting ...
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Probability of getting A to K on single scan of shuffled deck

Let us say we have a regular 52-card well-shuffled deck. We scan through the deck (first to last) till we find an Ace. Then we continue (from that Ace) till we find a 2. Then we scan (from the 2) ...
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Looking for different proofs of “Discrete Liouville's Theorem”.

Good day. There is a question I have already encountered twice, in very different contexts, that is relatively simple looking, but both solutions I know involve some pretty advanced theorems from the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 are some easier books for studying martingale?

What are some easier books for studying martingale? They are defined to be comprehensive but easier than Roger and William's martingale book. For example, to study Q and F martingales? It should ...
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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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Covariance, covariance operator, and covariance function

I am trying to get my head wrapped around this article in Wikipedia. The first definition given there is the covariance of a probability measure $\mathbf{P}$: $$\mathrm{Cov}(x, y) = \int_{H} \langle ...
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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 are the sample spaces when talking about continuous random variables

I know this is very basic. But very puzzling too and often missed by learners like myself. When talking about continuous random variables with a particular probability distribution, what are the ...
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Right-continuity of completed filtration

I have a question about filtration. Now fix a measurable space $(\Omega,\mathcal{M})$. Let $(\mathcal{M}_{t})_{t\in[0,\infty)}$ be a filtration on $(\Omega,\mathcal{M})$. We set \begin{eqnarray*} ...
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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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Measurability of the pushforward operator on measures

Let $X$, $Y$ and $Y'$ be (standard) Borel spaces. We let $\mathcal B(X)$ be the Borel $\sigma$-algebra of $X$ and $\mathcal P(X)$ to be the space of all Borel probability distributions on $X$ endowed ...
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Jensen's Inequality (with probability one)

In the following theorem, I have a problem about the second part. That is showing if $f$ is strictly convex then $X=EX$ with probability $1$. While I can see this must be true, I don't know how to ...
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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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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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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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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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Two-valued measure is a Dirac measure

Let $(X,\mathfrak B)$ be a measurable space such that $\{x\}\in \mathfrak B$ for all $x\in X$, and let $\mu$ be a positive measure on this space such that $$ \mu(B) \in\{0,1\} \quad\text{for all ...
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Martingale not uniformly integrable

I've come across a statement that implies that non-negative martingales for which $\{M_{\tau}\mid \tau \ \rm{stopping} \ \rm{time}\}$ is not uniformly integrable exist. I personally can't think of an ...
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probability density of the maximum of samples from a uniform distribution

Suppose $$X_1, X_2, \dots, X_n\sim Unif(0, \theta), iid$$ and suppose $$\hat\theta = \max\{X_1, X_2, \dots, X_n\}$$ How would I find the probability density of $\hat\theta$? Thank you!
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Continuous probability distribution with no first moment but the characteristic function is differentiable

I am looking for an example of a continuous distribution function where the first moment does not exist but the characteristic function is differentiable everywhere. Cauchy distributions do not ...
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Example: satisfying $E(X_{n+1}\mid X_n)=X_n$ but not a martingale

I am wondering if there is such a sequence of random variables $(X_n)_{n=0}^\infty$ such that $\mathbb{E}(X_{n+1}\mid X_n)=X_n$ for all $n\geq0$ but which is not a martingale with respect to the ...
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Name/significance of integral of the square of a probability density function

Background/Motivation Given a probability density function $f(x)$, the mean of the corresponding random variable is the $x$-coordinate of the centroid of the region under the graph of $f$. I ...