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What is the joint distribution of two random variables?

Today I was thinking about this and I have the feeling I am missing something obvious, but I can't seem to solve it. Suppose we have a continuos random variable $X$ with density $f_X(x)$. Let $Y = ...
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Approximate normal distribution

Let $ X \sim N (0, 1)$. For $x$ large enough, the tail of the distribution of $X$ may be approximated as $$P(X > x) \sim e^{-x^2/2}/(x\sqrt{2\pi})$$ Consider a sequence of independent r.v. all ...
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Conditional mean on uncorrelated stochastic variable 2

This question is a follow up from this. I was in doubt if to add it in my previous question, but thought it unfair to the great answers I had received. Let $X,Y$ be stochastic variables such that ...
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The distribution of barycentric coordinates

Let $\mathcal{X} = \{x_1,\dots,x_n\} \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ and let $Z$ be a random variable uniformly distributed over convex hull of $\mathcal{X}$, denoted as $\text{conv}(\mathcal{X})$. Assuming ...
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What is linearity of Expectations?

In reading about the average case analysis of randomized quick sort I came across linearity of expectations of indicator random variable I know indicator random variable and expectation. What does ...
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Prove that vector has normal distribution

You are given two independent random variables: $W \sim \mathrm{Exp}(1)$, $Q \sim U([0; 2\pi ])$. Also, $a$ is a constant, chosen from $[-\pi/2; \pi/2]$. You build following random variables, based ...
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recursive equation for number of white balls

Consider a polyurn scheme of more than two colors. Let us draw a ball from the urn and replace it with another ball of the color we picked from the urn. We assume that $w$ is the number of white balls ...
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One confusion over conditional expectation

Suppose for two random variables $X_1$ and $X_2$ $\sigma(X_1) = \sigma(X_2)$. Why $E[Y | X_1] = E[Y | X_2]$ a.e. ? the set where $X_1= X_1(\omega)$ can be different from the set $X_2= X_2(\omega) $. ...
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Characteristic function of random variable $Z=XY$ where X and Y are independent non-standard normal random variables

I would like to find Characteristic function of random variable $Z=XY$ where X and Y are independent normal random variables, but they are not standard, i.e. $$X\sim N(\mu _x,\sigma_x)$$ $$Y\sim ...
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pdf equation for tossing 2 coins given the probability of landing head for each coin in a single toss

Problem: Consider a simple coin-flipping experiment in which we are given a pair of coins A and B of unknown biases, $\theta_{A}$ and $\theta_{B}$ respectively (that is, on any given flip, coin A ...
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{Thinking}: Why equivalent percentage increase of A and decrease of B is not the same end result?

original post the examples here are, the most important word -- fundamentally -- the same. example1: the most abstract way to present this example. Why equivalent % increase of A in event1 and % ...
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Independence of disjoint events

I'm taking a class in Probability Theory, and I was asked this question in class today: Given disjoint events $A$ and $B$ for which $$ P(A)>0\\ P(B)>0 $$ Can $A$ and $B$ be independent? ...
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The strong and weak laws of large numbers: Why two?

The following questions are entirely based on the corresponding article from Wikipedia. The assumptions of both laws are the same, and the strong law has a more general claim than the one of the weak ...
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$X$ and $f(X)$ independent $\Longleftrightarrow$ $f(X)$ is degenerate

Let $(\Omega, \cal{A}, \mathbb{P})$ be a probability space and $X$ a random variable on $\Omega$. Let, also, $f:\Omega\to\mathbb{R}$ be a Borel function. Then: $X$ and $f(X)$ are independent ...
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Regular Version of Conditional Gaussian Distribution

Let $Z_{1}$ and $Z_{2}$ be two independent normally distributed random variables with expectations $\mu_{1},\mu_{2}\in\mathbb{R}$ and variances $\sigma_{1}^2,\sigma_{2}^2\in (0,\infty)$ . I would ...
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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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Dual space of the space of finite measures

Since I am reading some stuff about weak convergence of probability measures, I started to wonder what is the dual space of the space consisting of all the finite (signed) measures (which is well ...
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show that if $X\ge 0$ , $E(X)\le \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}P(X>n)$.

if $X$ is a random variable and also let $X\ge 0$ , I want to show $E(X)\le \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}P(X>n)$.
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Relations between Order Statistics of Uniform RVs and Exponential RVs

Say we have $U_1 \dots U_n$ i.i.d. random variables uniform on $[0,1]$ and $Y_1 \dots Y_{n+1}$ i.i.d. random variables distributed as $Y_i \sim Exp(1)$. I know that the joint distribution of the order ...
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$L^1$ norm of product of independent random variables

I am trying to show that $\|XY\|_1 = \|X\|_1\|Y\|_1$ for $X,Y$ independent random variables, where $\|X\|_1 = \int{|X| d\mathbb{P}}$. I have a feeling that this result is intuitive, but could anyone ...
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Applying Ergodic Theorem on fractional Brownian motion

For a fractional Brownian motion $B_H$ consider the sequence for $p>0$ $$Y_{n,p}={1\over n}\sum\limits_{i=1}^n \left|B_H(i)-B_H(i-1)\right|^p.$$ By the Ergodic Theorem it is ...
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Why does a time-homogeneous Markov process possess the Markov property?

Klenke defines (Definition 17.3, p. 346) a time-homogeneous Markov process independently, rather than as a special case of a stochastic process that possesses the Markov property (Definition 17.1, p. ...
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Sample variance derivation

I have quite a simple question but I can't for the life of me figure it out. For a set of iid samples $\,\,X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_n\,\,$ from distribution with mean $\,\mu$. If you are given the sample ...
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Inequalities involving the probability density function and variance

I am wondering whether anyone knows of any any inequalities involving the probability density function of an unknown distribution (as opposed to the cumulative distribution function) and its known ...
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Connection to Normal distribution

I've been working on finding the probability for the event, that the sum of $n$ independent random variables are less than $s$, when they are evenly distributed on $[0,1)$. I've used the law of total ...
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Exercise on Martingales

I have been struggling with the following exercise and I was wondering whether my solution is correct or not. I am pretty sure about the second part of the question (the martingale part) but not so ...
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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]need help to understand the following expression

So assume $Y$ and $X$ are exponentially distributed with parameters $y_1$, and $x_1$ respecitively. assume c is a constant. I am having huge trouble to understand the integration of the following ...
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Random $0-1$ matrices

I'm working my way through the Oxford notes in Probabilistic Combinatorics and came across this question in one of the question sheets; I'd like to stress that this is not my homework: I'm simply ...
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How compute $\lim_{p\rightarrow 0} \|f\|_p$ in a probability space?

I not solve the follow limit $$\lim_{p\rightarrow 0} \bigg[\int_{\Omega} |f|^p d\mu \bigg]^{1/p} = \exp\bigg[ \int_{\Omega} \log|f|d\mu \bigg],$$ where $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, \mu)$ is a probability ...
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Bus stop probability question

People arrive at random times and independently at a bus stop and wait for the bus to arrive. The bus arrives at this stop once every hour. Thus, the waiting times of the people follow a uniform ...
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Product Measures

Consider the case $\Omega = \mathbb R^6 , F= B(\mathbb R^6)$ Then the projections $\ X_i(\omega) = x_i ,[ \omega=(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_6) \in \Omega $ are random variables $i=1,\ldots,6$. Fix $\ S_n = ...
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Conjunction fallacy

I was reading this article which has the following question, Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with ...
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Expectation of a stopping time uniquely determined by a function

Let $(X_t)_{t\ge0}$ be a Markov chain on a finite state space $\Omega$, with transition probability $P$. Let $T$ be a stopping time such that $T=\min \{t\ge 0;X_t \in A \subset \Omega \}$.  If ...
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Relation: pairwise and mutually

Suppose we can define a relation $R$ over the sets $X_1, …, X_k$ for any natural number $k$, note not specified for a particular $k$. I was wondering if there is some definition or conditions ...
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probability -Diverging expectation

As I keep reading probability books, there are always some issues that no one considers. For example, for $\omega \in \Omega$ and $X$, $Y$ independent random variable we define $Z(\omega ...
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Random variables and the topology of weak convergence

To see what's going on, I am trying to translate the idea of topology of weak convergence on a random variable setting, just to get some concrete intuition. This is what I have got so far (where the ...
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Borel $\sigma$-Algebra definition.

Definition: The Borel $\sigma$-algebra on $\mathbb R$ is the $\sigma$-algebra B($\mathbb R$) generated by the $\pi$-system $\mathcal J$ of intervals $\ (a, b]$, where $\ a<b$ in $\mathbb R$ ...
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Is $(B_t^2)$ Markov where $(B_t)$ is Brownian motion?

I am pretty sure $(B_{t}^{2})$ not Markov because the squared random walk is not. Showing the square of a Markov process is or isn't Markov I guess I can repeat the method since to be Markov it ...
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Computing the expectation of conditional variance in 2 ways

Same as here. Let $X$ be a square integrable random variable on $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},P)$. Let $\mathcal{G}$ be a sub-$\sigma$-algebra of $\mathcal{F}$. Define the conditional variance of $X$ given ...
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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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Showing that Y has a uniform distribution if Y=F(X) where F is the cdf of X

Let X be a random variable with a continuous and strictly increasing c.d.f. function F (so that the quantile function F^−1 is well-defined). Define a new random variable Y by Y = F(X). Show that Y has a ...
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Integral change that I don't understand

If $f(t)$ is a Probability density function of a positive RV. $\int_0^\infty\int_x^{\infty}f(t)dtdx$ Using fubini theorem should become $\int_0^\infty\int_0^{t}f(t)dxdt$ But why? Surely the answer ...
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Find the distribution of $X_1^2 + X_2^2$? [duplicate]

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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Integral of Schwartz function over probability measure

Let $X$ be a set, $\mathcal F$ a $\sigma$-field of subsets of $X$, and $\mu$ a probability measure on $X$. Given random variables $f,g\colon X\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that ...
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What is a real-valued random variable?

This question arose when someone (and surely not the least!) commented that something like $\left(X\mid Y=y\right)$ , i.e. $X$ under condition $Y=y$, where $X$ and $Y$ are real-valued random variables ...
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How can I show that the conditional expectation $E(X|X)=X$?

I tried to show that $E(X|X=x)=x$, which would lead me to get $E(X|X)=X$ but I am having trouble doing so. I know that the definition of conditional expectation (continuous case) is: ...
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Other way to express $e^{|x|+|y|}$

I have a joint PDF with $e^{|x|+|y|}$. I know I can separate the function in two functions, $e^{|x|}$ and $e^{|y|}$. The limits for $x$ and $y$ are from $-\infty$ to $\infty$. Can I integrate from $0$ ...
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$X \sim \mathrm{Unif}[0,1], Y|X \sim \mathrm{Unif}[0,X^2].$ Find PDF of $Y$

$X \sim \mathrm{Unif}[0,1], Y|X \sim \mathrm{Unif}[0,X^2].$ Find PDF of $Y.$ Solution. $$f_{Y|X}(y|x) = \frac{1}{x^2}, \text{ $x \in (0,1]$, $y \in \mathbb{R}$.}$$ Thus $$f_{X,Y}(x,y) = ...
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Distribution of sums

I'm really having a hard time with this topic in probability theory and I was wondering if someone has any tricks, tips or anything useful to help me understand it. In my notes I am told that ...