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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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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 ...
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Induction for sum of Poisson distributed random variables

Given the identically distributed and independant random variables $X_1,X_2,\ldots\sim\operatorname{Po}(\lambda)$ and $S_n=X_1+\ldots+X_n$ show with induction that ...
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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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sub martingales and more

This is a problem on sub-martingales. Given : $X_n = X_0 \mathrm{e}^{\mu S_n}$, $n= 1,2,3,\ldots$, where $X_0 > 0$ and where $S_n$ is a symmetric random walk and $\mu$ is greater than zero. We ...
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Detail in Conditional expectation on more than one random variable

I have $E(X|Y,Z)=0$, $X$ independent of $Y$ and of $Z$ and I want to conclude that $E(X)=0$ ($X,Y,Z$ are real-valued random variables). Okay it seems quite obvious, but if I try to make a strict ...
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Maximum a Posteriori (MAP) Estimator of Exponential Random Variable with Uniform Prior

What would be the Maximum a Posteriori (MAP) estimator for $ \lambda $ for IID $ \left\{ {x}_{i} \right\}_{i = 1}^{N} $ where $ {x}_{i} \sim \exp \left( \lambda \right), \; \lambda \sim U \left[ ...
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Help with a Probability Proof

How do I prove the following: Show that if $A$, $B$ and $C$ are three events such that $P(A \cap B \cap C) \neq 0$ and $P(C | A \cap B)$ = $P(C|B)$, then $P(A| B \cap C) = P(A | B)$. Here is my ...
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Borel Cantelli lemmas or not?

I have this exercise "Let: $$X_1,X_2, \ldots , Y_1,Y_2, \ldots \sim U (0,1)$$ independent and identically distributed random variables. Is true that: $$\limsup \frac{X_n}{Y_n} = +\infty $$ almost ...
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The Continuity of Correlation Coefficient of a Continuous Stochastic Process

Given a continuous stochastic process with respect to time with finite variance at a given $t$. Does it necessarily imply, as $d\to 0$, 1) the covariance between $t$ and $t+d$ approaches the variance ...
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Show that the distance $D_c$ between densities is symmetric when the densities are related by a linear transformation

The distance between two density functions $p_0$ and $p_1$ is given by $$D_c(p_0,p_1)=\int_{p_0/p_1>c} (p_0-c p_1)\mathrm{d}\mu$$ where $c>1$ is a real number Question: Show that if ...
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Characteristic function of a square of normally distributed RV

Let's assume that $ X \sim \mathcal{N}(0,1) $. I'm supposed to compute the characteristic function of $ X^2 $. As far as I got is that the density of $ X^2 $ is $ g(y) = \frac{1}{2\sqrt{2\pi}} ...
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$X_n$ are r.v.s, is it true that $E[\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} X_n] = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} E[X_n] $? [duplicate]

$X_n$ are r.v.s, is it true that $E[\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} X_n] = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} E[X_n] $? My feeling is that this is not necessarily true. But cannot come up with an example. Can someone provide ...
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From distribution function to probability measure

So assume we have a probability space $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, P)$ and a random variable $X : \Omega \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^*$. We can derive from this a distribution $P_X$, and a distribution function ...
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martingale and stochastic Integral

Let ${W_t}$ be 1 dimension Brownian motion and $X_t:=\exp(t/2)\cos W_t$ $t\in[0,T]$. Show that $X_t$ is martingale. I understood $df(t,W_t)=-\exp(t/2)\sin xdW_t$ , but I don't know why it become ...
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Order related to Empirical distribution function and Normal distribution

Let $X_1,\dots,X_n$ are i.i.d with distribution function $F$. Let $\hat F_n$ be its empirical distribution function, i.e., $$ \hat F_n(x)=\frac1n\sum_{i=1}^n1_{\{X_\le x\}}(x) $$ where $1_A(x)$ is the ...
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Help with a problem involving limit theorems

Here's a problem I am stuck on. The problem goes as follows: Suppose the distribution of scores of a test has mean 100 and standard deviation 16. Calculate an upper bound for the probability ...
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Compare two estimators by using the their Expected value and variances

Let $Y_1$, $Y_2$, . . . , $Y_n$ denote a random sample from the probability density function $$f (y | θ)=\begin{cases} (θ + 1)y^θ, & 0 < y < 1; θ > −1,\\ 0 ,& ...
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Prove that $COV(h(x),g(x)) \leq 0$ means the different direction for $h,g$

(Covariance Inequality) Prove that if $g$ is nondecreasing and $h$ nonincreasing, then $$ E(g(X)h(X)) \leq E(g(X)) E(h(X)) $$ I know that it is equivallent to prove $COV(g(X),h(X)) \leq 0$ if $h$ ...
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Given $P(B\mid A)=1-\varepsilon$ for some $0<\varepsilon<1$ and $P(C\mid B)=1$, prove that $P(C\mid A)≥1-\varepsilon$

We need to show that, given $P(B\mid A)=1-\varepsilon$ for some $0<\varepsilon<1$ and $P(C\mid B)=1$, that $P(C\mid A)≥1-\varepsilon$. Since we know that $P(C\mid B)=1$, it follows that $P(B ...
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Let $Z$ be a stochast with $EZ = 0$ and $VarZ = \sigma^{2}$. Show that for $u,v>0$ that the following inequality holds:

Let $Z$ be a stochast with $EZ = 0$ and $VarZ = \sigma^{2}$. Show that for $u,v>0$ that the following inequality holds: $P(Z\leq -u \space \text{or} \space Z\geq v) \leq \frac{4\sigma^{2} + ...
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What is the intuitive meaning of $K_1, K_2, K_3$ in regards to the conditional density formula derivation in Brownian motion.

In my text, there is a passage that says: "Suppose we require the conditional distribution of $X(s)$ given that $X(t) = B$, where $s < t$. The conditional density is: $$ \begin{align*} f_{s\mid ...
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complex integration over the whole plane

I am trying to solve this integral: $H(z)=\int_{\mathbb{C}}{p(z)\log_2{p(z)}dz}$, where $z$ is a complex number with complex normal distribution $p(z)$, and $\mathbb{C}$ denoted the complex plain. ...
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probability question on characteristic function

I got a big problem with my exam practice question on characteristic function. Here are two. Let $X$, $Y$ be two independent random variables with the following characteristic functions: ...
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Continuity of Expected Value

Let $m(\cdot)$ be a probability measure on $Z$, so that $\int_Z m(dz) = 1$. Consider a continuous function $f: X \times Y \times Z \rightarrow \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}$, where $X \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$, ...
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When can a measurable mapping be factorized?

Problem 13.3 of Probability and Measure by Billingsley states: $(\Omega, \mathcal{F})$ and $(\Omega', \mathcal{F}')$ are two measurable spaces. Suppose that $f: \Omega \rightarrow ...
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Distribution of a transformed Brownian motion

Let $W$ be a standard Brownian motion. From an earlier proven result I know that $N_t = \exp\left\{a W_t - \frac12 a^2 t \right\}$ defines a martingale on the natural filtration of $W$ for all $a \in ...
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Covariance inequality for $n$ exchangeable random variables

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}$, $n \geq 2$, assume that $X_1,\ldots, X_n$ are exchangeable, square integrable random variables with $\mathbf{E}\bigl[X^2_1\bigr] < \infty$. Prove that the following ...
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Linear transformation of random variables

We have to stochastic variables X and Y, and we define $ \begin{pmatrix} \tilde{X} \\ \tilde{Y} \end{pmatrix}=\begin{pmatrix} a & b \\ c & d \end{pmatrix} \begin{pmatrix} X \\ Y ...
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Unifying the treatment of discrete and continuous random variable

I have been working on the reconciliation of the treatment of discrete and continuous random variable in a measure theoretic sense. But I found myself blocked on fundamental results. We know that If ...
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Definition of the set of independent r.v. with second moment contstraint

I am trying to nice write the definition of the following set. Def: The set of all distributing of the pair $(X_1,X_2)$ such that $X_1$ and $X_2$ are independent Have second moment constraint ...
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Simple formula on $X_n^{(k)} = \sum_{1 \le i_1 < … < i_k \le n} Y_{i_1} \cdot \dots \cdot Y_{i_k}$ (to show $X_n^{(k)}$ is martingale)

Let $$X_n^{(k)} = \sum_{1 \le i_1 < ... < i_k \le n} Y_{i_1} \cdot \dots \cdot Y_{i_k}$$ If I take $k=2$ and $S_n = Y_1 + \dots + Y_n$ I have of course: $$X_n^{(2)} = \frac{1}{2} (S_n^2 - ...
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For $E (X - EX)^2$ to exist, do we need $EX$ to exist and be finite?

For $E (X - EX)^2$ to exist (may be infinite), according to $E (X - EX)^2 = E X^2 - (EX)^2$, I think a necessary and sufficient condition is $EX$ exists and is finite, because $ E X^2 \geq ...
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integral with respect to Dirac measure

Let $\delta_a(A)$ be the Dirac measure, that is $\delta_a(A) = 0$ if $a \notin A$ and $\delta_a(A) = 1$ if $a \in A$ and $\phi : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ a bounded Borel function. What does ...
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Mutual Independence Definition Clarificaiton

Let $Y_1, Y_2, ..., Y_n$ be iid random variables and $B_1, B_2, ..., B_n$ be Borel sets. It follows that $P(\bigcap_{i=1}^{n} (Y_i \in B_i)) = \Pi_{i=1}^{n} P(Y_i \in B_i)$...I think? If so, does ...
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Application of Kolmogorov's Zero-One Law

Most of the books I read, they only state some examples of tail events. One of them is $[\sum_n X_n \ converges]$. My main problem is to show that this is indeed a tail event.
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Brownian motion - Hölder continuity

Let $B$ stand for a Brownian motion on a finite interval $[0,1]$. If I am not wrong, I think that there exists a positive constant $c$, such that almost surely, for $h$ small enough , for all $0< t ...
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Choosing the correct subsequence of events s.t. sum of probabilities of events diverge

Here is the problem. I tried choosing $B_n = A_{mn}$ since it is an independent sequence for $m \geq 2$, but I am not quite sure how to guarantee that $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} P(A_{mn}) = \infty$. Is ...