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How does Graham knows his number is really the upper bound to the dimension problem?

I know initially he stated that the answer is somewhere between 6 and Graham's number. How does he know that for Graham's number dimensions it is really impossible to color the lines that way? I know ...
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Borel set of $\mathbb R^n$ with $n > 1$

According to various sources, the Borel set over $\mathbb{R}^n$ can be defined in several equivalent ways: For instance, it can be defined as the smallest sigma-algebra containing every open set of ...
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Tail probability of a random variable

Here are two theorems about the "tail probability" of a random variable X Thm1: The expectation $E(|X|^\alpha) < \infty$ for some positive $\alpha$ if and only if $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty ...
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Is this a misuse of the term “probability space”?

Let me first state the definitions as I am using them. Do correct me if I am wrong here! A "probability space" is a triple $(\Omega, F \subseteq 2^{\Omega}, \mu : F \rightarrow [0,1])$. The ...
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Motivation behind the definition of the Itô integral for elementary predictable processes

Let $(\Omega,\mathcal{A},\operatorname{P})$ be a probability space and $\mathbb{F}$ be a filtration on $(\Omega,\mathcal{A})$. A real-valued stochastic process $H=(H_t)_{t\ge 0}$ is called elementary ...
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Probability dealing with Odds [on hold]

The odds that an event A will occur are given by the ratio P(A)/P(A'). Show that if the odds of an event A is a/b, then its probability is P(A) = a/(a+b).
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One-tailed two-sample T-test OK?

I'm trying to conduct a one-sided hypothesis test between two random variables which are both asymptotically normally distributed with different variances. The variances are not known but have been ...
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Probability of Winning a Toss

I have an unfair coin with two sides 1 and 2. I have a problem and its constraints. The coin has to be tossed until I win; which happens when 1 shows up in a toss. Constraints: Since the coin in ...
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Using a sequence of measures to create simple functions which approximate the Radon-Nikodym derivative of the limiting measure

I have a bunch of discrete probability measures with finite support: $\mu_1,\mu_2,\dots$, which strongly converge to an absolutely continuous probability measure $\mu$ in $\mathbf{R}^2$. That is, for ...
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Properties Least Mean Fourth Error

I am interested in whether a quantity \begin{align*} E[(X-E[X|Y])^4] \end{align*} has been studied in the literature before. I am not even sure if "least mean fourth error" is a correct name, since ...
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Cumulative distribution function of Cauchy distribution

Let X be a Cauchy distribution with X~Cauchy(1) (so a=1). Prove that Y=1/X has the same cumulative distrubtion as X. Now I've tried taking F_X(x) for a=1 combined with the identity ...
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Probability theory combinatoric problem

A total of $n$ bar magnets are placed end to end in a line with random independent orientations. Adjacent ends with equal polarities repel each other, and adjacent ends with opposite polarities ...
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Proving technique used to show an equivalence to the definition of a Markov process

Let $X=(X_t)_{t\in I}$ be Markov process with values in a Polish space $E$. I want to show, that there exists a stochastic kernel $\kappa:E\times\mathcal{B}(E)^{\otimes I}\to [0,1]$ such that ...
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Is maximizing the Shannon differential entropy equivalent to minimizing the predictability and/or minimizing the maximum density?

For a real-valued, 1-dimensional, continuous random variable X with density f(x), I am trying to determine if maximizing the Shannon differential entropy of f(x) is mathematically equivalent to ...
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(Elementary) Markov property of the Brownian motion

Let $B=(B_t)_{t\ge 0}$ be a Brownian motion on a probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal A,\operatorname{P})$, i.e. $B$ is a real-valued stochastic process with $B_0=0$ almost surely $B$ has independent ...
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Lebesgue Integral of an Indicator Function using Measure Theory

Let $X$ be a random variable on $\Omega$ and fix $c \in \mathbb{R}$. I recently saw the following in a calculation: $$ \int_{\Omega} \mathbb{I}_{(c,\infty)}(X(\omega)) dP(\omega) = P(X \geq c). $$ I ...
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Distribution of bounded summation of i.i.d random variables

We have a set of positive random variables $\boldsymbol X=\{X_1, X_2,\ldots\}$, where $X_1, X_2,\ldots$, are independent and identically distributed (i.i.d.). The CDF $F(x)$ and PDF $f(x)$ for $X_i$ ...
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A property of the space of rcll functions

Let $E$ be a locally compact separable metric space, $$\Omega=\{f:[0,\infty]\to E\mid f \text{ is rcll}\}$$ and $P$ be a probability on $\Omega$ which equiped the $\sigma$-algebra generated by ...
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Definition of expected value of a continuous random variable [duplicate]

Let $X$ be a random variable with the probability desntiy function $f$. Then, according to the book "Intro to probability and statistics" by Rohatgi, the expected value of $X$ is defined as: $$E(X) ...
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Assume a die is rolled repeatedly. Find the markov matrix $P$ for the random variable of the time until the next $6$.

Assume a die is rolled repeatedly. Find the markov/transition matrix $P$ for the random variable $X_r$ = the time until the next six at time $r$. My solution was: For $i,j \geq 0$, $P$ is given ...
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Is it possible to assign probability to a set $X$ with $|X|>2^{\aleph_0}$?

Is it possible to assign probability to a set $X$ with cardinality $|X| > 2^{\aleph_0}$? Example would be a set $|X| = 2^{2^{\aleph_0}}$.
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Continuous mapping theorem - counterexample

The continuous mapping theorem states that Let $g: R^n \rightarrow R^k $ be continuous in every point of a set $C$ such that $\mathbb P\left(X\in C\right)=1$. If $X_n \xrightarrow{d} X $ then ...
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Prove that the increments of the Brownian motion are normally distributed

Let $B=(B_t)_{t\ge 0}$ be a Brownian motion on a probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal A,\operatorname{P})$, i.e. $B$ is a real-valued stochastic process with $B_0=0$ almost surely $B$ has independent ...
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How to show that $\mathbb{E}(\lim_{n \to \infty} X_n) = 0$ when $X_n(x) := n \cdot 1_{[0,\frac{1}{n}]}(x) \qquad (x \in [0,1])$

from the answer of Exchanging limit and expectation for $L^2$ random variables: Consider for example the probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal{A},\mathbb{P}) := ...
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Closeness in distribution implies closeness in statistics?

I am aware that convergence in distribution does not necessarily imply convergence in the mean. I browsed through some examples of statistical distances here ...
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Power Spectral Density Approximation

Let $X_t$ be a zero-mean, stationary random process. Let $X_f$ be the Fourier transform of $X_t$; $X_f$ is also a random process, but as a function of $f$. Let us denote the power spectral density ...
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Distribution/law of a random variable after conditioning on an event

I have a probability triple $(\Omega,\mathcal{B},P)$ and a random variable $X:(\Omega,\mathcal{B},P)\to(\mathbb R,\mathcal{R})$ with distribution $\mu_X := P \circ X^{-1}$. If I condition on an event ...
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Almost sure convergence of $\hat{\sigma^2}$

Let $Y \sim N(X\beta,\sigma^2I)$ where $Rank(X_{n\times p})=p \leq n$. The least square estimate of $\sigma^2$ is $\hat{\sigma^2}=\frac{Y'(I-P)Y}{n-p}$ where $P=X(X'X)^{-1}X'$ is the projection matrix ...
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Prove that $\sigma$-algebras $A_1,\ldots,A_n$ are independent if and only if $A_i$ is independent of each $A_1,\ldots,A_{i-1}$, for all $i=2,\ldots,n$

Let $(\Omega,\mathcal{A},\operatorname{P})$ be a probability space and $\mathcal{A}_1,\ldots,\mathcal{A}_n\subseteq 2^\Omega$ be $\sigma$-algebras. How can we show, that ...
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how do I parametrise a stochastic matrix

I have a matrix $\mathbf{t}$ that maps one $d$ dimensional probability distribution to another $\mathbf{t}^T x = q$, i.e. with $\sum\limits_i t_{ij} x_i = q_j$ and $\sum\limits_j t_{ij} = 1$ $\forall$ ...
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Conditional expectation $\mathbb E\left(\exp\left(\int_0^tX_sdB_s\right) \mid \mathcal F_t^X\right)$

I have found a theorem (see below) in two papers an I try to figure how it could be proved. The result seems to be intuitive, but I'm not able to prove it in a rigorous way. Assumptions: Consider a ...
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If X,Y and Z are independent, are X and YZ independent?

If yes: I know that f(X) and g(Y) are independent if X and Y are independent and f and g are "measurable".* If that is to be used, is g(Y) = YZ measurable? If not, how else to approach this? If ...
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independence of random objects when forming product spaces

Suppose we have two probability spaces $(\Omega_1, \mathscr{F}_1, \{\mathcal{F}^1_t\},\mathbb{P})$ and $(\Omega_2, \mathscr{F}_2, \{\mathcal{F}^2_t\},\mathbb{P}_2)$, if we take product space $$\Omega ...
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Soft question: What are some elementary motivations of using functional analysis to study probability theory?

Recently I've become curious about the links between functional analysis and probability theory. What are some simple reasons why a functional analytic approach is preferable to a measure-theoretic ...
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let x and y be uniformly distributed independent random variables on [0 ,1].the probability that the distance between x and y is less than 1/2 is?

I have a question about probability: let x and y be uniformly distributed independent random variables on [0 ,1].the probability that the distance between x and y is less than 1/2 is? can someone ...
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Computation of Conditional Expectation using Measures

Here's a definition of conditional expectation of $X$ found on p 363 of this book: Let $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, P)$ be a probability space, and let $X$ be in integrable random variable. If $B \in ...
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Variation processes and strong solutions of stochastic differential equations

Let $(\Omega,\mathcal{A},\operatorname{P})$ be a probability space $\mathbb{F}$ be a filtration on $(\Omega,\mathcal{A})$ $\tau$ be a $\mathbb{F}$-stopping time An $\mathbb{F}$-adapted, ...
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If $(B_t)_{t\ge 0}$ is a Brownian motion and $\tau$ is a stopping time, then the stopped process $(B_{\min(\tau,t)})_{t\ge 0}$ is integrable

Let $B=(B_t)_{t\ge 0}$ be a Brownian motion on a probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal A,\operatorname{P})$. By definition $B_t$ is normally distributed with mean $0$ and variance $t$. Now, let ...
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Doob decomposition of $|S_n|$ where $S_n$ is simple random walk.

Let $X_n$, $n\geqslant 1$ be iid Rademacher random variables, i.e. $X_1$ takes values $\pm 1$ each with probability $\frac12$. Define $S_0=0$ and $S_n=\sum_{i=0}^n X_i$, and $\mathcal F_n = ...
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Optional stopping/sampling for right-continuous supermartingales

Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a filtration $(X_t)_{t\ge 0}$ be a right-continuous $\mathbb{F}$-supermartingale $\sigma,\tau$ be bounded $\mathbb{F}$-stopping times with $\sigma\le \tau$ and ...
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Theorem of Portmanteau: It suffices to show it for a base?

I have a question to the Theorem of Portmenteau, see here. Two equivalent statements to $P_n\to P$ weakly, are (1) $\limsup_n P_n(C)\leq P(C)$ for all closed sets $C$. (2) $\liminf_n P_n(O)\geq ...
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The non-uniform probability of sums from the throw of multiple dice

I'm reading The Drunkards Walk by Leonard Mlodinow. In the book, the author writes: From a throw of three dice, a sum of 9 and 10 can be constructed in an equal combinations. However, the outcome ...
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Is there an alternative intuition for solving the probability of having one ace card in every bridge player's hand?

I am trying to get to know probability a little better since it's a weak point for me and I was wondering what other ways there were to intuitively think about the problem of finding the probability ...
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What distribution has $X^n$ if $X$ is normal distributed?

Let $X$ be a random variable with mean $0$ and variance $\sigma ^2$, i.e. $X \sim \mathcal{N}(0, \sigma ^2)$.What is the distribution of $Y= X^n$, $n \in \mathbb {N}.$ ? I know what distributribution ...
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What is the probability of two random line segments crossing in a unit square?

For the purposes of this question a random line segment is defined by connecting two random points inside the unit square, where a random point is found by generating two random numbers between 0 and ...
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Deriving density of a function of a random variable

Let $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, P)$ be a probability space and $X: \Omega \to \mathbb{R}$ a continuous random variable. Let $Y:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be Borel-measurable. Finally, let $f_X: ...
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Marginal Distributions from Joint Distribution

Here's a seemingly common proof for the formula of a marginal distribution using a bivariate joint distribution, for which I'm not clear on each step: Setup: Let $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, P)$ be a ...
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Finding MLE of $f(x;\theta) =1$ if $\theta-1/2<x< \theta+1/2$

Let $X_1,...,X_n$ have density: $f(x;\theta) = \begin{cases} 1 &\mbox{if } \theta-1/2<x< \theta+1/2 \\ 0 & otherwise \end{cases}$ Let $Y_1=min \lbrace X_1,...,X_n \rbrace$ and ...
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Sum of two gamma/Erlang random variables $\Gamma(m,\lambda)$ and $\Gamma(n, \mu)$ with integer numbers $m \neq n, \lambda \neq \mu$

The gamma distribution with parameters $m > 0$ and $\lambda > 0$ (denoted $\Gamma(m, \lambda)$) has density function $$f(x) = \frac{\lambda e^{-\lambda x} (\lambda x)^{m - 1}}{\Gamma(m)}, x > ...
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independence of random variable

Suppose we have $2$ Independent random variables $X$ AND $Y$. Let $f(X)$ and $g(Y)$ are functions of those $2$ random variables. 1.) my question can we say that the functions $g(X)$ AND $f(Y)$ are ...