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Cramér's Model - “The Prime Numbers and Their Distribution” - Part 1

I was reading "The Prime Numbers and Their Distribution" by Gérald Tenenbaum and Michel Mendès France, the section about Cramér's Model, and I couldn't prove a couple of results. I would like to start ...
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Expected value of the distance square

Given two points $X,Y$ on two sides of square $[0,1]\times [0,1]$ ($X:(0,1/2),Y:(1,1/2)$ (PS: My original question is $X,Y$ on opposite of a square, but I think that's not the real case) )and $n$ ...
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Algorithm to compute fastest method of collecting $k$ re-spawning items which spawn at $n$ specified points

Let $V = v_1, \dots, v_n$ be the locations the items can spawn at, and let $U = u_1, \dots, u_k$ be the current positions of the items. We will assume a new items spawns instantly every time we ...
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Variational formulations in group theory?

I apologise if this is a naïve question. Are there any known / widely applicable / important variational formulations in (finite) group theory? That is, a relationship of the form $$\alpha(G) = ...
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How do you compute numerically the Earth mover's distance (EMD)?

I was trying to compute numerically (write a program) that calculated the EMD for two probability distribution $p_X$ and $q_X$. However, I had a hard time finding an outline of how to exactly compute ...
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Extracting an (almost) independent large subset from a pairwise independent set of Bernoulli variables

Let $n>1$, and let $X_1,X_2, \ldots ,X_n$ be non-constant random variables with values in $\lbrace 0,1 \rbrace$. Let us say that a subset of variables $X_{i_1},X_{i_2}, \ldots,X_{i_d}$ is complete ...
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Entropy of matrix vector product

Consider a random $n$ by $n$ circulant matrix $M$ whose entries are chosen independently and uniformly from $\{0,1\}$. Let $M'$ be the $m$ by $n$ matrix which is formed by taking the first $m$ rows of ...
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Recurrence of a certain class of $2$-$d$ random walks

As is well known, a symmetric random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^d$ (the lattice of $d$ dimensional vectors with integer components) is recurrent if and only if $d=1,2$. In particular it is transient for ...
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Does this calculation have a name, or a generic formulation?

Background I would appreciate help in identifying / explaining this operation: To calculate each of the $n$ values of $f(\Phi)$: sample from the distribution of each of $i$ parameters, $\phi_i$ ...
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Combinatorics: Number of possible 10-card hands from superdeck (10 times 52 cards)

I have the following problem from book "Introduction to Probability", p.32 A certain casino uses 10 standard decks of cards mixed together into one big deck, which we will call a superdeck. ...
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Shooting bullets

This is from http://domino.research.ibm.com/Comm/wwwr_ponder.nsf/challenges/May2014.html Every second, a gun shoots a bullet in the same direction at a random constant speed between 0 and 1. The ...
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Finding an upper bound for $\frac{d}{d\theta}\beta^*(\theta)|_{\theta=\theta_0}$

Suppose that a random variable X has a distribution depending on a parameter $\theta$, $\theta \in \Theta$, and consider a test of hypothesis $H_0: \theta = \theta_0$ versus the alternative $H_1: ...
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Does this random variable have a density?

I have a persistent problem, which I'm almost certain can be answered using elementary probabilistic arguments, but for some reason I've been stuck for some time. Here is the problem. Let $(B_s, s ...
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Azuma's inequality to McDiarmid's inequality?

I was going through some notes on concentration inequalities when I noticed that there are two commonly-cited forms of McDiarmid's inequality. Long story short: I know how to prove the weaker one from ...
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Is this question solvable? $2$ non-linear equations and the proof that the solution is unique (with asymmetric bounty option)

As mentioned in the title I want to show the uniqueness of the solution to $2$ non-linear equations. However, it seems that I can not solve this question with my current mathematical knowledge. More ...
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How does the answer to Feynman's Restaurant Problem change if $M$ is not restricted to a single value?

First, the background: Feynman's restaurant problem asks how we can maximise the total rating of the meals we eat at a restaurant with $N$ items on the menu, given that we know up-front that we are ...
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Question on Conditional expectation

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be two random variables on $(\Omega,\mathcal{B},P)$. Suppose there is a function $g:\mathcal{B}\times\mathbb{R}\rightarrow[0,1]$ such that for any $x$, $g(\cdot,x)$ is a ...
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Calculating probability of some event using geometric considerations

I want to estimate exponentially the following probability: Let $\bf{U}\in\mathbb{R}^n$ be a random vector uniformly distributed on the $n$-dimensional hypersphere, centered at the origin with radius ...
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An application of the Optional Sampling Theorem

let $S(k), k\geq 0$ a discrete random process. Suppose $S(N)$ is with probability one either 100 or 0 and that $S(0)=50$. Suppose further there is at least a sixty percent probability that the price ...
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Probability that a five is seen before any of the even numbers are seen

A fair die is repeatedly tossed. What is the probability that a five is seen before any of the even numbers are seen? I have my own solution below and just want someone to verify it. According ...
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Probability of winning at Solitaire

Using a standard deck of playing cards, how many ways of assembling (shuffling) them will result in a competent player always "going out" in a standard (seven initial columns, every remaining third ...
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Probability that at least one of four hands missing at least one suit

Deal each of four players a 13-card hand at random. What is the probability that at least one of the four hands is missing at least one suit? Let $A_i$ mean that player $i$ is missing at least one ...
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Probability of transmission between two nodes in a neural network at exactly d timesteps

I have a network which is an Erdős–Rényi graph. It is a simple neural network with degree 0.7N where N is the number of nodes. Each weight between neurons is 1/N, meaning that if node n has fired the ...
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Coding Theory Problem to save Humanity

For starters, this problem doesn't originate from me, it's a friend's coding theory problem and I got interested, thinking about it, but I can't think of any as I only have very basic coding theory ...
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Random point distribtion

How to generate numerically a set of random points $(x_1,y_1), (x_2,y_2),\cdots, (x_N,y_N)$ such that the pair-wise distances $d = \sqrt { (x_i-x_j)^2 + (y_i-y_j)^2}$, for all $ 0<i\le N, ...
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Probability of Multiple Collisions in the Birthday Problem

I need help with an approximation concerning the birthday problem. In a recent MAA Monthly (August-September 2013) article "Simple Approximation Formulas for the Birthday Problem" by Matthias Arnold ...
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Inequality between incomplete beta and gamma functions

Let the regularized incomplete beta and gamma functions be defined as usual: \begin{equation} I_p(z,w) = \frac a {B(z,w)} \int_0^p t^{z-1} (1-t)^{w-1} \,\mathrm dt, \end{equation} \begin{equation} ...
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Central Limit Theorem on the Circle

I am interested in a circular equivalent to the classical CLT. Is there a necessary and sufficient condition telling when a normalized sum of circular distributed random variables converges to a ...
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Conditional expectation as a random variable

We have three random variables $x,y,z$. Is the condition "$y$ and $z$ are independent" enough to guarantee that "$\mathbb{E}(x\,|\,y)$ and $z$ are independent"? Would anyone give me a brief proof or ...
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I need help about some compactness arguments

I need help to find some compact sets for my engineering problem. Through this page I learned quite much about it however since I have neither read a book yet nor have an experience I am not able to ...
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Need advice: what should be my next step?

I am dealing with a quite algebraic question and I arrived at some good point. I had $2$ equations with $2$ unknowns and I was able to eleminate one of the variables. My final equation still seems ...
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Bayes analysis as used in a Presidential Election - with calculations shown

Can you show all the steps needed for a Bayesian probability progression as new information is received. As an example, initial estimate for Obama to win (popular vote) is 55%. In state-A, Democrats ...
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Probability distribution for finding two values in stages

Fix two arbitrary distinct values from $\{1,\dots,n\}$. Say for concreteness we choose the values $1$ and $2$. We sample uniformly with replacement from $\{1,\dots,n\}$ in a number of stages. Each ...
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1D Random Walk, with different step sizes in each direction.

A walker starts at a defined position greater than $0$, say $A$, and then makes a "decision" to walk either "$b$ steps to the right" or walk "$c$ steps to the left." He will choose the first option ...
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Bounding function involving Beta functions

Given $\frac{a}{x-1} \leq \frac{b}{y-1} \leq \frac{c}{z-1}$ with $a,b,c > 0$ and $x,y,z > 1$, I want to show that $$\frac{(\frac{a}{a+b})^{x-1}(\frac{b}{a+b})^{y-1}}{B(x,y)\cdot (x+y-1)} + ...
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Crow probability question

Twenty crows land randomly on a wire. Each crow is crowing at the nearest crow. What is the expected number of crows that are not crowed at? I truly have no idea how to approach this problem. I was ...
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Generalized Binomial Model independent in the limit

Start with a generalized binomial model $$P(X_{n+1}=1\mid \mathcal{F}_n)=\theta_n+ n^{-1} d_n \sum_{i=1}^n X_i$$ $$P(X_{n+1}=1)=p_{n+1}=\theta_n + n^{-1}d_n \sum_{i=1}^n p_i$$ With $0\leq \theta_n+ ...
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How is Riemann–Stieltjes Integration insufficient for developing modern probability theory?

If we consider Riemann–Stieltjes integration then it can perfectly account for mixed probability distribution (a continuous R.V with some point mass). So why would we still need Lebesgue Integration ...
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sum of dependent bernoulli random variables is poisson?

Suppose you have a sequence of bernoulli variables, $X_n$ with $\frac{1}{n} = \mathbb{P}(X_n = 1) = 1 - \mathbb{P}(X_n = 0)$ and let $S_n = \sum_{k=1}^{n} X_k X_{k+1} $. The goal is that $S = \lim_{n ...
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6-digit password - a special decoding method

Consider the situation of decoding a 6-digit password that consists of the symbols A to Z and 0 to 9, where all possible combinations are tried randomly and uniformly. Consider the ...
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How to model this easy problem as sum of indicator random variables in order to apply Chernoff bound

Do you have an idea how I could model the following process somehow as a sum of independent indicator random variables? I have given a grid of size $n \times n$ for $n \rightarrow \infty$. Now I ...
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Strange Consequences of Large Cardinals in Probability

Large cardinal axioms are very strong hypothesizes and as any other strong hypothesis they have many strange consequences in mathematics. On the other hand we know that if we bring even the least ...
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Probability help! Am I even doing this right?

I am really bad with probability, so I just want some explanations and help with this problem (and probably many more to come!) and I also want to know if I am on the right track. Thank you! Lyme ...
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Probabilistic counting inequality

I am reading a proof involving the existence of a property in a tournament (a directed complete graph). To make the proof work, we need to have $n^ke^{-n/2^k}<1$. Here $n$ is the order of the ...
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On a problem of sphere-packing for Reed-Solomon codes

Suppose we have an $[n, k+1, n-k]$ Reed Solomon code $\mathcal C$ over $\mathbb F_q$, where $n-k=d$ is the minimum distance, and suppose that $d=2t+1$. We know that for every $r \in \mathbb F_q^n$ the ...
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Permutation order statistics integral

Let $U_i$ be $[0,1]$ i.i.d. uniform random variables, for $i=1,\ldots,n$. As an example, let $n=3$. Now pick an ordering, say $x_1>x_2<x_3$. and consider the order statistics integral ...
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Would you please take a look if my substantiation is correct?

The four numbers 4, 5, 6, 7 are randomly inserted into 7 .3 .4 . 6 . 48 The result is a ten-digit number - for example, 7 4 3 5 4 6 6 7 48 How high is the chance, that the number created is ...
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Uniform integrability of the maximum of a random walk with negative drift

Given $S_k^{(n)} = X_1^{(n)} + ... + X_k^{(n)}$ for all $k,n\in\mathbb{N}$, where the $X_i^{(n)}$'s are iid with mean $-\gamma$ for some $\gamma > 0$ and unit variance. Let ...
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Standard deviation of a quantum walk?

The standard deviation of a classical random walk with $n$ steps is $\sqrt n$ - Standard deviation of a random walk. I have read in many places that the standard deviation of a quantum walk $n$ with a ...
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A question on CLT from Durrett.

I have a question from Durrett which I don't quite get the solution. The question is and the solution is I think I understand up to when $|S_n - n| \leq n^{2/3}$ is an event w.p.1, this is ...