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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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Why “One cannot construct more than countably many independent random variables”?

I'm reading the book "Large Networks and Graph Limits" by László Lovász. On the page 18 he said the following: One cannot construct more than countably many independent random variables (in a ...
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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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Transformations of RV's Ensuring Absolute Continuity of Quantile Functions

Given a real random variable $X$, suppose $T:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ is non-decreasing. Define $Y=T\left(X\right)$. Let $Q_{X}$, $Q_{Y}$ be the corresponding right-continuous quantile functions. ...
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Uncountable family of random variables

Let $\{ \xi _a \}_{a \in [0;1]}$ be a family of independent uniformly distributed on $[0;1]$ random variables on some probability space $(\Omega, \mathscr{F},P)$, indexed by a continuous parameter. ...
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Uniqueness of the transformation turning random variables into IID uniform

We have two random variable $X:\Omega \to \mathbb R $ and $Y: \Omega \to \mathbb R^d, d \in \mathbb N$, $F_Y$ is the density function of $Y$ and $F_{X|Y=y}$ is a regular density function of $X$ ...
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Random variables that span copies of $\ell_p$

Consider the coin-toss measure $\mu$ on $\{0,1\}^\mathbb{N}$. Within this framework it is easy to construct a sequence of independent, symmetric Bernoulli random variables. Indeed the point-evaluation ...
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What is the distribution of $\sqrt{X^2+Y^2}$ when $X$ and $Y$ are Gaussian but correlated?

If $Z = \sqrt{X^2+Y^2}$, and $X$ and $Y$ are zero-mean i.i.d. normally-distributed random variables, then $Z$ is Rayleigh distributed. What is the distribution of $Z$ if $X$ and $Y$ are correlated ...
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expectation value for minimum distance between random variables

note: edited to clarify boundary issue Suppose $x_i$, $i=1\dots n$, are randomly drawn from a uniform circular distribution between 0 and 1 (using periodic boundaries). Let $d_i$ be the distance ...
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Properties of characteristic functions under statistical dependence

Given random variables $X,Y,Z$,and $\phi(.)$ denoting the characteristic function, I can see that the following is true when $Z$ is independent of $X,Y$: $|\phi_{X+Z,Y} (t, s) − \phi_{X+Z}(t)f_{Y} ...
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Random sphere-valued fields

I would like to generate random functions from an $m$-sphere $S^m$ to an $n$-sphere $S^n$ that are not too wild, some kind of generalization of random Gaussian fields. More precisely, I want $f(x)$, ...
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Applying PCA on covariance matrix in order to generate a new random variable.

Let $\mathbf{x}$ be a random $n\times1$ real vector, $\mathbf{x}\in\Bbb{R}^n$, which is distributed normally with mean $\bar{\mathbf{x}}$ and covariance matrix $\Sigma_x\in\Bbb{R}^{n\times n}$, i.e. ...
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Exsistence of random variable $U[-1,1]$

I have problems with the following question: Let X be the random variable such that $X\sim U[-1,1]$. Does there exsist a random variable Y, independent to X, such that $X+Y\sim 2Y$? I thought that ...
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Discrete Time Two sided Gaussian Random Walk : Hitting Time Distribution

I am looking at the hitting time of a two sided Gaussian random walk i.e. $S_{n}=\sum_{i=1}^{n}X_{i}$ where $X_{i}$ are i.i.d normally distributed random variables. The hitting time is ...
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Sigma algebra generated by a homeomorphic random variable

Let $\Omega = [0,1]$ be our probability space with sigma algebra of borel sets on $[0,1]$ and Lebesgue measure on $[0,1]$. Let Y be a random variable such that $Y(\omega) = Y(1-\omega)$ for every ...
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Calculation of Conditional Expectation $\Bbb E[f(X)\mid Y]$

$\newcommand{\Cov}{\operatorname{Cov}}$and thank you for taking the time to read this. :) My question is about evaluating $\Bbb E[f(X) \mid Y]$ (a random variable in $Y$). There's plenty online (and ...
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Skorohod representation theorem

Assume $X_n$ are random variables such that $\mathbb{P}(X_n \leq B)=1$ for some random variable $B$. Assume also $X_n \Rightarrow X$ ($X_n$ converges weakly to $X$). By the skorohod representation ...
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Identifying the joint distribution from some values of $t \cdot X$

Suppose that $S$ is a subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $X, Y$ are $\mathbb{R}^n$ valued RVs. We already know that $X$ and $Y$ are equidistributed iff $t \cdot X=^d t\cdot Y$ for all $t \in \mathbb{R}^n$. ...
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Is Hoeffding's bound tight in any way?

The inequality: $$\Pr(\overline X - \mathrm{E}[\overline X] \geq t) \leq \exp \left( - \frac{2n^2t^2}{\sum_{i=1}^n (b_i - a_i)^2} \right) $$ Is this bound (or any other form of hoeffding) tight in ...
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A Fibonacci like Stochastic process

Let $X_0, X_1$ and $\{a_n,n\geq0\}$ are i.i.d. $\sim $Bernoulli$(1/2)$ taking values in $\{0,2\}$. Let us define $X_n$ for $n>1$ as below$$X_{n+1}=a_nX_n+a_{n-1}X_{n-1},\ n\geq1 $$ Then it follows ...
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Characteristic functions of random variables (Poisson, Gamma, etc.)

My self-study in measure and probability theory as finally brought me to the subject of characteristic functions, and I have not handled these in the past with any rigor at all, so all of this is ...
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$P(|X_1+X_2|<x)\le P(|X_1|<x)$ for every independent centered continuous $X_1$ and $X_2$?

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be zero mean independent continuous random variables. Then, is it true that $P(|X_1+X_2|<x)\le P(|X_1|<x)$. The intuition is that summing independent variables increase ...
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Trace of power of random matrix / sum of random variables with semicircle distribution

I want to calculate the expectation value for the trace of the $m$-th power of the $n\times n$ adjacency matrix $A$ of a large Erdos-Renyi random graph (without self-coupling, i.e., all diagonal ...
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What does $\Bbb E[X|Y]\Bbb E[Y]$ simplify to?

My Goal I am trying to figure out what $\Bbb E[X|Y]\Bbb E[Y]$ simplifies to. My Work So Far I have the following train of thought $$\Bbb E[X|Y] = \sum_i x_i \Bbb P(X=x_i|Y=y_j)$$ $$\Bbb E[Y] = ...
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If $X_n\nearrow X$ then $E(X_n)\rightarrow E(X)$?

Let $(X_n)$ be an increasing sequence of real valued integrable rvs on a probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},P)$, such that $(X_n)$ converges ae to some rv $X$. Is it true that $E(X_n)\rightarrow ...
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Random Variable: Ordered List of ints.

You are given an ordered list of integers : 1, 2, ...100. You then randomly permute (reorder) the integers. a.) Define a random variable that indicates whether or not a pair of integers in the list ...
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Sum of inverse chi squared random variables

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two i.i.d. random variables that follow an inverse chi squared distribution. Let $\nu$ be the corresponding degrees of freedom parameter. What is the distribution of the sum ...
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A sequence converging to 0 in probability times a sequence bounded in probability

I'm trying to prove the following from Lehman's "Elements of Large Sample Theory" Lemma 2.3.1: If the sequence $\{Y_n, n=1,2,\ldots\}$ is bounded in probability and if $\{C_n\}$ is a sequence of ...
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Convergence in distribution, in $L^p$ and convergence of first and second moments

For some application, we have the following three assumptions about a sequence of Random Variables $X_n$ (with values in $\mathbb{R}^+$, $n \geq 1$: There exists a $X \geq 0$ such that a) $X_n ...
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The boundedness of a certain sequence of expectations

In Bálint Tóth's paper, "No More Than Three Favourite Sites for Simple Random Walk", while proving one of the many technical lemmas in his theorem's proof, he makes the following claim: suppose for ...
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Uniformly sampling points from inside a region of cube

Let the dimension n=200 be fixed. The problem I am interested in is sampling points in n-dimensional Euclidean space uniformly from the region $$ \sum_{i=1}^{n} x_{i}\leq 1, $$ where $0\leq ...
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Limiting sequence of exponential random variables

Let $\eta_k$ be i.i.d. random variables having an exponential distribution, $$F_\lambda(x) = P(\eta_k \leq x) = 1-e^{-\lambda x}$$ for $x \geq 0$. Consider a sequence $\xi_k = ...
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Why the case of independence of random variables is more important than any other specific type of dependence?

Maybe a stupid question but why is the case of independence of, say, two random variables $X$ and $Y$ is in some ways considered to be more ``central'' or more important than any other type of fixed ...
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What is the Skewness of a Geometric Brownian Motion?

Consider a GBM : $$S(t) = S(0)\exp\left({(\mu-\frac{1}{2}\sigma^2) t + \sigma W_t}\right)$$ $$d\log S(t) = (\mu-\frac{1}{2}\sigma^2) t + \sigma dW_t$$ $$\frac{d S(t)}{S(t)} = \mu t + \sigma ...
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Linear combination of i.i.d random variables

We say that a random variable $X$ satisfies the $(\alpha,\beta)-$condition for some $\alpha>0$ and $\beta>0$ if $$\mathbb{P}(|X|<t)<\alpha t\text{ and }\mathbb{P}(|X|>t)<e^{-\beta ...
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PDF of Random Variable $\sin\alpha \cdot \cos\beta$ with $\alpha,\beta$ uniform

As part of a bigger problem, I want to compute the probability density $f_Z(z)$ of $$Z = \sin\alpha \cdot \cos\beta$$ where $\alpha, \beta$ are random variables, independently and uniformly ...
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Book on Convergence Concepts in Probability without Measure Theory

I am looking for a comprehensive book on Probability which discusses Convergence of Random Variables in detail, excluding portions of Measure Theory. Allan Gut's "Probability: A Graduate Course" seems ...
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Estimating the support of a probability density function

The inverse moment problem deals with the reconstruction of a probability density function (PDF) of a random variable (RV) by means of its statistical moments. In the special case of the Hausdorff ...
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Rao-Cramer lower bound regularity condition and dominated convergence

Let $(\mathcal{X}, \mathcal{F}, (\mathbb{P}_\vartheta)_{\vartheta \in \Theta})$ be a statistical model dominated by a sigma-finite measure $\mu$ with Likelihood-function $L(\vartheta, x)$ which is ...
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Central Limit Theorem for independent but non identically distributed random variables

My question is the following: Given the sum of R.V.s, $Z_N = X_1 + X_2 + ... +X_N $, where $X_i$ are independent, Rice distributed ($X_i\sim Rice(\mu_i,\sigma) $), is there any way to approximate ...
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Simple random walk conditioning on non-return

Consider a simple symmetric random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$, $(S_t)_{t \geq 0}$, with $S_0=0$. Let $k$ and $j$ be two positive integers. Let $P_{k,j}$ be the probability that the walker hits the vertex ...
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Almost sure limit of $\log(X_1 + X_2 + … + X_n) - \log(n)$

Let $X_n$ be an i.i.d. sequence of positive random variables with expectation 2 and variance 1. What is the almost sure limit of $$\log(X_1 + X_2 + ... + X_n) - \log(n)$$ as $n \to \infty$ Would it ...
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Problem with the expectation of a maximum of independent gamma distributed random variables

Having a problem with the expectation of the maximum among $n$ independent random variables $ X_1, X_2 \dots X_n$ all ~ the same class of distributions but not necessarily the same mean and other ...
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Covariance matrix and Gaussian i.i.d. random variables

I have a set $X = \left \{ X_i | i \in (1,n) \wedge X_i \text{ is a random variable} \right \} $ Does $\forall i \in (1,n ), X_i \text{ follows a normal distribution} $ implies that ...
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Intuition behind (statistical) completeness

I was wondering if any of the members of the MSE community would like to share his/her intuition about completeness in statistics. For the sake of "completeness", here's the definition, taken from ...
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Relation between standard deviation and mean in random processes

In a Poisson distribution the square of the standard deviation $\sigma$ is equal to mean $\mu$ ($\sigma^2=\mu$) and in a binomial distribution $\sigma ^2=\mu\,(1-p)$ (with $p$ the probability of ...
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Intuition of $ P( X = a) $ for a continuous random variable?

Let $(\Omega, {\cal B}, P )$ be a probability space, $( \mathbb{R}, {\cal R} )$ the usual measurable space of reals and its Borel $\sigma$- algebra, and $X : \Omega \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ a random ...
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Joint distribution between a uniform random variable and a function which is “almost” independent from it

Motivation Let $f(\cdot)$ be a (possibly randomized) function, such that for any random variable $X$ (taking values from a finite set $D$), $X$ and $f(X)$ are statistically independent. Let $U, U_1, ...
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How many independent random variables can be defined over a standard probability space.

Consider the probability space $(0,1)$ equipped with the Borel $\sigma$-algebra and the uniform-distribution as the probability. Is there a set of independent random variables defined on it with the ...
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Squares of random binary matrices

Are there results/techniques pertaining to the analysis of squares of random matrices ? More specifically, let $A$ be an $n\times n$ matrix such that each entry is $1$ or $-1$ independently and with ...