Questions relating to (pseudo)randomness, random oracles, and stochastic processes.

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Divergence of series

Given that a is a non 0 real number and ck is a series of real number for all k natural number where $\sum_{k= 1}^{\infty} c_k^2 = \infty $. If $c_k \to 0$, proof that $lim _{n \to ...
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Distribution of numbers $n = \max(x, y)$ where $x, y$ are random numbers between $0$ and $1$

I define a function $$f = \max(\mbox{rand}(0, 1), \mbox{rand}(0, 1))$$ such that $f$ returns the maximum (greater number) of two random selected numbers between $0$ and $1$. Plotting a histogram for ...
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Variance of sample mean (problems with proof)

Assuming that I have $\{x_1,\ldots, x_N\}$ - an iid (independent identically distributed) sample size $N$ of observations of random variable $\xi$ with unknown mean $m_1$, variance (second central ...
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How do you count a grouping without a sequential count?

So, rather than explaining how this problem pertains to the actual situation I think its easier and a great deal less work to give you a situation that you can visualize. Imagine a person who has ...
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Analogous of Markov's inequality for the lower bound

Consider a positive random variable $X$ and call $E[X]$ its expectation. For any positive $a \in \mathbb{R}$, an upper bound for the probability of $P(X>a)$ is provided by the Markov's Inequality, ...
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Random conversions

I came across a question in StackOverflow which states the following, all is based on natural numbers: Given the function rand5 (which produces random natural numbers 0-4), use it to generate a rand7 ...
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How do you calculate randomness?

Suppose I receive a list of 1 million coinflips, and I want to know how likely it is that the list was randomly generated. My first thought would be to count the number of heads and tails, which ...
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Derivative of stochastic process

I have a set of data of a random process (one sample path). The process is sampled every 10 min and each sample is a 10 min average from a sensor. I can compute the statistics of the random process, ...
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Is there a name for the following random process?

I have a random process which seems to oscillate between extremes in terms of trending but which is locally like a Brownian motion or a fractional Brownian motion. Is there a name for such a ...
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What is the meaning $P[\frac{1}{n}\sum_{k=1}^{n}Z_k \le \frac{1}{2}\text{ for infinitely many }n]=0$

Let $Z_1, Z_2,\ldots$ be independent identically distributed (i.i.d) binary variables with $P[Z_i = 1] = 1-\alpha $ for some $\alpha > \frac{1}{2}$. Using the transformation $X_i=2Z_i-1$ together ...
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Generating a random combination in O(k)?

I need to generate a "fair" random combination of $k$ items chosen from $n$ choices. All the algorithms I've been able to find so far (reservoir sampling, Fisher-Yates shuffle, ...) are of $O(n)$ ...
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Inequality on probability of the sum of random variables

For Independent random variables $X_{i}$ can we write down the following inequality? $$\Pr \left\{ {{X_1} + {X_2} + ... + {X_n} \le k} \right\} \le \Pr \left\{ {{X_1} \le k} \right\}\Pr \left\{ {{X_2} ...
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Random process of the form $X(t)=A^t$ where $A$ is a given random variable

We’re going to look at a random process, which is a sequence of random process, which is a sequence of random variables that depend on time. Let $X(t)=A^t$ where $A$ has the density $f_A (a)=(3/8) ...
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Probability of random assignment to form pairs

So the question goes: I have 100 individuals and 100 different buses, and I randomly assigned each individual to sit on a bus (each bus has equal probability of being selected). How many buses are ...
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Show equalities of random variables

In the text we showed that a geometrically distributed random variable W has the lack of memory property. Now assume that the range of W is {1,2,3...} and that P(W = j + 1|W>j} = p for j = ...
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random number generation from joint distribution where marginal are independents and known

Let $f(x,y)$ be the joint distribution of $X$ and $Y$, where $X$ and $Y$ are both positive and continuous. I can decompose the joint distribution as $f(x,y)=f(x|y) \, f(y)$ and I can easily generate ...
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Random 3D points uniformly distributed on an ellipse shaped window of a sphere

How can I generate random points uniformly distributed on the surface of a sphere such that a line that originates at the center of the sphere, and passes through one of the points, will intersect a ...
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Sum of Binomial Coefficient products

I am trying to prove that $$\sum\limits_{y=0}^d \frac{{2x \choose y} {2d-2x \choose d-y} }{2d \choose d} = x $$ So far, I have tried using induction on $d$ but I am having trouble using the ...
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How can I use a Gamma Random Variable to Aproach the Expected value of a exponential random variable function?

I´m working on trying to approach the value of $E\left[ \dfrac{e^x}{x+1} \right]$. Where $x$ is an exponential random variable. All that data I have to work with is a gamma random variable with ...
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Solved - Use Random Number to Derive # based on Probability Table

Update I was able to derive the algorithm and implement it into excel. Thanks for the formula. Something like: ((z-xlbound)/d(x)*d(y))+ylbound See original sheet at end of post Original Post ...
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How to check if a sequence is random?

When I was thinking about various types of pseudo-randomness, the following question struck me: Suppose that a sequence $a_n \in \{0,1\}$ is given. Is there a way to check if it is genuinely ...
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Are humans capable of thinking of a series of random numbers? [closed]

I read in a book today ( the computer music tutorial by curtis roads), that humans are not capable of imagining any long series of truly random numbers. Apparently, the only way to generate a series ...
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What is the test of for randomness

How do you tell if a large sequential sample taken from a 0-1 rectangular parent - and presented as random - is truly random?
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Selecting a random orthogonal polygon

For a certain demo application, I want to create at random a rectilinear polygon with a given number of corners. Selecting random $x$ and $y$ coordinates of each corner is not a good method, since ...
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Expected Value of Identically distributed random variables

I have a very quick question regarding the expected value of two random variables $X,Y$ that are identically distributed and not necessarly independent. Is this equation valid? $E[XY]=E[X^2]$ If ...
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The probability that uniformly distributed integers sum to a given integer

A recent CTF had a problem involving the summation of randomly distributed integers. Specifically: Consider a set $\{X_m\}$ of $M$ integers uniformly selected (with replacement) from the set of ...
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What does one-cut random matrix mean?

I am quite new to random matrix theory and recently I encountered the so-called "one-cut random matrix model" and even "two-cut" in physics. So what exactly does it mean?
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Random number distribution from a different distribution

Suppose I have a random number generator that generates random numbers $x$ with a normal distribution $p(x) \propto e^{-x^2}$ (modulo normalization, but lets keep it simple). Now, out of these ...
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Is it possible to use multiple time scale algorithm here?

Suppose a random sequence is being generated (the next term generated depends on the previous term, but we don't know any distribution) until we hit some specific number. We want to calculate the ...
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Generate random results in a continuous field

How can we generate random results for a field like economical predictions where there is no limited number of results (contrary to a coin with 2 results) and also contrary to a random walk with steps ...
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How Many Unique Character String Can Be Made From 62 Characters?

I'm working on a programming algorithm and need a little math help. I'm in 10th grade and I think the question I'm asking is actually a permutation and combination logic question. Okay, so I've 62 ...
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Is the product of uniformly distributed numbers, uniformly distributed too?

My question is simple, I think. If we took two random natural numbers $a$ and $b$ uniformly distributed in a specific range $[c,d]$, is $ab$ a uniformly distributed too? What if $a$ and $b$ are not ...
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How to find out number of possible outcomes by trying over and over?

While working on my network exploration tool project, I've ran across the problem of reliably determining number of possible exit addresses of a tunnel with single entrance. I've came up with ...
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What it means by “asymptotic normality” properties of a random matrix?

I know that for the case of a random variable and a random vector, one can using (multivariate) density of normal distribution and concepts of convergence to define an asymptotic normality of a random ...
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Understanding Sobol sequences

Can someone explain to me in simple terms, how Sobol sequences work? The wikipedia article is fairly technical. They look pretty interesting. So I shall describe (whatever little I know) in short the ...
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Distribution of cut-off pseudo random numbers via linear congruential generator

I am currently using congruential prng as described here: Wikipedia. Now I need pseudo random numbers in the interval $[0, N), n < m$ where $m$ is the divisor of the modulus calculation. I want to ...
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Is the probability of variable independence = 0?

I understand the concept of independence to be dichotomous- events are either independent or dependent. And while there are infinitely many ways for events to be dependent and only one way to be ...
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What is the expected value of this sum (drawing slips from a bag)?

Suppose there are thirteen slips in a bag, labelled 1-13. If I draw a 10, 11, 12, or 13 then I stop adding to the sum and return the sum. If not, I add the number I draw to the current sum and place ...
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Dimensional Consistency in Grids used in Optimization

I am working on an optimization problem in the research I am doing and my partner and I have found that in order to quickly converge on a solution using a specific PSO (the firefly algorithm - it's ...
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Find the probability $P[ x(t) \le 1]$ where $x(t)$ is a filtered Poisson process (rect pulses)

I can't understand the following question: "The random process x(t) is defined as $$x(t) = \sum_{n=- \infty}^{+\infty} rect(\frac{t-\tau_{n}}{T}) \quad ,\quad t \ \epsilon \ (R)$$ where {$\tau_{n}$} ...
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The probability of getting a certain image by random pixelation

Well, seeing that I'm terribly bad at math I don't know how to solve this, I'll try to explain, excuse me if I sound dumb. Just suppose that I've got a photo/image with 320x240 resolution and 24 bit ...
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Making 400k random choices from 400k samples seems to always end up with 63% distinct choices, why?

I have a very simple simulation program, the sequence is: Create an array of 400k elements Use a PRNG to pick an index, and mark the element (repeat 400k times) Count number of marked elements. An ...
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Random points inside a convex polytope

Given a convex polytope, defined by set of vertices $P = \{\mathbf{x}^{(i)}\}_{i = 1}^n, x^{(i)} = (x^{(i)}_1, x^{(i)}_2, \dots, x^{(i)}_d): \operatorname{conv}(P) = P$. How to generate uniformely ...
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Randomness in a sequence

For a function $f$ consider a random sequence $a_{n+1}$ can be either $a_n+f(a_n)$ or $a_n-f(a_n)$ Given that the next term in the sequence is subtracting $f(a_n)$ from the previous term 50% of the ...
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What is golden ratio doing in this computer code?

In this file (related to random number generation), there is following line: private const int MSEED = 161803398; which reminds on golden ratio. How come ...
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Apparent Paradox in the Idea of Random Numbers

This question is a bit less than rigorous, but it's only because I don't know how to formulate it rigorously. Suppose there was some machine, or function, or whatever that could output a random ...
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Spherical Sampling of Projected Disk

Given a 2D solid disk centered at some 3D point $\vec{x}$ with radius $r$ and normal $\vec{N}$, I need to compute a random unit vector from the origin that hits the disk. The vector needs to be ...
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PRNG to generate a known set of values

Say I want the first N numbers generated by PRNG to be some list [n1, n2, n3, n1, nx...]. Is there any way to accomplish this (basically find the appropriate seed ...
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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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All combinations for a picking from a set of three colored balls

I can't find this exact question. The specific question I have is this: If you have a bag with one red, one blue, and one green ball, the chance of picking any particular one is 1/3. Simple enough. ...