Questions about the statistical process of sampling from a population, in order to obtain information for use in statistical learning, estimation, hypothesis testing about some population or process.

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Mean & SD of Sampling Distribution

A population consists of $4$ numbers $\{0, 2, 4, 6\}$. Consider drawing a random sample of size $n = 2$ with replacement. (a) What is the sampling distribution of $\bar x$? Is this a normal ...
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Deriving the variance of the sample mean $\mathrm{Var} (\bar{y})=\frac{1}{n}(1-\frac{n}{N})S^2$

For a population of size $N$ with a simple random sample size $n$ derive the formula $$\mathrm{Var}(\bar{y})=\frac{1}{n}\left(1-\frac{n}{N}\right)S^2$$ where $S^2$ is the population variance. Hint: ...
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What are incoherent matrices

What does incoherence means in terms of matrices? I am brushing on some compressive sampling theory and I did not find any easy to understand or straight forward answer about what does the word ...
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Test for Validity of Artificial Samples

I have a model that actually is learned from some observed samples. Then I use the model to generate several artificial data. My question is: Which test should I use to test if the data is of the ...
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Variance of a Population of Two Indpendent Random Variables

I have a question regarding a problem I'm looking at out of personal curiosity. Here is the basic setup of the problem: There is a population that contains half of type A, and half of type B. The ...
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Approaching a desired but infeasible distribution when constructing a sample

Suppose you have $N$ balls in $C$ different colors, and a "desired" distribution of those $C$ colors (eg 20% red, 80% blue). Your task is to build a sample (not really a random sample per se) of $S$ ...
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Sample uniform direction within cone

My question is pretty much the same as this question below, however I came up with a potential solution to this problem that I didn't see an answer to in the other question and I was wondering if it ...
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the random heights of north american women

The heights of North American women are normally distributed with a mean of 64 inches and a standard deviation of 2 inches. A random sample of four women is selected. What is the probability that the ...
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Generate samples from other samples

Given a family of continuous random samples $(x_i)_{i \in I}$ that approximate some unknown probability distribution. How can I generate more samples that fit to the same unknown distibution? ...
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Uniform sampling from part of sphere surface

I'd like to pose a question about uniform sampling on the surface of a sphere. I searched this site, and uniform sampling on a sphere surface seems to be quite a common problem. The common solution ...
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Monte Carlo estimator of the number of 1's in a very long binary sequence

Preface The question below is related to a problem I am working on, which requires counting the number of times a logic-valued function evaluates "TRUE" given an input value. The size of my input set ...
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Statistics - Lost with this question

I'm having trouble doing this question because I don't know where to begin. Could someone walk me through this slowly so that I understand the thought process and how to approach questions like this? ...
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Estimate correlation coefficient of unknown variable

Consider variable y depends on variable x and z linearly. I have $100$ sample values of $y$ and corresponding $x$ but don't have any values of $z$. The functional model is $$y = \alpha_1x + \alpha_2z ...
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Use z confidence interval to estimate population proportion

Which of the following must be true of a sample in order for it to be appropriate to use a $z$ confidence interval to estimate the population proportion? (A) The sample is a random sample from the ...
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Point estimators via method of moments

Suppose $X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_n$ constitute a random sample drawn from a population which has a probability function given by $$\Pr[X = x] = \frac{1}{\mu} \left( 1 - \frac{1}{\mu} \right)^{x-1}, \quad ...
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How to approximate L^1[0,1] functions?

Do functions on a uniform grid with n points in the interval $[0,1]$ approximate $L^1[0,1]$ functions, as $n \to \infty$? I want to sample functions in $L^1[0,1]$ space numerically and I want to be ...
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Is Sample Covariance Tied to a Specific Distribution

In many sources on data analysis, the author(s) talk about calculating covariance of the data, and the formula is given as such $$ \Sigma = cov(X) = E[(X-E[X])(X-E[X])^T]$$ This formulation is given ...
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Sampling distribution with large sample size

As the sample size $n$ of a sampling distribution of sample means increases, the distribution becomes more normal. But if $n$ were the same size as the (finite) population, the "sampling" distribution ...
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The radial part of a normal distribution

I am reading a paper that asks me to sample $s_i$ from a distribution like this: $s_i \sim (2\pi)^{-\frac{d}{2}}A^{-1}_{d-1}r^{d-1}e^{-\frac{r^2}{2}}$ "Here the normalization constant $A_{d−1}$ ...
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Statistics - Uniform sample vs. Representative sample

I have a question concerning two different samples, with the first being more uniform that the second. a) Chance errors are likely to be smaller... using the first set of subjects using the second ...
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Sampling Distributions: Sample size of 1 vs Sample Size of m

I saw this example from a website Suppose there is a jar containing many gumballs, each with a unique number on it. The numbers range from 0 to 32 and there is an equal number of gumballs with ...
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Correct sampling methods for this data set / requirements

I am just looking for a push in the right direction as to what kind of sampling methods I can use to fulfill this set of sampling criteria. I had thought stratified sampling, but I'm not sure if ...
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Sampling random numbers with a certain condition.

I want to randomly sample three variables that are conditioned by $$x_1 \le x_2 \le x_3$$ and $x_1\in [0,\, \ell]$, $x_2\in [0,\, \ell-\ell_1]$ and $x_3 \in [0, \,\ell-\ell_1-\ell_2]$. I have only ...
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calculating an incoherence property

With respect to Matrix Completion and Compressive Sampling (CS) I'm trying to understand how to calculate an incoherence property μ between two bases Φ and Ψ. Getting this incoherence is important ...
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The mean and variance of the sample median

The population and the median of a sample sized $2k+1$ should have the same mean and variance. Why is that? Will the result still be so tidy for a sample sized $2k$?
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How do the Fourier Transform of sampling and the Frequency-domain convolution match?

The Fourier Transform(FT) is $X(\upsilon) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}x(t)e^{-2{\pi}i{\upsilon}t}dt$. The impulse train is $\delta_1(x)=\sum\limits_{k=-\infty}^{\infty}\delta(x-k)$, and its FT is ...
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Sampling without replacement

I've recently started studying statistics again, and I've just come across sampling without replacement. My book states that if we have a elements of type I and b elements of type II, then the ...
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Uniformly distributed points over the surface of the standard simplex

I would like to generate points that are uniformly distributed over the SURFACE of a standard $k$-simplex ($k$ dimensions, $k+1$ vertices). One way to efficiently generate points that are uniformly ...
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Minimum sample size to obtain population mean?

Knowing the average of a population, how could I evaluate an expected sample average based on k_sample? Data Info: Variance and standard deviation: $\sigma^2= 0.18500975256337462$ ...
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Sets and expectations

Imagine two sets $A = \{1, 2, \dots, a\}$ and $B = \{1, 2, 3, \dots, b\}$ with $a \leq b$. Let $f$ be a uniformly independently distributed random map $f:A\rightarrow B$ and $F = \bigcup_{i=1}^a ...
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Design effect due to survey weights

I have a quick question on design effects due to survey weights. I would like to ask help since I am stuck in some particular parts though. Here it is: Show that the following expressions for design ...
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How can i simplify the following term to get the right side?

$$\sum_{h=1}^{L}\frac{W_h^2S_h^2}{n_h}=\frac{1}{n}\sum_{h=1}^{L}{(W_hS_h)}^2$$ where, $n_h=\frac{n}{\sum_{h=1}^{L}N_hS_h}N_hS_h$ $\quad\text{and}\quad$ $W_h=\frac{N_h}{N}$ $\quad\text{and}\quad$ ...
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Proportional random sampling from a set of variable combinations

I have this table of variables, they can have the following values: $v_1 \in \{1,2\}$, $v_2 \in \{1,2,3\}$, $v_3 \in \{1,2,3,4\}$, I need to generate all the possible combinations $v_1v_2v_3$ of ...
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Central Limit Theorem Clarification [duplicate]

The Central Limit Theorem states that the sampling distribution of the sample mean: Converges in distribution to a normal distribution. Has an expected value (mean of the sampling distribution of ...
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Deriving Statistical quantites from other quantities

Studying for a statistics exam and I am stumped on the following: For a set of sample data, the following values were found. Fill in missing values Variable: X N: ? Mean: ? SE Mean: 2.05 StDev = ...
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Sample size from population?

This is probably very rudimentary maths, but given a strict population size ($N = 20$ for example), is the sample size any number $<N$? For use in calculation of confidence intervals using a ...
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Gibbs sampler for local linear trend model

Question: Consider the local linear trend model given by: \begin{align*} y_t = \mu_t + \tau \varepsilon_t \ \cdots \ \text{Observation equation} \\ \mu_{t+1} = \phi \mu_t + \eta_t \ \cdots \ ...
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unbiased estimator of the area of the circle

the radius of a circle is measured with an error of measurement which is distributed normal with mean $0$ and variance $\sigma^2$,$\sigma^2$ unknown.Given $n$ independent measurements of the radius , ...
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Can a sampling based method estimate how many species exist?

I've got in to a bit of a debate online and I'm hoping some people here can help clear it up. The position I'm arguing against is "It's impossible even come up with a ballpark estimate for how many ...
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What proportion are above x of sample size n where X ~ N(0,1) Homework

I have a homework question that I'm not quiet sure of. It follows as so: Consider a random variable $X$ that has a standard normal distribution with mean $\mu=0$ and standard deviation $\sigma=1$. ...
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Why Gibbs sampling needn't “remixing”

I am generating $\mathbf{x}^{(1)}, \mathbf{x}^{(2)}, \dots, \mathbf{x}^{(n)}$ using Gibbs sampling methods. So I want $\mathbf{x}^{(1)}, \mathbf{x}^{(2)}, \dots, \mathbf{x}^{(n)} \sim$ some ...
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Relation with $F$ distribution and $t$ distribution

If $X\sim F_{n,n}$ , then show that $$\frac{\sqrt n(\sqrt X-\frac{1}{\sqrt X})}{2}\sim t_n$$
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How many words do I know, extrapolated from a sample?

I would like to check my knowledge of foreign words by sampling a N words dictionnary: after checking randomly n words I would find that I know k of them (and do not know n-k). How should I choose n ...
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Uniform sampling of points on a simplex

I have this problem: I'm trying to sample the relation $$ \sum_{i=1}^N x_i = 1 $$ in the domain where $x_i>0\ \forall i$. Right now I'm just extracting $N$ random numbers $u_i$ from a uniform ...
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While describing sampling theorem, is it $f_s \ge 2 f_m$ or $f_s > 2 f_m$?

I have a doubt regarding sampling theorem. Sampling theorem states that if a band limited signal has to be recovered after sampling, then the sampling frequency $f_s$ should obey $f_s \ge 2 f_m$ ...
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Equivalent standard error for different populations

So I have population A and population B. The demographics are similar (assumes that the true expected value is the same in both populations). Population B, however, is twice the size of population A, ...
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Number of draws needed to get a positive element using a *weighted* sampling without replacement

Imagine we have $M$ elements, where some of them ($y$) are positive and the rest, $z=M-y$, are negative. The probability of drawing any of them is given by a distribution. Let's call $p_1$, $p_2$, ...
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Central limit theorem: question about √n and σ2

Still making (good) progress with my knowledge on statistic. Sorry if I ask lots of questions about this recently but I really like math.stachexchange and really appreciate the quality of the answers ...
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Interpreting the meaning of sampling distribution

I have asked a couple of questions related to statistics recently as I just started to study the topic again (I ignored my university course on statistics and I now eat my fingers in anger). I asked ...
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Required sample size to reduce the interval size by half

I have a small doubt regarding a statistics problem and would like a confirmation. If we want to reduce the length by half of the confidence interval (at 95%), we should: Multiply the size of the ...