Mathematical statistics is the study of statistics from a mathematical standpoint, using probability theory as well as other branches of mathematics such as linear algebra and analysis.

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M.SE reputation distribution

What distribution does the reputation points per user follow on math.SE (or on entire stackexchange)? Is there a mathematical explanation/model of it?
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With $n$ balls and $n$ bins, what is the probability that exactly $k$ bins have exactly $1$ ball?

I've got a balls and bins problem. Suppose I throw $n$ balls uniformly at random into $n$ bins. What is the probability that exactly $k$ bins end up with exactly $1$ ball? I know this seems a ...
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Is there a simple test for uniform distributions?

I have a function that (more or less) is supposed to select a small number $m$ of random numbers from the range $[1,n]$ (for some $n \gg m$) and I need to test that it work. Is there an easy to ...
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Does variance do any good to gambling game makers?

People always like to evaluate the variance, but is there any way for variance to be interesting to the gambling game makers? In another word, what is a pratical gambling game that involving some ...
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sum of squares of dependent gaussian random variables

Ok, so the Chi-Squared distribution with n degrees of freedom is the sum of the squares of n independent gaussian random variables. The trouble is, my gaussian random variables are not independent. ...
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Why are additional constraint and penalty term equivalent in ridge regression?

Tikhonov regularization (or ridge regression) adds a constraint that $\|\beta\|^2$, the $L^2$-norm of the parameter vector, is not greater than a given value (say $c$). Equivalently, it may solve ...
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The pseudoness of pseudorandom number generators

Is there a reasonable statistic test one can do to standard random number generators (say, one of those that come built in in Python libs) which shows they are not really random? (By reasonable I ...
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What is the equation used to calculate a linear trendline?

In excel it is done automatically but how to manually calculate a linear trendline over a set of points?
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What is the difference between probability and statistics?

Is it that probability is top-down (going from pure distributions to predictions about events) and statistics is bottom-up (going from specific events to predicting pure distributions?) I'm pretty ...
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What is the relationship between the Boltzmann distribution and information theory?

I'm reading a paper on Boltzmann machines (a type of neural network in Machine Learning), and it mentions that "The Boltzmann distribution has some beautiful mathematical properties and it is ...
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How can you trust a bettor?

Two friends of mine are trying to convince me that they are good at betting. They infact have a certain profit after n bets. They provided me with all the bets they have made so far: odds, outcome and ...
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Finding a more direct way to reach $\mathbb{E} \left( \sum (X_i - \mu)^2 \right) - \mathbb{E} \left( \sum (X_i - \overline{X})^2 \right) = \sigma^2$

Let $X_i$ be independent random variables, $\forall\,i \in \mathbf{n} \equiv \{0,\dots,n-1\}$, with identical expectation value $\mathbb{E}(X_i)=\mu$, and identical variance ...
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Hyper Birthday Paradox?

There are $N$ buckets. Each second we add one new ball to a random bucket - so at $t=k$, there are a total of $k$ balls collectively in the buckets. At $t=1$, we expect that at least one bucket ...
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Number of moves necessary to solve rubic's cube by pure chance

Suppose, random moves are made to solve rubic's cube. A move consists of a $90$-degree-rotation of some side. The starting position is also random. What is $E(X)$, where $X$ is the number of moves ...
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Is there a closed form expression for $\int_{- \infty}^\infty \int_{-\infty}^y \frac{1}{2 \pi} e^{-(1/2) ( x^2+y^2 )} \mathrm{d}x\,\mathrm{d}y$?

I have been trying to evaluate the integral: $$\int_{- \infty}^\infty \int_{-\infty}^y \frac{1}{2 \pi} e^{-(1/2) ( x^2+y^2 )}\mathrm {d}x\,\mathrm{d}y$$ I know of course that the integral equals ...
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What is the deepest / most interesting known connection between Trigonometry and Statistics?

I'm teaching both at the same time to different classes in high school, so I just wondered about this. Added by OP on 16.May.2011 (Beijing time) I mean Statistics only, without Probability. In ...
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Expected Value of R squared

Let $n$ be a fixed positive integer. Generate $n$ numbers $x_1, x_2, ..., x_n$ from the set $[0,1]$, with the probability distribution being the uniform one and the $x_i$ all being independent of each ...
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easy to implement method to fit a power function (regression)

I want to fit to a dataset a power function ($y=Ax^B$). What is the best and easiest method to do this. I need the $A$ and $B$ parameters too. I'm using in general financial data in my project, which ...
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How would I figure out how many anagrams of mississippi don't contain the word psi?

I'm really confused how I'd calculate this. I know it's the number of permutations of mississippi minus the number of permutations that contain psi, but considering there's repetitions of those ...
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comparing distribution of two data sets

I need to compare the distribution (unknown) of a set of data to the distribution of another one (unknown). In particular, I want to check for equality of the two distributions. What are some ...
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Applications of information geometry to the natural sciences

I am contemplating undergraduate thesis topics, and am searching for a topic that combines my favorite areas of analysis, differential geometry, graph theory, and probability, and that also has ...
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Recommend a statistics fundamentals book

To give you some background, I have a grasp on the basics of statistics and probability theory and even remember touching Bayes theorem at the university data mining course. But being a few years away ...
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In what sense is the Jeffreys prior invariant?

I've been trying to understand the motivation for the use of the Jeffreys prior in Bayesian statistics. Most texts I've read online make some comment to the effect that the Jeffreys prior is ...
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Is Entropy = Information circular or trivial?

I have seen several "maximum entropy distributions" used in the mathematical and statistical literature, often with the justification that they are "minimally informed" beyond the assumptions and data ...
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On the probability of obtaining 27 sets in the card game Set

For people not familiar with the card game Set, see its entry on Wikipedia and/or one of the related questions here on Math SE. It might be faster to just play the game a couple of times though, see ...
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Looking for references related to an inequality in order statistics

I was reading the paper "on the minimum of several random variables". In example 10 item (ii) it states: Let $1\leq k\leq n$. Let $g_i,i\leq n$, be independent $N(0,1)$ Gaussian random variables. ...
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Maximum likelihood and sufficient statistics

$$f_T(t;B,C) = \frac{\exp(-t/C)-\exp(-t/B)}{C-B}$$ where our mean is $C+B$ and $t>0$. so far i have found my log likelihood functions and differentiated them as follows: $$dl/dB = ...
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Proof of $\frac{(n-1)S^2}{\sigma^2} \backsim \chi^2_{n-1}$

It's a standard result that given $X_1,\cdots ,X_n $ random sample from $N(\mu,\sigma^2)$, the random variable $$\frac{(n-1)S^2}{\sigma^2}$$ has a chi-square distribution with $(n-1)$ degrees of ...
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Why is polynomial regression considered a kind of linear regression?

Why is polynomial regression considered a kind of linear regression? This is what I mean by polynomial regression. For example, the hypothesis function is $$h(x; t_0, t_1, t_2) = t_0 + t_1 x + t_2 ...
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How come in statistics there is very little justification for the formulas used and proofs are almost nonexistent [closed]

I don't understand why people accept certain formulas in statistics without a mathematical proof style argument. You see this a lot in statistics textbooks and unfortunately this spills over with the ...
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How to accurately calculate the error function erf(x) with a computer?

I am looking for an accurate algorithm to calculate the error function I have tried using [this formula] (http://stackoverflow.com/a/457805) (Handbook of Mathematical Functions, formula ...
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A statistical approach to the prisoners problem

Two days ago, I found this problem on reddit (I didn't have access to reddit when I did the math, so I did it with 24 instead of 23, and I decided the warden picked someone every day, not "whenever he ...
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If I flip a coin 1000 times in a row and it lands on heads all 1000 times, what is the probability that it's an unfair coin?

Consider a two-sided coin. If I flip it $1000$ times and it lands heads up for each flip, what is the probability that the coin is unfair, and how do we quantify that if it is unfair? Furthermore, ...
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What is degree of freedom in statistics?

In statistics, degree of freedom is widely used in regression analysis, ANOVA and so on. But, what is degree of freedom ? Wikipedia said that The number of degrees of freedom is the number ...
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Intuition about the Central Limit Theorem

I'm studying statistics, and would like to better understand the Central Limit Theorem. The proof I found on Wikipedia requires some previous knowledge I do not currently possess. Is there a quick ...
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distribution of $X^2 + Y^2$

Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are independent uniform distributions between $(0,1)$. What is the distribution of $X^2 + Y^2$? I derived that the pdf of $X^2$ is $\frac{1}{2\sqrt{x}}$ for $0\leq x \leq 1$. How ...
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Great Book on Probability and Statistics (for Computer Scientists)

I'm a Computer Science sophomore and we're studying Probability and Statistics (fundamentals and all). The teacher recommends a book which I don't like since it does not even try and explain ...
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Monotonic behavior of a function

I have the following problem related to a statistics question: Prove that the function defined for $x\ge 1, y\ge 1$, ...
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What is the intuition behind the generalized confidence interval?

What is the intuition behind the generalized confidence interval? My best description on GCI that it is the way to derive a formula to calcuate the area of the center region in a asymetry distribution ...
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Heavy-tailed distributions

I have encountered the following two definitions of heavy-tailedness (right tail) for a $[0,\infty)$-valued random variable $X$ satisfying $\mathbb{E}[X]<\infty$: (i) ...
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Lies, damned lies, and statistics

A story currently in the U.S. news is that an organization has (in)conveniently had several specific hard disk drives fail within the same short period of time. The question is what is the likelihood ...
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Roll a fair die until a 6 appears for the third time. What is the chance that all six values have occurred?

The question in the title is a homework question that I have been stumped on for some time. My approach thus far was to treat it as an occupancy problem. From class we derived the following formula ...
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If half the population were murderers, and they could only kill once, how many would survive?

So here's the rules: Half the population are murderers Each murderer can only kill once We assume the nobody will fight back, and only murderers can murder Murderers can kill other murderers Only ...
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Arithmetic mean. Why does it work?

I've been using the formula for the arithmetic mean all my life, but I'm not sure why it works. My current intuition is this one: The arithmetic mean is a number that when multiplied by the number ...
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Unbiased Estimator for a Uniform Variable Support

Let $ x_i $ be iid observations in a sample from a uniform distribution over $ \left[ 0, \theta \right] $. Now I need to estimate $ \theta $ based on $N$ observations and I want the estimator to be ...
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Finding $E\left[\frac{\sum_{i=1}^n X_i^2}{(\sum_{i=1}^n X_i)^2}\right]$ of a sample of gamma random variables

Suppose $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ is a random sample from the $\Gamma(k,\lambda)$ distribution where $\lambda$ is unknown and $k$ is a positive integer and known. How can I find $$E\left[\frac{\sum_{i=1}^n ...
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How many times to roll a die before getting two consecutive sixes?

Basically, on average, how many times do you have to roll a fair six-sided die before getting two consecutive sixes?
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What is the expected number of dice one needs to roll to get any monotonically increasing series of 1 to 6?

Similar to: "What is the expected number of dice one needs to roll to get 1,2,3,4,5,6 in order?" but we allow repeats so 1,1,2,2,3,4,4,4,4,5,5,6 would count. My answer (or simulation) is flawed as I ...
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I roll 6-sided dice until the sum exceeds 50. What is the expected value of the final roll?

I roll 6-sided dice until the sum exceeds 50. What is the expected value of the final roll? I am not sure how to set this one up. This one is not homework, by the way, but a question I am making up ...
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Is pi lying on the ground, and on TV?

Consider the leaves from a bunch of trees in a terraced plaza in the Autumn. It may well happen that the tiles of the terrace are squares whose length easily exceeds the length of the stem of the ...