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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What does it mean when a statistician says I’m 90% confident that the mean of the population is between 1 and 9?

Does that mean if I draw samples from the population that 90% of the time I'll get a number between 1 and 9? Added: assume normal distribution for the population.
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How to quantify the differencen between 2/4 and 20/40?

Assume I have two methods to do prediction. The first method makes 4 predictions and 2 out of 4 are correct. The second method makes 40 predictions and 20 out of 40 are correct. The prediction ...
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What is the expected number of runs of same color in a standard deck of cards?

Standard deck has $52$ cards, $26$ Red and $26$ Black. A run is a maximum contiguous block of cards, which has the same color. Eg. $(R,B,R,B,...,R,B)$ has $52$ runs. $(R,R,R,...,R,B,B,B,...,B)$ has ...
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Birthday “Paradox” - another, different, version!

Background Many people are familiar with the so-called Birthday "Paradox" that, in a room of $23$ people, there is a better than $50/50$ chance that two of them will share the same birthday. In its ...
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Probability density function of a product of uniform random variables

Let $z = xy$ be a product of two uniform random variables, with $x$ having the range $[a, b)$ and $y$ the range $[c, d)$. What is the probability density function of $z$, and how is it calculated?
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How do I calculate the odds of a given set of dice results occurring before another given set?

Dice odds seem simple at first glance, but I've never taken a Calculus based statistics course or game theory, and I think I may need to in order to solve some of the things I'm trying to solve. I can ...
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How does accuracy of a survey depend on sample size and population size?

Which survey is more accurate? Assume the samples are taken perfectly randomly. A sample of 100 people out of a population of 1000 (sample is 10% of population) A sample of 1000 people out of a ...
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Why do statisticians like “$n-1$” instead of “$n$”?

Does anyone have an intuitive explanation (no formulas, just words! :D) about the "$n-1$" instead of "$n$" in the unbiased variance estimator $$S_n^2 = \dfrac{\sum\limits_{i = 1}^n ...
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Zero correlation does not imply independence

I just learned that when discussing variables, although independence implies zero correlation zero correlation does not necessarily imply independence. While I understand the concept, I can't imagine ...
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What is a good measure of “controversy”, given a support score and opposition score?

Suppose I have a topic or discussion, and a number of "support" and "opposition" points on each side (You can also think of them as "upvotes" and "downvotes") and I want to calculate a score of how ...
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Defective items probability question.

Hi I'm working with probability as part of an engineering course, and I'm struggling with the following tutorial question: Components of a certain type are shipped to a supplier in batches of ten. ...
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What is the expected number of dice one needs to roll to get 1,2,3,4,5,6 in order?

If I have a fair die and throw it until I get a run of 1,2,3,4,5,6 in order, how many times on average must I throw the dice?
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Probability of duplicate GUID

A GUID (globally unique identifier) is a 32 character hexadecimal string: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globally_Unique_Identifier If you randomly generate 2, the chance of them being the same is ...
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What is the difference between all types of Markov Chains?

I have been looking for some good material covering Markov Chains but everything seems so difficult to me... After reading about the subject, I figured out that there is basically three kinds of ...
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What does the Big intersection or union sign of a set means?

Normally what I know is that you can make a union or an intersection between 2 sets. In this expression Its a big union of a set. I'm asking about the meaning of such expression, What does it mean. ...
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Maximum Likelihood Estimator for Multinomial.

Suppose that 50 measuring scales made by a machine are selected at random from the production of the machine and their lengths and widths are measured. It was found that 45 had both measurements ...
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What is continuity correction in statistics

Can someone please explain to me the idea behind continuity correction and when is it necessary to add or subtract $\dfrac{1}{2}$ from the desired number (how do we tell whether we need to add or ...
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Is there a way to check the correctness of your answer to a probability question?

In CS, there's a systematic way to check if your code is buggy or not as you write code. Is there a way to check the correctness of your answer to a probability question without using a textbook? For ...
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Function of a random variable: expectation

Let $\{X_i\}_{i=1}^n$ be a sequence of i.i.d. random variables (i.e. a random sample) with pdf: $$f_X(x) = e^{-(x-\theta)} \, e^{-e^{-(x-\theta)}} · \mathbf{1}_{x\in \mathbf{R}}$$ The goal is ...
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Expected Value of a Continuous Random Variable

I've been reviewing my probability and statistics book and just got up to continuous distributions. The book defines the expected value of a continuous random variable as: $E[H(X)] = ...
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A good book on Statistical Inference?

Anyone can suggest me one or more good books on Statistical Inference (estimators, UMVU estimators, hypotesis testing, UMP test, interval estimators, ANOVA one-way and two-way...) based on rigorous ...
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expectation of $ \left(\sum_{i=1}^n {x_i} \right)^2 $

If $x_i$ is exponentially distributed $(i=1,...,n)$ with parameter $\lambda$ and $x_i$'s are mutually independent, what is the expectation of $\left(\sum_{i=1}^n {x_i} \right)^2$ in terms of $n$ and ...
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Chances of someone being of a certain gender at websites

I have 2 of websites and I know the chances of a visitor being a female or male. Let's say I have 2 website where the chance of a new visitor being a female is 80%. If the visitor comes on website 1 ...
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How to find a confidence interval for a Maximum Likelihood Estimate

My cousin is at elementary school and every week is given a book by his teacher. He then reads it and returns it in time to get another one the next week. After a while we started noticing that he was ...
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Monte-Carlo for the Wasserstein metric

Let $(X,d)$ be some metric space and assume that $d\leq 1$. Further, let $\mu, $ $\nu$ be two Borel probability measures on $X$ and let $$ \Gamma(\mu,\nu) = \{\gamma - \text{measure on }X\times ...
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What is a confidence interval?

What are the nature and purpose of confidence intervals?
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sum of two independent exponential distribution

let $Y_1\sim \exp(\lambda_1)$ and $Y_2\sim \exp(\lambda_2)$ and $V=Y_1+Y_2$ Show that the pdf of $p_V(x)$ of $V$ has the following form ...
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The probability of a drunk person/random walk

A drunk person wonders aimlessly along a path by going forward 1 step and backward 1 step with equal probabilities of $\frac12$. a) After 10 steps, what is the probability that he has moved 2 steps ...
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Probability/Combinatorics Problem. A closet containing n pairs of shoes.

A closet contains n pairs of shoes. If 2r shoes are chosen at random, (where 2r < n), what is the probability that the chosen shoes will contain no matching pair? I have tried thinking about this ...
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Bag with infinite number of colored balls

Consider a situation with a bag with infinity number of balls. Each ball is of some color. Number of colors is finite but it is not known. Balls are drawn from the bag one by one and checked for the ...
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Statistics: Why do we divide by $\sqrt{n}$ for sample standard deviation

Can someone tell me if my explanations/understanding is on the right track? Suppose we have a set of variances, each of them identical, where $V_{1}(x) + V_{2}(x) + ...+ V_{j}(x) = \sigma^2$. If we ...
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Calculating the average of a possibly infinite “compound” length

Sorry for the ambiguous title, I couldn't find a good word to describe my problem. So here is my problem: You are a player, and you have a dice. You have N number of throws available then you can't ...
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Can I build a program that will tell me if a real world data set looks linear, logarithmic, exponential etc?

I have a bunch of real world data sets and from manually plotting some of the data in graphs, I've discovered some data sets look pretty much logarithmic and some look linear, or exponential (and some ...
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Spinners from yesteryear: A challenging probability problem

While browsing the Internet I found an old horse racing game where the results were determined by a spinner. The names of 6 different horses were listed an equal number of times on the spinner. Each ...
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Asymptotic efficiency of maximum likelihood estimate

Let us consider a simple statistical model $\{f_{\theta}\}$ where $\theta\in U$, an open subset of $\mathbb{R}$. Let $X_1,\dots,X_n$ be sample drawn from $f_{\theta}$. I know, under some regularity ...
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Intuition of Gamma Family

The function $$f(t) = \frac{t^{\alpha-1}e^{-t}}{\Gamma(\alpha)}, \ \ 0 < t < \infty$$ is a pdf. But Why is the gamma family defined as $$f(x| \alpha, \beta) = \frac{1}{\Gamma(\alpha) ...
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Might such a sequence of mathematical expectations be able to predict uncertain events?

This question might sound a little bit mystical, but it seemed like an interesting idea, so I am posting it here. Despite the title, I know it probably does not work miracles, but here goes anyway. I ...
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Symmetric matrix decomposition with orthonormal basis of non-eigenvectors

I like to understand the following transformation found in documentation for deriving Kalman filter. Abstract Formulation: Given 2 symmetric matrices $A$ ,$B$ $\in$ $\mathbb R^{3,3}$ with $A \ne B$ ...
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How to determine if binomial events are independent?

I have a sequence of binary experiment results, something like 1100010000100... My first hypothesis is that these events are independent, but I'd like to know if there is some way to test this. I ...
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Taylor series approximation statistics

how can I show the following: Let $X_1, X_2,\ldots, X_n$ be i.i.d Poisson with mean $\lambda$. Let $Y = |\{i: X_i =0\}|$. Then $\lambda$ is estimated by $$\eta = - \log(Y/n)$$ Use Taylor series to ...
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Correlation Coefficient and Determination Coefficient

I'm really new to linear regression and am trying to teach myself. In my textbook there's a problem that asks why $R^{2}$ in the regression of $Y$ on $X =$ the sample correlation between X and Y the ...
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How to find a flat using game theory?

I had the idea that maybe probability/game theory knowledge helps finding a flat more systematically. I assume that I have some online offers with number parameters: prize size (square meters) ...
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Help with convergence in distribution

$Y$ is a random variable with $$M(t) = \frac{1}{(2-\exp(t))^s}.$$ Does $$\frac{Y-E(Y)}{\sqrt{\operatorname{Var}(Y)}}$$ converge in distribution as $s$ tends to infinity? I let $Z = ...
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If W is a random matrix with variance $\mathbb{E}[W W^{T}]$, what's $\mathbb{E}[W^{T} P W]$?

I know quite a few identities about quadratic forms of random vectors, but I'm having difficulty coaxing something out of this quadratic form of random matrices. Suppose I know $\mathbb{E}[W W^{T}]$ ...
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“How many public playgrounds exist in the United States?” How to answer using statistics and probability

I have a goal of estimating how many public playgrounds exist in the United States. There are many methods of gathering real data about playgrounds, but, unfortunately, there is no single authority ...
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What is a formal definition of 'randomness'?

What is a rigorous mathematical/logical definition of 'randomness'? Under what conditions can we truthfully apply the predicate 'is random'?
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An estimator for the c.d.f $F$ at a point $x_0$?

Problem: Let $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ be independent identically distributed random variables (i.i.d's) with common CDF $F$. Fix $x_0\in\mathbb{R}$ and find an unbiased estimator for $F(x_0)$. Show ...
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Donsker's Theorem for triangular arrays

Assume we have a sequence of smooth i.i.d. random variables $(X_i)_{i=1}^{\infty}$. Given $\alpha>0$, does some sort of Donsker's Theorem hold for $\left(\frac{X_i}{n^{\alpha}}\right)_{i=1}^n$? ...
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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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About cutting Almonds

Every year, during Christmas baking, I chop almonds, which causes me to puzzle over the same question, and I don't quite know how to approach it. I start out with N almonds. Let's assume they are all ...