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May
28
comment Are upper division math courses textbook- or lecture-based?
I view the teacher as a very experienced tour guide. They point out the interesting parts, explain the difficult parts, show what is important. But it is (always) up to you to do the work.
May
26
comment Show Wright-Fisher Model is a martingale
Been there, done that. Glad it helped.
May
26
comment Show Wright-Fisher Model is a martingale
wouldn't that just be a binomial distribution? and what is the mean of a binomial distribution? (Note I am asking - i could be wrong)
Jan
17
comment What are some good books about martingales?
Williams: Probability with Martingales
Jun
7
awarded  Necromancer
Feb
13
comment Can the matrices $A$ and $I+A$ have the same determinant?
do you know about eigenvalues & trace?
Jan
23
comment Division of two random variables of uniform distributions
Just to try out Mathematica's probability framework: D[Probability[ x/y <= z, {x [Distributed] UniformDistribution[{0, 1}], y [Distributed] UniformDistribution[{1, 3}]}], z] yields (for the pdf) 2 if z<1/3, (6-2z)/(4z)-(-z^2+6z-1)/(4z^2) if 1/3<z<1 and 0 elsewhere.
Jan
16
comment Fun but serious mathematics books to gift advanced undergraduates.
+1 for "Proofs and Confirmations" by David Bressoud. It is ridiculously good.
Nov
29
comment Example of two dependent random variables that satisfy $E[f(X)f(Y)]=Ef(X)Ef(Y)$ for every $f$
@NateEldredge: that is what I figured. So if you do the arithmetic, it does not work out. f(1)P(X=1)+f(2)P(X=2)+f(3)P(X=3)=(5x+9y+12z)/30, not (3x+3y+4z)/10....unless I'm seriously caffeine deficient right now.
Nov
29
comment Example of two dependent random variables that satisfy $E[f(X)f(Y)]=Ef(X)Ef(Y)$ for every $f$
Can you pls explain how you got E(f(X))?
Oct
22
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Oct
19
answered How to prove $\nabla\cdot \vec{B}=0 \Rightarrow \exists \vec{A}:\vec{B}=\nabla \times \vec{A}$
Oct
5
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Sep
6
answered $ \sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \ln{\left(1 + \frac{1}{4 k^2}\right)}$ Computing this sum
Jul
17
comment What does the variance/SD of a set signify?
See the chebyshev inequality.
May
17
comment What's the sum of $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} e^{-k(x-k)^{2}}$?
Look up the Euler Maclaurin formula....Mathematica can do the integral, and it involves the erf function.
May
6
asked Describe growth of $\epsilon n$
Mar
22
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Mar
9
accepted Asymptotic behavior of $\sum_{k=1}^{n}\left(1-p^{k}\right)^{n-k}$
Mar
9
comment Asymptotic behavior of $\sum_{k=1}^{n}\left(1-p^{k}\right)^{n-k}$
@RobertIsrael: Phew - now I can drink the coffee slowly, rather than chugging it. That helps a huge amount, much appreciated!