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### Impossibility result on metric learning?

Are there any fundamental limitations (impossibility results) known for metric learning? Are there any direct connection reduction from/to that I can use results in clustering? (e.g. this: 2 ) 2 ...
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### Maximal correlation vs correlation coefficient when one RV is Gaussian

Last week I asked a question on MOF (see here), but I got no reply. So I am asking my question here. Let a pair of random variables $(X,Y)$ be continuous random variables (i.e., they both have ...
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### Exponential Concentration Inequality for Higher-order moments of Gaussian Random Variables

Let $X_1,\ldots, X_n$ be $n$ i.i.d. copies of Gaussian random variable $X \sim N(0, \sigma^2)$. It is known that \begin{align} \mathbb{P}\Bigl( \Bigl|\frac{1}{n}\sum_{j=1}^n X_j \Bigl| >t\Bigr) &...
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### Tolerance parameter of statistical query model and adaptivity

It seems that the reasonable assumption for the tolerance parameter of statistical query model is roughly $1/\sqrt{n}$, which is obtained from concentration inequalities (see, e.g., Definition 2.3 of ...
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### Lower bounds for minimum variance estimators in limited space

Cramer-Rao, Rao-Blackwell and Lehmann-Scheffé, all give you ways to prove that a statistical estimator has the lowest variance possible. Is there any CS related work on the minimum variance ...
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### Estimator for sum of independent and identically distributed (iid) variables

This is a repost of a question at math.stackexchange, but I was told by a reliable source that people around here might be able to help me, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Consider the Chernoff ...
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### Distribution of number of unique items in a sample

Suppose we're sampling a discrete random variable from a distribution f, n times. Is there a simple analytical formulation for the expected number of unique items we obtain, or for the distribution of ...
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### Distinguishing between $N$ quantum states

Given a quantum state $\rho_A$ chosen uniformly at random from a set of $N$ mixed states $\rho_1 ... \rho_N$, what is the maximum average probability of correctly identifying $A$? This problem can be ...
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### Is analogy between database and probability concepts legitimate?

In Relational Databases: Tutorial for Statisticians Joe R. Hill casts probability view onto database theory. In Table 1 the author summarized the parallels between the two disciplines, describing ...
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### High Dimensional Volume (HDV) estimator for Entropy estimation

I am writing a program using high-dimensional volume (HDV) estimator to estimate entropy and mutual information for variable selection. Let $D = (x^i_1, x^i_2, ..., x^i_M)$, N is the number of data ...
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### Multiplication of normal distributions

Suppose X_1, ..., X_k are iid standard Gaussian variables, for some k > 1. Then, what is the distribution of X := X_1 * ... * X_k ? Can it be approximated by a Gaussian, maybe for large k ?
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### Distributing items randomly into groups of equal size

Given n items (20% type A, 80% type B), I'm looking for a way to distribute them randomly into g groups of equal size. It must be possible for one group to end up with As in the majority but it must ...
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### Estimating a percentile among distributed nodes without revealing values

I have a fairly unique problem to solve and I am hoping somebody here can give me some insight into how to best tackle it. Problem: Suppose a list of N numbers is shared among a set of participants ...
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### Measures of “correlation” between two orderings

An easy question perhaps? Taking a (fictional) concrete example, let's say I have two ranking methods for HTML documents: PageRank and HITS. I derive an ordered list over the same set of documents ...
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### Generate a sequence of numbers

I want to generate an infinite sequence of numbers between $0$ and $9$ such that the percentage of number $i$ appearing in the sequence is $p_i$. Let $p=\lbrace p_0,...,p_9\rbrace$. Another agent $B$ ...
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### Analysis of variables of varying numbers

i work with amino acid sequences and i want to use a selfmade model to tell me something about it, lets call it f(seq). Now i want to know the contribution of every position in the sequence onto the ...
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### What subjects, topics does a computer science graduate need to learn to apply available machine learning frameworks, esp. SVMs

I want to teach myself enough machine learning so that I can, to begin with, understand enough to put to use available open source ML frameworks that will allow me to do things like: Go through the ...
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### Circuit complexity and statistical tests

A few years ago, I took a class on complexity theory from Steven Rudich, and I remember him giving an interesting lecture connecting statistical tests (as found in statistics departments!) with ...
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### Constraint Satisfaction Problem: Choosing real numbers with certain characteristics

I have a set of n real numbers. I also have a set of functions, f_1, f_2, ..., f_m. Each of these functions takes a list of numbers as its argument. I also have ...
Suppose $f:\mathbf{R}\times \mathbf{R} \to \mathbf{R}$ is some some continuous function $x_1 \ldots x_n$ is a set of real values, and we'd like to compute $\text{argmin}_a \sum_i f(a,x_i)$ to ...