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Required sample size to hit certain subset of a ground set

Suppose $X$ is a set of $n$ points in $\mathbb{R}^d$ and $N_1,\cdots,N_k$ are k disjoint (unknown)subsets of $X$. There is a probability distribution $\phi$ on $X$ defined as $\phi(p) = \frac{\lvert\...
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understanding generalized coupon collector for distributions or learning mixture of distribution

Lets suppose we have a set $S=\{1,\ldots,n\}$ and $P$ is the uniform distribution over two subsets $T_1,T_2\subseteq S$, each of size $m\leq n/100$. Now, suppose somehow is given uniform samples from ...
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Notation in proof for Asymptotic Equipartition Property

In the following lecture notes chapter 3, page 12-13, they state the following We begin by introducting some important notation: - For a set $\mathcal{S},|\mathcal{S}|$ denotes its cardinality (...
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Binary search on coin heads probability

Let $f:[0,1] \to [0,1]$ be a smooth, monotonically increasing function. I want to find the smallest $x$ such that $f(x) \ge 1/2$. If I had a way to compute $f(x)$ given $x$, I could simply use ...
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Delaunay Triangulaition (or Voronoi) for a specific distribution of points

I found a paper about Delaunay triangulation for a set of points that are distributed by the Poisson distribution (https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/9693/4b7e8e5483893f4874d7ba6afd812bbfe0ba.pdf). The ...
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“Almost all objects have property P” vs. “It is easy to test whether an object has property P”

I am interested in any relation between "almost all objects(from a universe) possessing a particular property P" versus "testing whether an object has property P being poly. time decidable". My guess ...
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Strong data-processing inequality: bound $TV(T_{\#}P_0,T_{\#}P_1)$ if $\|T(x)-x\|_\infty \le \varepsilon;\forall x \in \mathbb R^p$

Disclaimer. I've moved this question from MO hoping that here is the right venue. Also, this is my first post on this channel, so please have some patience. So, Iet $X = (X,d)$ be a Polish space, ...
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Weighted circular balls into bins

I would like to ask you for a help about modified balls into bins problem. Consider $n$ weighted balls such that each ball has a weight $w_i$ that is at most $W$. Furthermore, each of $m$ bins has a ...
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Majority function stability under deletion and addition of entries

It is well known that the majority function is stable under random flipping of bits. That is, if $v$ is a random binary vector, and then we re-sample each bit of $v$ with probability $\delta$ and get $...
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Maximization of Mutual Information

Let $X\in\{0,1\}^d$ be a Boolean vector and $Y, Z\in\{0,1\}$ are Boolean variables. Assume that there is a joint distribution $\mathcal{D}$ over $Y, Z$ and we'd like to find a joint distribution $\...
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How tight is the XOR lemma?

The XOR lemma states that if you have a distribution $D$ on $\{0,1\}^n$, and all the Fourier coefficients of $2^n D$ are small, then it is close in $L_1$ to the uniform distribution. Specifically, ...
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Reconstruction of a sequence generated by a Markov chain - reference request

Let S be a finite sequence of symbols from a finite alphabet, with gaps - that is on some known locations an unknown number of symbols are missing. Assuming that the sequence , including the symbols ...
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Why is differential privacy defined over the exponential function?

For adjacent database $D,D'$, a randomized algorithm $A$ is $\varepsilon$-differential private when the following satisfies $$\frac{\Pr(A(D) \in S)}{\Pr(A(D') \in S)} \leq e^\varepsilon,$$ where $S$ ...
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Big-O bounds on the k-th largest element of iid Gaussians

I'm interested in the following problem. Let $X_1, \dots, X_n$ be iid samples with a $N(0,1)$ distribution. Let $X_{[k]}$ be the $k$-th largest element of $\{X_1, \dots, X_n\}$, so e.g. $X_{[1]} = \...
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How to play the following game? (placing balls into bins)

Let $n,\ell\in\mathbb N$ for some $n\gg \ell\gg 1$. The goal is to pick two sequences of numbers, $x_1,\ldots,x_\ell$ and $y_1,\ldots,y_\ell$ such that $$\Sigma_{i=1}^\ell x_i = n\quad{}\mbox{and}\...
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Mapping of entire balls using Locality Sensitive Hashing (LSH)

LSH functions are useful for approximate nearest neighbor search. They are usually defined, for distance metric $d$ and $c>1$ as follows: A family of hash functions is $(r, cr, p_1, p_2)$-LSH ...
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If I know pretty well '(a,b)', I know pretty well 'a', or 'b', or 'a xor b'

I've a quite simple problem: let's imagine I have a couple of bits $(a,b) \in \{0,1\}^2$ sampled uniformly at random. Then, I give a function of these bits $f(a,b)$ (it can be any function, including ...
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Probability of detecting small bias of a die in the low confidence regime / balls and bins

We are given a biased $m$-sided die: one of the sides has probability $\frac{1}{m} + \gamma$ and all the rest have probability $\frac{1}{m} - \frac{\gamma}{m-1}$ each. The goal is to figure out which ...
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Statistical Distance Growth Given K Independent Copies

Let $X$ and $Y$ be distributions with statistical distance (total variation distance) at most $d$. What is the best upper bound you can give on the statistical distance between $k$ independent copies ...
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Infinite process balls in bins problem

Given $n$ balls and $m$ bins, let us consider an infinite process, where in each time slot we throw a ball at a random bin. When all $n$ balls are thrown, we take the balls from the bin with the ...
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Are there any continuous-time stochastic processes in which transition probabilities are discontinuous functions over time? [closed]

In stochastic processes, like homogeneous Markov processes, Poisson processes, Queueing systems etc., the functions that represent (transition) probabilities are continuous over time. This is also ...
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Is uniform convergence faster for low-entropy distributions?

Let $\mathcal D$ be a probability distribution on $\{0,1\}^d$. Let $X_1, \cdots, X_n \in \{0,1\}^d$ be i.i.d. samples from $\mathcal D$. Let $\mu \in [0,1]^d$ be the mean of $\mathcal D$ and let $\...
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Empirical Rademacher averages versus Hoeffdings bound

Let $M$ be finite set with $n$ distinct elements. I want to probalistically approximate the relative counts $\frac{|P(Q)|}{|M|}$ of $Q \subseteq M$, where $P(Q) = |P \cap M|$. An upper-bound for ...
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Sample Complexity for Order Statistics

I have a sample complexity question which seems fairly basic, but for which I'm having trouble finding a reference. Let $F$ be an unknown distribution over $[0,1]$. Denote by $X_{k:n}$ the $k$th of $...
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A coupon collector type problem with changing probabilities

Suppose we are flipping coins starting at some time $t$. At time $t$ the probability we obtain heads is $\frac{1}{\sqrt{t}}$. If the coin lands tails, at time $t+1$ the probability of heads is now $\...
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Recovering a rank-one matrix from its eigendecomposition after randomized rounding

Let $A = xy^T$ be a rank-$1$ matrix, and suppose every entry of $A$ is in $[0,1]$. We can create a binary matrix $A_{\rm rounded}$ by setting $$ [A_{\rm rounded}]_{ij} = \begin{cases} 1 & \mbox{ ...
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Probability of a $k$-path in a random graph

Assume that $G\in G(n,p)$; if $p=\frac{\ln n +\ln \ln n +c(n)}{n}$, the following fact is well known: \begin{eqnarray} Pr [G\mbox{ has a Hamiltonian cycle}]= \begin{cases} 1 & (c(n)\...
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Expected size of the min-cut, under edge perturbations

Suppose we have a graph $G(V, E)$. Assume that the min-cut of this graph is given $C=(A/B)$ and denote the size of the cut with $|C|$. Create a random modification of the graph: Drop each ...
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Heterogeneous Hoeffding/McDiarmid

Hoeffding's inequality for independent random variables $a_i\le X_i\le b_i$ states that their sum has sub-Gaussian tails, decaying as $\exp(-2t/\sum_i (b_i-a_i)^2)$. Question: Are there any ...
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Using a probability distribution in the fooling set technique for communication complexity

I'm reading through the communication complexity book of Kushilevitz and Nisan, and in the section about fooling sets I encountered this proposition: Let $\mu$ be a probability distribution of $X\...
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Tighter Probability Bounds

Let $\mathcal{F}$ be a class of binary functions on a probability space $\Omega$. For $f \in \mathcal{F}$, let $P(f) =\mathbb{E}(f(Z))$ and $P_n(f) = \frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^n f(Z_i)$ where $Z_i$'s are ...
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Application of the inequality with expectations

Let $\Vert\cdot\Vert$ is a norm in $R^n$. Let $x_1,\dots,x_N$ non-independent Rademacher random variables random variables (variables which are uniform on $\{-1, 1\}$). . By $E$ we denote an ...
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Support size lower bound for $k$-wise uniform distribution

So I have this question which I can't seem to find a solution to: Prove that if $X = (X_1, ... X_n)$ is $k$-wise uniform* and each $X_i$ is Boolean then $\left|\operatorname{Supp}(X)\right| \geq \...
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Other Uniform Bound

In theoretical machine learning, VC-dimension (VCD) and Rademacher average (RA) are two frequently used uniform bounds, providing better sample complexity than bounds such as Chernoff bound and ...
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Is there a complete and finite axiom scheme for conditional independence? (Graphoids)

Note: This is a better-written version of an unanswered question asked before on MathOverflow. Question: Is there a complete and finite axiom scheme for conditional probability? If so, is ...
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Does this pairwise independent random process have expected max load $\sqrt{n}$?

This is an extension to the question about balls into bins: Example of pairwise independent random process with expected max load $\sqrt{n}$ . There the following question is asked and answered in ...
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Random Deterministic Automata

I am familiar with the term of random graphs, such as $G(n,p)$- a distribution over simple undirected graphs with $n$ vertices, where each edge appears in a graph w.p. $p$. That is, each graph $G=(V,E)...
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Janson-type inequality, limited dependence

So I am trying to figure out an upper bound on the probability of the following... This is a question related to a problem I am working on (not for a class, just for fun) Let $\Omega=\{X_{1},\dots,...
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Problem dependent lower bound for stochastic bandits with full information

Suppose you have a $K$ armed stochastic bandit problem but with full information. There are $K$ arms with mean rewards $\mu_1,...,\mu_K$. At each step we have to select an arm, collect the reward from ...
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What is the proof of this nonstandard version of Azuma's inequality?

In Appendix B of Boosting and Differential Privacy by Dwork et al., the authors state the following result without proof and refer to it as Azuma's inequality: Let $C_1, \dots, C_k$ be real-valued ...
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Hardness of exact binomial tail bounds

Chernoff bounds, in their various forms, bound the tails of a Binomial$(n,p)$ random variable $B$. Define the function $F(n,p,t):=P(B>t)$. Naively, computing $F$ requires exponential (in $n$) time. ...
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A random walk that moves to less-visited nodes

Consider a random walk on an undirected graph that keeps track of how many times it has visited every node. At each step, it moves to the node among its neighbors which has been visited the least ...
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Relation between variance and mutual information

Given two discrete random variables $X,Y$ such that $X,Y \in \mathbb{R}$ and $0 \leq X,Y \leq 1$, is it true that $$|\text{Cov}[X,Y] \leq \sqrt{\frac{1}{2} \text{I}[X,Y]}|. $$ This bound may be ...
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Directed graph with bounded in-deg can be partitioned in a balanced way

I want to prove that for all $n$, there exists a constant $c(n)$ such that if $G=(V,E)$ is a directed graph with in-degree bounded by $n$, it is possible to partition the set of vertices $V$ into two ...
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Fourth(?) moment method for minimum value

I would like to lower bound the quantity $\Pr[X\ge t, Y\ge t]=\Pr[\min(X,Y)\ge t]$ using the small moments of $X$, $Y$ and $XY$. In particular I am interested in the case where $E[X]=E[Y]=0$, but $E[X ...
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Lower bound on probability of getting two close points in a sample of $n$ points

Let $D\subseteq \mathbb{R}^k$. Assume that $Pr_{u,v\leftarrow U_D}[|u-v| <B]>p$ for some $B,p$, where $|u-v|$ is the L1 distance of the vectors. $S\subseteq D$ is obtained by sampling $n$ ...
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What is the connection between moments of Gaussians and perfect matchings of graphs?

Today, I heard the following statement in a talk: The 4th moment of a $1$-dimensional Gaussian distribution with mean $0$ and variance $1$ is the same as the number of perfect matchings of a ...
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Reference for the number of samples needed to distinguish two probability distributions

I am looking for a reference (and/or a full proof) for this statement: $O(1/\epsilon^2)$ samples suffice to distinguish any two probability distributions with variation distance $\epsilon$. I ...
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Approaches for Theoretical Analysis of Estimates of Probability Distributions

Consider that you have a probability distribution p of some quantity X and you have obtained (via some algorithm) an estimate q of p according to some definition of closeness. Are there methods/papers ...
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Understanding proof of Theorem 3.3 in Karp's “Probabilistic Recurrence Relations”

Background: In Karp's paper on Probabilistic Recurrence Relations, he develops tail-bounds for random variables satisfying the following recurrence: $$ T(x) = a(x) + T(h(x)) $$ where $T(x)$ is a ...