# Questions tagged [pr.probability]

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### Are monotone Boolean functions in P well-approximated by monotone polynomial-size circuits?

Question 1: Is it true that for every polynomial $p(n)$ and $\epsilon >0$ there is a polynomial $q(n)$ such that every monotone Boolean function on $n$ variables that can be expressed by a Boolean ...
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### Beating Nonuniformity by Oracle Access

Informally, we say that a Turing machine $M(\cdot)$ approximates a function $f(\cdot)$ if their outputs on a series of inputs are indistinguishable. More formally, let $L$ be a language, $M(\cdot)$ ...
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### Convergence speed in Lévy’s continuity theorem

I suppose the answer to my question follows from the proof of the Lévy’s continuity theorem, but probably one could suggest me a direct reference to the corresponding answer. The question is as ...
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### Squares of random binary matrices

Are there results/techniques pertaining to the analysis of squares of random matrices ? More specifically, let $A$ be an $n\times n$ matrix such that each entry is $1$ or $-1$ independently and with ...
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### Tree search guided by a probabilistic oracle

I'm trying to find a solution for the following problem. I have a tree $T$ of branching factor $b$ and depth $d$. For the moment, I only care about the case where I restrict $b=2$, but I would be ...
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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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### Spectrum of absorbing random walk for regular graphs

I have a symmetric Markov chain given by the matrix $P$. Let $M$ be a set of special states of the chain (called marked states, they correspond to solutions to some problem). We can write $P$ as \...
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### Sampling small separators

Is there a tractable way to define an approximate distribution over small vertex separators of the graph? I'm looking for something along the lines of [Bayati,2008], a way to turn a single "this is a ...
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### Geometric / Visual explanation that the average height of a random binary tree of given size $n$ is asymptotically $2\sqrt{\pi n}$

I just finished reading the proof that the average height of a random binary of given size $n$ is asymptotically $2\sqrt{\pi n}$. I'm now searching for an intuitive, or geometric, or visual proof of ...
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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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### Sums of products of bernoulli random variables

Let $x_1 \ldots x_a,y_1 \ldots y_b$ be independent random variables taking values +1 or -1. Consider the sum $$S = \sum_{i,j} x_iy_j.$$ I wish to upper bound the probability $P(|S| > t)$. The ...
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### Time-inhomogeneous Markov Chains

I'm trying to find out what is known about time-inhomogeneous ergodic Markov Chains where the transition matrix can vary over time. All textbooks and lecture notes I could find initially introduce ...
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### What is entropy of a variable described by Knightian uncertainty?

Given a discrete variable whose value is characterized by Knightian uncertainty, that is, belief and plausibility, as in Dempster-Shafer theory, what is its entropy?
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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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### application for the Kchinchine inequality in Computer Science

The classical Kchinchine inequality states that for vector $a=(a_1, \ldots, a_{2m})\in R^{2m}$, for $p\geq 2$, and for independent Rademacher random variables $r_1, \ldots, r_{2m}$, one has  E(|\...
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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 ...
Take for instance equation 67 and 68 from this chapter: the value of $P(q|R=1,q)$ can become zero if the term is not present in the document, and as all probabilities are multiplied, the probability ...