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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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### 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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### randomness extraction of real valued sequences of numbers

I have a sequence of numbers $x_1, x_2, \dots, x_n, \dots \in \mathbb{R}$ I would like to extract fair bits from that sequence. My first thought was to use the Von Neumann extractor. For a ...
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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 ...
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### A bounded-independence variant of the Berry-Esseen theorem

I came across a presentation by Ryan O'Donnell regarding invariance principles. After proving the Berry-Esseen theorem, there is a slide that discusses extensions of the theorem and one that is ...
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### Reservoir sampling of distinct values

I'm faced with a situation where I need to get m samples from a data stream (without replacement). Only one pass through the data is possible. In my case, the stream contains many duplicate values, ...
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### Lemma needed for my machine learning research [closed]

Say $\sigma_1, \sigma_2, \dots, \sigma_m$ are i.i.d distributed $\pm1$ variables. How do I show that for any choice of $S_1, S_2, \dots, S_d$ subsets of $\{1, 2, \dots, m\}$, the expectation of the ...
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### Concentration Bounds for Thompson sampling

This paper gives concentration results around the mean of the regret for variants of UCB algorithm in multi-armed stochastic bandits. However, I could not find any similar results for Thompson ...
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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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### Example of pairwise independent random process with expected max load $\sqrt{n}$
Equivalently, is there a known denotational semantics for probabilistic higher-order functional programming languages? Specifically, is there a domain model of pure untyped $\lambda$-calculus extended ...