Questions about performing probabilistic calculations, especially those concerned with the Mathematica commands Probability, Expectation and the various functions related to distributions such as NormalDistribution, CDF, PDF etc.

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Symbolic manipulation of the moments of an unknown distribution

I'm curious as to whether it's possible to get Mathematica to simplify/manipulate/expand basic expectations, conditional expectations, sums of random variables, etc. A simple example might be: ...
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Chi square: compare two different distribution

I try to compare two file with two different distribution of numbers. So i have random1.dat and random2.dat each one are vectors of more then 1000 rows. I saw from this question Doing a chi-square ...
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Reversing Autocorrect, aka how to find the word that was supposed to be there

When I receive messages from people using their smartphones I usually see typos and, worst, typos corrected by Autocorrect. Now, I receive messages in English, which is not my first language. I can ...
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Calculating the conditional probability of discrete samples

I have two lists: a = {0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1} b = {1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0} I'd like to calculate the conditional probability of a given b; for example, $p(a=1 | b=0)$. Is ...
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How do I solve this probability problem with Probability?

Consider a stick of length 1. Pick two points uniformly at random on the stick, and break the stick at those points. What is the probability that the three segments obtained in this way form a ...
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Working with means and variances

My goal is to work out on the following equation: $$Mean(P)(1-Mean (P))\left (h + (1 - 2 h) (1 - \frac {Var (P)} {Mean (P) (1 - Mean (P))}) (1 - Mean (P)) + \frac {Var (P)} {Mean (P) (1 - Mean ...
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Bilateral Laplace Transform in Mathematica (to be used with Moment Generating Functions)?

I am trying to solve a linear ODE for a Kolmogorov forward equation to get a stationary distribution of a random variable. The easiest approach may be to transform the ODE with a two-sided Laplace ...
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Time varying Poisson rate using ParameterMixtureDistribution

I have a system in which there is a Poisson arrival process with rate $\lambda$. I need to split this process into two independent poisson processes $\lambda_i$ and $\lambda_u$. Where ...
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How do I plot two Gaussians/normal distributions with 2 different means and 2 different standard deviations?

This is probably very easy for someone with more experience, but I am trying to plot only two Normal distributions, but for some reason my Method plots 4, instead of 2. I have: ...
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MarginalDistribution with Symbolic range in ProbabilityDistribution

Given the following joint density: for 10 < x < 20, x/2 < y < x. To find the marginal density for X we do: ...
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Expressing a joint distribution for use in ContourPlot

I have $$X_1=T + W$$ $$X_2=2 T + 3 W$$ where $$W \sim N(3,5) \,\text{;}\,\, T \sim N(1,2)$$ and $$P(X=X_1)=P(X=X_2)=\tfrac{1}{2}$$ which I have awkwardly expressed as ...
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Determining the dimension of a probability distribution

Functions like Mean and RandomVariate clearly infer the dimension of the distribution passed to them. One can also usually ...
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Pattern matching with PDF, Distributed and multivariate distributions

I have defined a function to compute the Shannon entropy of a probability distribution: ent[p_] := Expectation[-Log[PDF[p, x]], x \[Distributed] p] This works ...
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An example of how to compute numerically the KL-divergence in mathematica [closed]

I wanted to compute an exact number for two probabilities that I am comparing. These are two normal distributions as: $$Normal(\mu = 5, \sigma = 4)$$ $$Normal(\mu = 5, \sigma = 5)$$ I decided to ...
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What can I do to improve the performance of my calculations?

I'm trying to express a simple probability problem in Mathematica, but am having trouble getting my calculations to execute at a reasonable speed. I have an object whose unknown location is modeled ...
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Put random points into a specific 2D subregion

I want to cover a particular subregion of the x-y plane with a random distribution. As this particular region is not a circle I encounter some problems declaring the permitted zone where to put ...
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Constrained maximum likelihood

Trying to solve a MLE with nonlinear constraints that need to be satisfied. However, the given solution do not match the constraints. Am I doing it correctly? ...
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Difficulty finding Expectation of a special function

I have a special function given as: $${\rm f}\left(r\right) ={1 \over \beta\lambda}\,2^{r/\beta} \exp\left({\left[2^{r/\beta} - 1\right]K \over \lambda}\right)$$ I should find the Expectation of ...
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How to compute the inverse CDF properly?

Note: this has been fixed in version 9. I want to compute the CDF and inverse CDF of the hyperbolic distribution: ...
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NExpectation behaves oddly with EmpiricalDistribution

Note: this is fixed in version 9. My question concerns the usage of NExpectation and Expectation and why I see the behavior I ...
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Converting problem into form involving Probability

I want to solve the following problem symbolically, using Probability: What is the probability of the first random variate of a set to be present more than ...
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Slow mixture fitting when having ill-conditioned covariance matrices. How to make it faster?

I'm using Mathematica 9.0 to fit multidimensional observations with a gaussian mixture. To do so I first adapted these steps to ensure that the mixture parameters are well defined (see ...
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Where do Mathematica's probability functions draw a line in the sand for predicates?

Thinking about a recent question mis-posted here (belonged on math), I noted the following. A contrived example - probability that a or b are 1: ...
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Categorical Distribution

Suppose I want to do calculations with a random variable $X$ that has a simple categorical distribution (a.k.a generalised Bernoulli distribution or discrete distribution). I was expecting to be able ...
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Probability Model

I have the following probability model: $(X_k|\text{ PastHistory}_{k-1}, \theta_0, \theta_1, \theta_2) \sim (\pi\cdot N(\theta_1+\theta_0\cdot X_{k-1},1)+(1-\pi)\cdot N(\theta_2+\theta_0\cdot ...
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How to define an n-variate empirical distribution function probability for any n?

I'm using Mathematica 9.0 to calculate the probability according to the empirical distribution function (EDF) of some sample data. Afterwords this is included in a maximization stage so I define this ...
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Define shifted pdf

I defined a PDF called dist, for example like this one: ...
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Calculate expected value of custom pdf

I've a custom pdf in the sense that it's the convolution of several other PDFs p[t_] := Convolve[p1[x],p2[x],x,t]; Now I want to calculate the expected value of ...
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PDF for Gamma Distribution not what I expect

I have plotted the the PDF for a Gamma Distribution with various parameters (e.g. 3 and 5) using Manipulate: ...
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Efficient way to generate random points with a predefined lower bound on their pairwise Euclidean distance

Using Mathematica what is an efficient way to generate a list of $n$ random two dimensional points $\{x_i,y_i\}$ where $i=1,...,n$ so that no two points $p_1$ and $p_2$ in the list has an Euclidean ...
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Mathematica code for hidden Markov models (HMM)

I am looking for some simple Mathematica code to model an HMM with just a few states and an equal number of observable signals (emissions). I am hoping to generate sample paths and keep track of the ...
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Using an Interpolating Function as a probability density function [duplicate]

I have seen a couple of similar questions but have not been able to figure out a solution for my particular problem. I have a probability density function of two variables ...
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2D Markov Process

I have a homework project. I need to analyse a gambler's ruin where there are 6 possible outcomes of every wager with corresponding probabilities and payoffs and the gambler may vary the wager (say ...
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When are `If`, `Piecewise`, `Switch`, and `Which` interchangeable and when are they not?

Experimenting with joint dependent distributions via the TransformedDistribution function, I used the following to derive a distribution where the second variate is ...
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Detecting a nonlinear edge in a 2D point pattern

Following an earlier post here, I have generated a point pattern on the unit square $[0,1]\otimes[0,1]$, which is described by a piecewise constant intensity function constructed so that (in ...
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Analyzing Betting (Keno) in Mathematica [closed]

Keno is a popular lottery game that is available with all of the larger casino softwares. The player is given a ticket with 70 numbers on it. He picks 1 to 11 numbers on the ticket. 20 winning numbers ...
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Solve Probability of Distribution

Why does this work: Solve[Probability[x <= t, x \[Distributed] NormalDistribution[]] == 0.95 ,t] But this doesn't: ...
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How to create a spliced survival statistical distribution?

I am trying to use Mathematica for more of my reliability engineering work and am having trouble using SplicedDistribution. I have a Weibull distribution (dist1) associated with a low stress ...
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Making a histogram of a user defined random variable

Suppose I want to generate a histogram of $n$ trials a slightly complicated random variable in Mathematica. Is there an easy way to do this? For instance, to make a histogram of a normal variable one ...
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How can I type "aprox symbol in Mathematica? [closed]

I want to obtain a value of the Normal Distribution, but I can´t type "approx symbol" before Normal Distribution" to tell Mathematica that x FOLLOWS N[0,1] How can I do it? Probability[z >= 8.49, z ...
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Find the point that holds a given property

I have a normal distribution with mean 106, and a standard deviation of 8. I'm being asked to find the point that has the property that 25% of these values have this value or lower. What I've ...
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Finding the characteristic function of a TransformedDistribution[]

I am trying to find the characteristic function of a sum of "named" distributions, though I am interested in how to use Mathematica to find the characteristic function of $$f(X_1,\ldots, X_n),$$ where ...
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How to use ProbabilityDistribution for a posterior expression [duplicate]

I am performing a Bayesian updating on a Lognormal prior. After combining the prior and likelihood and dividing by the normalization constant I get the following expression as the posterior: ...
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How to use Mathematica in my Problem as I would use it in Matlab

I would like to calculate the convolution of a function with itself for $n$ times. Let $n$ be $10$. For $n=1$, I wont make any calculation and $f0$ is my function, when $n=2$, I will convolve $f0$ ...
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Plotting the convolution of the same probability density function with itself

I would like to compute the integral $$q_n(x)=\int_{B}^A q_{n-1} (\omega)f(x-\omega)\mathrm{d} \omega,\quad q_1=f,\quad n\geq 1.$$ for a given density function $f$. Basically it is the convolution ...
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Discrete distribution binomial set up

I hope one of you guys can help me out. I am trying to visualize a discrete distribution based on a binomial distribution and a mixed binomial distribution. In the first step I started to determine ...
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Check whether a function of two variables is a probabilty distribution function

I have a function like this $f(x,y)=c\,y\,(y-x),\ \text{for}\ 0<x<2,\;-x<y<x$ and I need to find the value of $c$ such that $f(x,y)$ is a PDF. How can I do that? I know that the ...
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RandomVariate does not fill range of PDF of distribution

I've declared my own probability distribution as follows dist[a_, b_] := ProbabilityDistribution[Cos[(b x)/2]^2 Sinc[a x]^2, {x, -400, 400}]; When I try to ...
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How do I emulate DiscreteUniformDistribution in Mathematica?

How do I define a function from scratch that emulates DiscreteUniformDistribution? As shown below, attempting to use ...