# Questions tagged [probability-theory]

Questions about the branch of mathematics concerned with modelling and analysing random phenomena.

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### Greedy Algorithm on Knockout Tournaments: Proof of Correctness

You are given a function $\operatorname{rk}:\{1\dots 2^k\}\rightarrow \mathbb{N^+}$ representing the ranks of the players $1\dots2^k$ in a participating in a tournament. The tournament evolves in a ...
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### Synthesis of the crisp programs from the Bayesian (probabilistic) programs?

https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.00805 is the article which is pointing towards the direction that the optimal policy of the reinforcement learning can be expressed as the Bayesian/probabilistic program (...
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### apply the method of conditional expectations

For a Randomized vertex cover problem Why there is not much hope of deriving an efficient, deterministic version using the method of conditional expectation? I can assume the problem is not ...
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### Expected length of a random walk on a line

I am given the following randomized algorithm for SAT, Input: A satisfiable CNF-formula $\varphi$. Output: An assignment $\rho$, such that $\rho \models \varphi$. The algorithm works as follow: ...
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### Compute the expected size of an approximation of vertex cover

Consider the following randomized approximation algorithm of vertex cover: Input: A graph G = (V, E). Output: A set $C_G \subseteq V$ a vertex cover of $G$. The algorithm: Set $C_G := \emptyset$. ...
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### Expected number of retransmissions for a packet

In a communication link out of p packets one packet will be lost. If stop and wait protocol is used then expected number of retransmissions for a packet? (A) P/(1-P) (B) P (C) 1/(1-P) (D) 1/P ...
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### Given an unsorted list of $n$ items, how many random comparisons are needed on average to be able to sort the list?

There is an unsorted list of $n$ items $x_1, \ldots, x_n$. Until you can sort the list, you are given one of the ${n \choose 2}$ possible binary comparisons uniformly at random (with replacement). On ...
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### Probability of detecting errors in codewords

I have been struggling with the below question for quite some time, and I don't have a pointer to move forward. A certain Error Control Coding scheme using block codes takes an input block (...
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### Probability of colisson for classes of hash functions

I am going through some old exams in one of my courses, and I don't have access to solutions. I've found a problem which I am not sure how to tackle. I am not looking for the answer but some help/...
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### Contingency Table Confusion NLP

Hello for the contingency table: [true positive, false negative, false positive, true negative]. I am having a hard time remembering the difference between these terms because all the terms are ...