# Questions tagged [probability-theory]

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

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The following question is taken from the book titled "Probability models for Computer Science" written by Sheldon M. Ross. Question: A particle moves along n + 1 vertices that are situated ...
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### Analysis of a calculation of expected number of collisions in hashing

For a formal problem statement, I quote from the text Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et. al Suppose we use a hash function $h$ to hash $n$ distinct keys into an array $T$ of length $m$. ...
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### Decision problem solution monte carlo

I have a rather straightforward question for this community (that I am not able to solve). Assume there is a probability of Tom having a bag of candy. If Tom has a bag, he says the truth 4/5 times and ...
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### Computer network graph design

In the following question, we need to suggest a graph design and a routing algorithm. Routing from $A$ to $B$ is done by returning an edge sequence in the graph that will lead us from $A$ to $B$ ...
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### Algorithm best compare similarities between two data sets in percentage

I'm trying to create an algorithm that finds the percentage of similarity between two subjects with sets of survey questions. Example: Q1: Do you prefer physically demanding tasks? A1: Nope Maybe Yes -...
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I am learning computer network, and confused by the queuing delay. In my textbook, it says that when La/R approaches 1, and with random inter-arrival times, then the average queuing delay is closer to ...
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### If the probability of frame being lost is $P.$ Then, calculate the mean no. of transmission for the frame to make it success$.$ [closed]

Here the probability of frame being lost is $P.$ So the probability of frame reaching safely would be $(1-P).$ Now lets consider that the frame will reach safely in $k$-th transmission. That means ...
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### Is quantum computing a serious usable instrument for the IT industry?

Following this latest and very exciting research object I can't find till now a usable computer in that style. I would like to call actual quantum computing by the topic "researching of quantum ...
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### Why does random noise in recurring task periods result in uniform period offsets?

I have a recurring task which finished just now. I schedule it to run every ten minutes; the task will reoccur $10n$ minutes from now for all positive $n$. If instead I choose 50/50 between ten ...
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### Why is $\mathcal{D}^m(\{S:L_{(\mathcal{D},f)}(A(S))\gt \epsilon\})\leq \mathcal{D}^m\left(\bigcup^4_{i=1}F_i\right)$ true?

I am studying the book "Understanding Machine Learning: From Theory to Algorithms". I am struggling to understand the solution to exercise 3 (2) on page 41. Exercise: An axis aligned ...
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### Distributed Graph Consensus to fit a distribution?

$G$ is a strongly connected graph with nodes $V$ and edges $E$. Each node $v_i$ receives a sample $x_i$ from a Gaussian $\mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^2)$ with unknown mean and variance. The objective is for ...
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### Given only the expected runtime of an algorithm, what can Markov's inequality tell us about its worst-case runtime?

The following is exercise 3.8 from the first edition of Mitzenmacher and Upfal's Probability and Computing: Randomized Algorithms and Probabilistic Analysis. Suppose that we have an algorithm that ...
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### Question about "with high probability"

An event that occurs with high probability is one whose probability depends on a certain number $n$ and goes to $1$ as $n$ goes to infinity, i.e. it can be made as close as desired to $1$ by making $n$...
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### Satisfiable CNFs where each clause contains logarithmically many different literals

Studying for my finals in Complexity theory. This question comes up in different variants and it requires to use probability. A side note before, to be more clear: A CNF clause consists of $n$ clauses ...
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### How long a graph random walk takes to hit every vertex?

I have a simply connected graph $G$. I start at a uniformly randomly chosen vertex, and from there, randomly walk through the graph by choosing a random edge to follow at each step. On average, how ...
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### Computing a threshold function

Let $f$ be any function from $\{0, 1\}^{n}$ to $\{-1, 1\}$. For a given $f$, let us define another function $g_f$ as $$g_f(x) = \sum_{x \in \{0, 1\}^{n}} f(x).$$ Let us be ...
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### Deriving a lower bound on the conditional entropy, conditioned on an event

I came across Lemma 19 in Certifying Equality With Limited Interaction, which states the following for jointly distributed random variables $Z$, $W$, where $Z$ takes values in $\{0,1\}^n$, and some ...
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### expected value of map generate algorithm

I designed a program to create a map in my 2D game program. And I have three questions... algorithm: step1: ...
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### A small question about generating random variable with geometric distribution

I was reading Professor Knuth's Volume 2 (page 136) about generating a geometrically distributed random variable $N$ (with $p$ as the probability of success). Basically, the idea is to generate a ...
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### Count Sketch probability bound

I have been reading up on the Count Sketch algorithm, and I stumpled upon the Count Sketh algorithm explained in section 5 of https://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~ac/Teach/data-streams-lecnotes.pdf. Then, I ...
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### Quicksort: Probability of an element being compared to fewer than $k$ pivot elements

Assume we want to use quicksort on some array $s$ with length $n$ consisting of only $n$ distinct elements. Let $S_{(1)},S_{(2)},\dots,S_{(n)}$ be the sorted order of the elements in $S$. Furthermore, ...
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### Dynamic programming and probability - list of problems

Does anyone have a list of problems where you have to combine dynamic programming with probability?
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### The probability that a person succeeds to pick the longest stick from a randomly ordered n sticks of distinct lengths following the optimal strategy?

To begin with, consider two persons(Px and Py) are playing a game. Px is the organiser of the game who has n sticks of distinct lengths and displaying them one by one to Py in a random order, with ...
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### Deterministic algorithms for computational distance between distributions

Computational distance between sequences of distributions $\{X_i\}_{i \in \mathbb{N}}$ and $\{Y_i\}_{i \in \mathbb{N}}$ can be defined as the maximum, over all probabilistic polynomial time algorithms ...
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### oone exmple in hash topics?

Example: Suppose $H:${$1,...,n$} $\rightarrow${$1,..,n$} be a uniform hash function. for input $x$, $z$ is equal to number of trailing zero in the right side of $H(x)$. for $0 \leq c \leq 1$ what is ...
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### Optimal algorithm to distinguish given black box access

This is a variant of this question. Consider two probability distributions $D$ and $U$, over $n$-bit strings, where $U$ is the uniform distribution. Assume that $D$ and $U$ are far apart in total ...
Consider two probability distributions $D$ and $U$, over $n$-bit strings, where $U$ is the uniform distribution. We are not given an explicit description of $D$: we are only given black-box access, ie,...