DMTCS Proceedings, 2005 International Conference on Analysis of Algorithms

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Position of the maximum in a sequence with geometric distribution

M. Archibald


As a sequel to [arch04], the position of the maximum in a geometrically distributed sample is investigated. Samples of length n are considered, where the maximum is required to be in the first d positions. The probability that the maximum occurs in the first d positions is sought for d dependent on n (as opposed to d fixed in [arch04]). Two scenarios are discussed. The first is when d=αn for 0 < α≤1, where Mellin transforms are used to obtain the asymptotic results. The second is when 1 ≤d = o(n).

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