# Exercise sheet

## Contents

# 3. Exercise sheet#

Some general remarks about the exercises:

For your convenience functions from the lecture are included below. Feel free to reuse them without copying to the exercise solution box.

For each part of the exercise a solution box has been added, but you may insert additional boxes. Do not hesitate to add Markdown boxes for textual or LaTeX answers (via

`Cell > Cell Type > Markdown`

). But make sure to replace any part that says`YOUR CODE HERE`

or`YOUR ANSWER HERE`

and remove the`raise NotImplementedError()`

.Please make your code readable by humans (and not just by the Python interpreter): choose informative function and variable names and use consistent formatting. Feel free to check the PEP 8 Style Guide for Python for the widely adopted coding conventions or this guide for explanation.

Make sure that the full notebook runs without errors before submitting your work. This you can do by selecting

`Kernel > Restart & Run All`

in the jupyter menu.For some exercises test cases have been provided in a separate cell in the form of

`assert`

statements. When run, a successful test will give no output, whereas a failed test will display an error message.Each sheet has 100 points worth of exercises. Note that only the grades of sheets number 2, 4, 6, 8 count towards the course examination. Submitting sheets 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 is voluntary and their grades are just for feedback.

Please fill in your name here:

```
NAME = ""
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```

**Exercise sheet 3**

Code from the lectures:

```
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pylab as plt
rng = np.random.default_rng()
%matplotlib inline
def sample_acceptance_rejection(sample_z,accept_probability):
while True:
x = sample_z()
if rng.random() < accept_probability(x):
return x
def estimate_expectation(sampler,n):
'''Compute beste estimate of mean and 1-sigma error with n samples.'''
samples = [sampler() for _ in range(n)]
return np.mean(samples), np.std(samples)/np.sqrt(n-1)
def estimate_expectation_one_pass(sampler,n):
sample_mean = sample_square_dev = 0.0
for k in range(1,n+1):
delta = sampler() - sample_mean
sample_mean += delta / k
sample_square_dev += (k-1)*delta*delta/k
return sample_mean, np.sqrt(sample_square_dev / (n*(n-1)))
```

## 3.1. Acceptance-rejection sampling#

**(35 points)**

The goal of this exercise is to develop a fast sampling algorithm of the discrete random variable \(X\) with probability mass function $\(p_X(k) = \frac{6}{\pi^2} k^{-2}, \qquad k=1,2,\ldots\)$

**(a)** Let \(Z\) be the discrete random variable with \(p_Z(k) = \frac{1}{k} - \frac{1}{k+1}\) for \(k=1,2,\ldots\). Write a function to compute the inverse CDF \(F_Z^{-1}(u)\), such that you can use the inversion method to sample \(Z\) efficiently. **(15 pts)**

```
def f_inverse_Z(u):
'''Compute the inverse CDF of Z, i.e. F_Z^{-1}(u) for 0 <= u <= 1.'''
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
def random_Z():
return int(f_inverse_Z(rng.random())) # make sure to return an integer
```

```
assert f_inverse_Z(0.2)==1
assert f_inverse_Z(0.51)==2
assert f_inverse_Z(0.76)==4
assert f_inverse_Z(0.991)==111
```

**(b)** Implement a sampler for \(X\) using acceptance-rejection based on the sampler of \(Z\). For this you need to first determine a \(c\) such that \(p_X(k) \leq c\,p_Z(k)\) for all \(k=1,2,\ldots\), and then consider an acceptance probability \(p_X(k) / (c p_Z(k))\). Verify the validity of your sampler numerically (e.g. for \(k=1,\ldots,10\)). **(20 pts)**

```
def accept_probability_X(k):
'''Return the appropriate acceptance probability on the event Z=k.'''
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
def random_X():
return sample_acceptance_rejection(random_Z,accept_probability_X)
# Verify numerically
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
```

```
from nose.tools import assert_almost_equal
assert min([random_X() for _ in range(10000)]) >= 1
assert_almost_equal([random_X() for _ in range(10000)].count(1),6079,delta=400)
assert_almost_equal([random_X() for _ in range(10000)].count(3),675,delta=75)
```

## 3.2. Monte Carlo integration & Importance sampling#

**(30 Points)**

Consider the integral

where \(U\) is a uniform random variable in \((0,1)\).

**(a)** Use Monte Carlo integration based on sampling \(U\) to estimate \(I\) with \(1\sigma\) error at most \(0.001\). How many samples do you need? (It is not necessary to automate this: trial and error is sufficient.) **(10 pts)**

```
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
```

**(b)** Choose a random variable \(Z\) on \((0,1)\) whose density resembles the integrand of \(I\) and which you know how to sample efficiently (by inversion method, acceptance-rejection, or a built-in Python function). Estimate \(I\) again using importance sampling, i.e. \(I = \mathbb{E}[X']\) where \(X' = g(Z) f_U(Z)/f_Z(Z)\), with an error of at most 0.001. How many samples did you need this time? **(20 pts)**

```
def sample_nice_Z():
'''Sample from the nice distribution Z'''
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
def sample_X_prime():
'''Sample from X'.'''
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
```

## 3.3. Direct sampling of Dyck paths#

**(35 points)**

Direct sampling of random variables in high dimensions requires some luck and/or ingenuity. Here is an example of a probability distribution on \(\mathbb{Z}^{2n+1}\) that features prominently in the combinatorial literature and can be sampled directly in an efficient manner. A sequence \(\mathbf{x}\equiv(x_0,x_1,\ldots,x_{2n})\in\mathbb{Z}^{2n+1}\) is said to be a **Dyck path** if \(x_0=x_{2n}=0\), \(x_i \geq 0\) and \(|x_{i}-x_{i-1}|=1\) for all \(i=1,\ldots,2n\). Dyck paths are counted by the Catalan numbers \(C(n) = \frac{1}{n+1}\binom{2n}{n}\). Let \(\mathbf{X}=(X_0,\ldots,X_n)\) be a **uniform Dyck path**, i.e. a random variable with probability mass function \(p_{\mathbf{X}}(\mathbf{x}) = 1/C(n)\) for every Dyck path \(\mathbf{x}\). Here is one way to sample \(\mathbf{X}\).

```
def random_dyck_path(n):
'''Returns a uniform Dyck path of length 2n as an array [x_0, x_1, ..., x_{2n}] of length 2n.'''
# produce a (2n+1)-step random walk from 0 to -1
increments = [1]*n +[-1]*(n+1)
rng.shuffle(increments)
unconstrained_walk = np.cumsum(increments)
# determine the first time it reaches its minimum
argmin = np.argmin(unconstrained_walk)
# cyclically permute the increments to ensure walk stays non-negative until last step
rotated_increments = np.roll(increments,-argmin)
# turn off the superfluous -1 step
rotated_increments[0] = 0
# produce dyck path from increments
walk = np.cumsum(rotated_increments)
return walk
plt.plot(random_dyck_path(50))
plt.show()
```

**(a)** Let \(H\) be the (maximal) height of \(X\), i.e. \(H=\max_i X_i\). Estimate the expected height \(\mathbb{E}[H]\) for \(n = 2^5, 2^6, \ldots, 2^{11}\) (including error bars). Determine the growth \(\mathbb{E}[H] \approx a\,n^\beta\) via an appropriate fit. *Hint*: use the `scipy.optimize.curve_fit`

function with the option `sigma = ...`

to incorporate the standard errors on \(\mathbb{E}[H]\) in the fit. Note that when you supply the errors appropriately, fitting on linear or logarithmic scale should result in the same answer. **(25 pts)**

```
# Collect height estimates
n_values = [2**k for k in range(5,11+1)]
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
```

```
from scipy.optimize import curve_fit
# Fitting
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
print("Fit parameters: a = {}, beta = {}".format(a_fit,beta_fit))
```

```
# Plotting
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
```

**(b)** Produce a histogram of the height \(H / \sqrt{n}\) for \(n = 2^5, 2^6, \ldots, 2^{11}\) and \(3000\) samples each and demonstrate with a plot that it appears to converge in distribution as \(n\to\infty\). *Hint*: you could call `plt.hist(...,density=True,histtype='step')`

for each \(n\) to plot the densities on top of each other. **(10 pts)**

```
# YOUR CODE HERE
raise NotImplementedError()
```