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Hoeffding’s inequality for supermartingales


  • Fan, Xiequan
  • Grama, Ion
  • Liu, Quansheng


We give an extension of Hoeffding’s inequality to the case of supermartingales with differences bounded from above. Our inequality strengthens or extends the inequalities of Freedman, Bernstein, Prohorov, Bennett and Nagaev.

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  • Fan, Xiequan & Grama, Ion & Liu, Quansheng, 2012. "Hoeffding’s inequality for supermartingales," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 122(10), pages 3545-3559.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:spapps:v:122:y:2012:i:10:p:3545-3559 DOI: 10.1016/

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    1. Liu, Quansheng & Watbled, Frédérique, 2009. "Exponential inequalities for martingales and asymptotic properties of the free energy of directed polymers in a random environment," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 119(10), pages 3101-3132, October.
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    1. Dedecker, Jérôme & Fan, Xiequan, 2015. "Deviation inequalities for separately Lipschitz functionals of iterated random functions," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 125(1), pages 60-90.
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    3. Rio, Emmanuel, 2017. "New deviation inequalities for martingales with bounded increments," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 127(5), pages 1637-1648.


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