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Hoeffding's inequality for uniformly ergodic Markov chains


  • Glynn, Peter W.
  • Ormoneit, Dirk


We provide a generalization of Hoeffding's inequality to partial sums that are derived from a uniformly ergodic Markov chain. Our exponential inequality on the deviation of these sums from their expectation is particularly useful in situations where we require uniform control on the constants appearing in the bound.

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  • Glynn, Peter W. & Ormoneit, Dirk, 2002. "Hoeffding's inequality for uniformly ergodic Markov chains," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 56(2), pages 143-146, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:stapro:v:56:y:2002:i:2:p:143-146

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    1. Balaji, S. & Meyn, S. P., 2000. "Multiplicative ergodicity and large deviations for an irreducible Markov chain," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 90(1), pages 123-144, November.
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