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Quantitative Breuer-Major Theorems


  • Ivan Nourdin

    () (Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires, Université Pierre et Marie Curie)

  • Giovanni Peccati

    () (University of Luxembourg)

  • Mark Podolskij

    () (ETH Zürich and CREATES)


We consider sequences of random variables of the type $S_n= n^{-1/2} \sum_{k=1}^n f(X_k)$, $n\geq 1$, where $X=(X_k)_{k\in \Z}$ is a $d$-dimensional Gaussian process and $f: \R^d \rightarrow \R$ is a measurable function. It is known that, under certain conditions on $f$ and the covariance function $r$ of $X$, $S_n$ converges in distribution to a normal variable $S$. In the present paper we derive several explicit upper bounds for quantities of the type $|\E[h(S_n)] -\E[h(S)]|$, where $h$ is a sufficiently smooth test function. Our methods are based on Malliavin calculus, on interpolation techniques and on the Stein's method for normal approximation. The bounds deduced in our paper depend only on $\E[f^2(X_1)]$ and on simple infinite series involving the components of $r$. In particular, our results generalize and refine some classic CLTs by Breuer-Major, Giraitis-Surgailis and Arcones, concerning the normal approximation of partial sums associated with Gaussian-subordinated time-series.

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  • Ivan Nourdin & Giovanni Peccati & Mark Podolskij, 2010. "Quantitative Breuer-Major Theorems," CREATES Research Papers 2010-22, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
  • Handle: RePEc:aah:create:2010-22

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    1. Bardet, Jean-Marc & Surgailis, Donatas, 2013. "Moment bounds and central limit theorems for Gaussian subordinated arrays," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 114(C), pages 457-473.
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    3. Pham, Viet-Hung, 2013. "On the rate of convergence for central limit theorems of sojourn times of Gaussian fields," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 123(6), pages 2158-2174.
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    Berry-Esseen bounds; Breuer-Major central limit theorems; Gaussian processes; Interpolation; Malliavin calculus; Stein’s method;

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    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General
    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General

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