Asymptotics of One-Dimensional Lévy Approximations

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Arno Berger, Chuang Xu

For arbitrary Borel probability measures on the real line, necessary and sufficient conditions are presented that characterize best purely atomic approximations relative to the classical Lévy probability metric, given any number of atoms, and allowing for additional constraints regarding locations or weights of atoms. The precise asymptotics (as the number of atoms goes to infinity) of the approximation error is identified for the important special cases of best uniform (i.e. all atoms having equal weight) and best (i.e. unconstrained) approximations, respectively. When compared to similar results known for other probability metrics, the results for Lévy approximations are more complete and require fewer assumptions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Theoretical Probability
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019

    Research areas

  • Approximation error, Asymptotic point distribution, Best (uniform) approximation, Inverse function, Inverse measure, Lévy probability metric

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