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Esseen 100 Years

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Monday, September 17, 201811:00 AM Welcome - Allan GutWelcome
- Allan Gut

11:00 AM - 11:10 AMRoom: Sal VIII11:15 AM Esseen's contribution and recent results in investigation of the rate of convergence in the central limit theorem - Irina ShevtsovaEsseen's contribution and recent results in investigation of the rate of convergence in the central limit theorem- Irina Shevtsova

11:15 AM - 12:05 PMRoom: Sal VIII Starting from the central limit theorem due to Lyapunov we give an overview of Esseen’s fundamental results in investigation of the rate of convergence in the CLT. We present a wide class of Berry-Esseen-type inequalities providing estimates of the accuracy of the normal approximation to distributions of sums of independent random variables in various metrics and involving various integral-type characteristics of the random summands coming back to the pioneer works of Berry (1941), Esseen (1942, 1969), and Osipov (1965). Finally, being inspired by Esseen’s asymptotic expansion (1945) we provide a new asymptotic and still explicit moment-type estimate of the rate of convergence in the CLT which is optimal in the sense that it’s main term as a function of the standardized average third-order moment of random summands coincides with that in Esseen’s asymptotic expansion for the Kolmogorov distance. We also look at the problem of classification of the appearing asymptotically exact constants and present their exact values or two-sided bounds.12:05 PM LunchLunch12:05 PM - 1:05 PMRoom: Sal VIII1:05 PM Berry-Esseen for summands Zolotarev-zeta-close to normal - Lutz Mattner (Universität Trier)Berry-Esseen for summands Zolotarev-zeta-close to normal- Lutz Mattner (Universität Trier)

1:05 PM - 1:55 PMRoom: Sal VIII See [attached abstract here](https://indico.uu.se/event/459/material/0/0.pdf)2:00 PM Mixing Times for Random Walks on Dynamical Percolation - Jeffrey E. SteifMixing Times for Random Walks on Dynamical Percolation- Jeffrey E. Steif

2:00 PM - 2:40 PMRoom: Sal VIII In this talk, I will discuss the mixing behavior of random walk on dynamical percolation. In this model, the edges of a graph G are either open or closed and they refresh their status at rate μ, while at the same time a random walker moves on G at rate 1, but only along edges which are open. Restricting to the d-dimensional torus with side length n, I will discuss the mixing time (how long it takes to get close to equilibrium) as a function of n both when the bond parameter is subcritical for percolation and when it is supercritical for percolation. The behavior in these two regimes is very different. No background in percolation or mixing times of Markov chains will be assumed. This is based on two joint works, one with Y. Peres and A. Stauffer and one with Y. Peres and P. Sousi.2:40 PM CoffeeCoffee2:40 PM - 3:00 PMRoom: Sal VIII3:00 PM Guided tourGuided tour3:00 PM - 3:45 PMRoom: Sal VIII3:45 PM Asymptotics for Petersburg games with trimming - Anders Martin-LöfAsymptotics for Petersburg games with trimming- Anders Martin-Löf

3:45 PM - 4:15 PMRoom: Sal VIII A sequence of Petersburg games is considered, and the asymptotics of the total gain is demonstrated. When the largest gains are deleted the total has another asymptotics which can be derived.4:20 PM . - Torbjörn Thedéen.- Torbjörn Thedéen

4:20 PM - 4:35 PMRoom: Sal VIII6:00 PM DinnerDinner6:00 PM - 8:00 PM -
Tuesday, September 18, 201810:00 AM From Esseen to Stein - Adrian Röllin (National University of Singapore)From Esseen to Stein
- Adrian Röllin (National University of Singapore)

10:00 AM - 10:50 AMOne key ingredient in Carl-Gustav Esseen’s proof of the Berry-Esseen bound is a smoothing inequality that quantifies the distance between two distribution functions in terms of the distance between their characteristic functions. What is well-known is how to use this inequality with a subsequent Taylor expansion of the characteristic functions to proof the Berry-Esseen bound. What is not so well-known is that Esseen’s inequality can also be combined with ideas introduced by Charles Stein to obtain an alternative proof of the Berry-Esseen bound. In this talk we will give a gentle introduction to Esseen’s work on the Berry-Esseen bound and to some ideas of Stein’s method.10:50 AM CoffeeCoffee10:50 AM - 11:20 AM11:20 AM Conditions for convergence of random coefficient AR(1) processes in higher dimensions - Torkel ErhardssonConditions for convergence of random coefficient AR(1) processes in higher dimensions- Torkel Erhardsson

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM[See attached abstract](https://indico.uu.se/event/459/material/0/1.pdf)11:40 AM Peak numbers and other statistics of random permutations - Svante JansonPeak numbers and other statistics of random permutations- Svante Janson

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM12:10 PM LunchLunch12:10 PM - 1:00 PM1:00 PM On the compound Poisson approximation for convolutions of probability measures - Bero RoosOn the compound Poisson approximation for convolutions of probability measures- Bero Roos

1:00 PM - 1:50 PMWe consider the approximation of a convolution of possibly different probability measures by a compound Poisson distribution and also by related signed measures of higher order. We present new total variation bounds having a better structure than those from the literature. A numerical example illustrates the usefulness of the bounds. The proofs use arguments from [1] and [2] in combination with new smoothness inequalities, which could be of independent interest. The talk is based on [3]. References: [1] Kerstan, J. (1964). Verallgemeinerung eines Satzes von Prochorow und Le Cam, Z. Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie und Verw. Gebiete, 2, 173-179. [2] Roos, B. (1999). On the rate of multivariate Poisson convergence. J. Multivariate Anal., 69, 120-134. [3] Roos, B. (2017). Refined total variation bounds in the multivariate and compound Poisson approximation. ALEA, Lat. Am. J. Probab. Math. Stat. 14, 337-360.1:55 PM The unexpected influence of a mathematician - on engineering - and on statistics - Georg LindgrenThe unexpected influence of a mathematician - on engineering - and on statistics- Georg Lindgren

1:55 PM - 2:45 PMI will describe some crucial steps in the history of Swedish mathematical statistics, starting with the first timid steps at the beginning of the twentieth century, finishing with Carl Gustav Esseen's almost 20 years as professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, 1949-1967. I will illustrate the great influence he had on developing technologies as examples of the necessary but delicate relations between different sciences and personalities. The talk is based on the article ``Why distinguish between statistics and mathematical statistics -- the case of Swedish academia'', International Statistical Review, (2018), by Peter Guttorp and myself.2:45 PM ClosingClosing2:45 PM - 3:00 PM3:00 PM Guided tourGuided tour3:00 PM - 3:45 PM