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Esseen 100 Years

Europe/Stockholm
Uppsala University

Uppsala University

Description

The first day (17th) will be held at Universitetshuset (University main building) room VIII (click here for map) and the second day (18th) will be held at Gustavianum auditorium minus (click here for map).


Conference dinner will be held at Borgen (map) at 18:00 on the first day (Monday 17th).


The aim of this workshop is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Carl-Gustav Esseen who was born on the 18th of September 1918. He received world fame with his PhD-thesis in 1944 on the remainder term estimate in the central limit theorem. Esseen held the chair of applied mathematics, later mathematical statistics, at the Technical University (KTH) in Stockholm between 1949 and 1967, after which he moved to the newly created chair at Uppsala University, where he stayed until his retirement at the end of 1984. He died in November 2001 at the age of 83.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Irina Shevtsova (Moscow State University)
  • Bero Roos (University of Trier)
  • Georg Lindgren (Lund University)
  • Adrian Roellin (National University of Singapore)
  • Lutz Mattner (University of Trier)

Sponsors

Kungliga Vetenskapssamhället i Uppsala

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Department of Mathematics, Uppsala University

Abstract
Participants
  • Adrian` Roellin
  • Allan Gut
  • Anders Martin-Löf
  • Bengt von Bahr
  • Bero Roos
  • Cecilia Holmgren
  • Dag Jonsson
  • Debleena Thacker
  • Dietrich von Rosen
  • Erik Ekström
  • Filipe Mussini
  • Georg Lindgren
  • Ingemar Kaj
  • Irina Shevtsova
  • Jan Enger
  • Jeffrey Steif
  • Jesper Rydén
  • Kristi Kuljus
  • Lars Holst
  • Lutz Mattner
  • Raazesh Sainudiin
  • Rauf Ahmad
  • Rebekka Müller
  • Rolf Larsson
  • Silvelyn Zwanzig
  • Svante Janson
  • Sven Erick Alm
  • Tilo Wiklund
  • Tom Briton
  • Torbjörn Thedéen
  • Torkel Erhardsson
  • Yuqiong Wang
  • Örjan Stenflo
  • Monday, 17 September
    • 11:00 11:10
      Welcome 10m Sal VIII (Universitetshuset)

      Sal VIII

      Universitetshuset

      Speaker: Allan Gut
    • 11:15 12:05
      Esseen's contribution and recent results in investigation of the rate of convergence in the central limit theorem 50m Sal VIII (Universitetshuset)

      Sal VIII

      Universitetshuset

      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.
      Speaker: Irina Shevtsova
    • 12:05 13:05
      Lunch 1h Sal VIII (Universitetshuset)

      Sal VIII

      Universitetshuset

    • 13:05 13:55
      Berry-Esseen for summands Zolotarev-zeta-close to normal 50m Sal VIII (Universitetshuset)

      Sal VIII

      Universitetshuset

      See [attached abstract here](https://indico.uu.se/event/459/material/0/0.pdf)
      Speaker: Lutz Mattner (Universität Trier)
    • 14:00 14:40
      Mixing Times for Random Walks on Dynamical Percolation 40m Sal VIII (Universitetshuset)

      Sal VIII

      Universitetshuset

      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.
      Speaker: Jeffrey E. Steif
    • 14:40 15:00
      Coffee 20m Sal VIII (Universitetshuset)

      Sal VIII

      Universitetshuset

    • 15:00 15:45
      Guided tour 45m Sal VIII (Universitetshuset)

      Sal VIII

      Universitetshuset

    • 15:45 16:15
      Asymptotics for Petersburg games with trimming 30m Sal VIII (Universitetshuset)

      Sal VIII

      Universitetshuset

      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.
      Speaker: Anders Martin-Löf
    • 16:20 16:35
      . 15m Sal VIII (Universitetshuset)

      Sal VIII

      Universitetshuset

      Speaker: Torbjörn Thedéen
    • 18:00 20:00
      Dinner 2h Restaurant Borgen

      Restaurant Borgen

  • Tuesday, 18 September
    • 10:00 10:50
      From Esseen to Stein 50m
      One 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.
      Speaker: Adrian Röllin (National University of Singapore)
    • 10:50 11:20
      Coffee 30m
    • 11:20 11:40
      Conditions for convergence of random coefficient AR(1) processes in higher dimensions 20m Gustavianum

      Gustavianum

      [See attached abstract](https://indico.uu.se/event/459/material/0/1.pdf)
      Speaker: Torkel Erhardsson
    • 11:40 12:10
      Peak numbers and other statistics of random permutations 30m
      Speaker: Svante Janson
    • 12:10 13:00
      Lunch 50m
    • 13:00 13:50
      On the compound Poisson approximation for convolutions of probability measures 50m
      We 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.
      Speaker: Bero Roos
    • 13:55 14:45
      The unexpected influence of a mathematician - on engineering - and on statistics 50m
      I 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.
      Speaker: Georg Lindgren
    • 14:45 15:00
      Closing 15m
    • 15:00 15:45
      Guided tour 45m Gustavianum

      Gustavianum

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