Convergence to scale-invariant Poisson processes and applications in Dickman approximation

Bhattacharjee, Chinmoy; Molchanov, Ilya (2020). Convergence to scale-invariant Poisson processes and applications in Dickman approximation. Electronic journal of probability, 25, pp. 1-20. Institute of Mathematical Statistics 10.1214/20-EJP482

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We study weak convergence of a sequence of point processes to a scale-invariant simple point process. For a deterministic sequence (zn)n∈N of positive real numbers increasing to infinity as n→∞ and a sequence (Xk)k∈N of independent non-negative integer-valued random variables, we consider the sequence of point processes νn=∞∑k=1Xkδzk/zn,n∈N, and prove that, under some general conditions, it converges vaguely in distribution to a scale-invariant Poisson process ηc on (0,∞) with the intensity measure having the density ct−1, t∈(0,∞). An important motivating example from probabilistic number theory relies on choosing Xk∼Geom(1−1/pk) and zk=logpk, k∈N, where (pk)k∈N is an enumeration of the primes in increasing order. We derive a general result on convergence of the integrals ∫10tνn(dt) to the integral ∫10tηc(dt)

, the latter having a generalized Dickman distribution, thus providing a new way of proving Dickman convergence results.

We extend our results to the multivariate setting and provide sufficient conditions for vague convergence in distribution for a broad class of sequences of point processes obtained by mapping the points from (0,∞)
to Rd

via multiplication by i.i.d. random vectors. In addition, we introduce a new class of multivariate Dickman distributions which naturally extends the univariate setting.
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Chinmoy Bhattacharjee. Ilya Molchanov. "Convergence to scale-invariant Poisson processes and applications in Dickman approximation." Electron. J. Probab. 25 1 - 20, 2020.
Received: 27 November 2019; Accepted: 8 June 2020; Published: 2020
First available in Project Euclid: 11 July 2020

Zentralblatt MATH identifier: 07252711
Mathematical Reviews number: MR4125784
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/20-EJP482

Primary: 11K99, 60F05, 60G55, 60G57

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Mathematics and Statistics > Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science

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Bhattacharjee, Chinmoy and Molchanov, Ilya


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
500 Science > 510 Mathematics




Institute of Mathematical Statistics




Ilya Molchanov

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25 Feb 2021 15:28

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