Recent Berry-Esseen bounds obtained with Stein's method and Poincare inequalities, with Geometric applications

Stochastics Seminar
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 15:05
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
University of Southern California
Recently, new general bounds for the distance to the normal of a non-linear functional have been obtained, both with Poisson input and with IID points input. In the Poisson case, the results have been obtained by combining Stein's method with Malliavin calculus and a 'second-order Poincare inequality', itself obtained through a coupling involving Glauber's dynamics. In the case where the input consists in IID points, Stein's method is again involved, and combined with a particular inequality obtained by Chatterjee in 2008, similar to the second-order Poincar? inequality. Many new results and optimal speeds have been obtained for some Euclidean geometric functionals, such as the minimal spanning tree, the Boolean model, or the Voronoi approximation of sets.