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Multivariate log-concave distributions as a nearly parametric model

Dominic Schuhmacher, André Hüsler and Lutz Dümbgen


In this paper we show that the family Pd(lc) of probability distributions on ℝd with log-concave densities satisfies a strong continuity condition. In particular, it turns out that weak convergence within this family entails (i) convergence in total variation distance, (ii) convergence of arbitrary moments, and (iii) pointwise convergence of Laplace transforms. In this and several other respects the nonparametric model Pd(lc) behaves like a parametric model such as, for instance, the family of all d-variate Gaussian distributions. As a consequence of the continuity result, we prove the existence of nontrivial confidence sets for the moments of an unknown distribution in Pd(lc). Our results are based on various new inequalities for log-concave distributions which are of independent interest.

* Correspondence address: University of Bern, Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial, Alpeneggstrasse 22, 3012 Bern, Schweiz,

Published Online: 2011-11-04
Published in Print: 2011-09

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