**Applied Mathematics** Vol.3 No.12A(2012), Article ID:25997,7 pages DOI:10.4236/am.2012.312A282

Large and Moderate Deviations for Projective Systems and Projective Limits

Department of Sciences, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece

Email: tryfondaras@gmail.com

Received September 11, 2012; revised October 11, 2012; accepted October 18, 2012

**Keywords:** Large Deviations; Projective Systems; Projective Limits; Moderate Deviations

ABSTRACT

One of the active fields in applied probability, the last two decades, is that of large deviations theory i.e. the one dealing with the (asymptotic) computation of probabilities of rare events which are exponentially small as a function of some parameter e.g. the amplitude of the noise perturbing a dynamical system. Basic ideas of the theory can be tracked back to Laplace, the first rigorous results are due to Cramer although a clear definition was introduced by Varadhan in 1966. Large deviations estimates have been proved to be the crucial tool in studying problems in Statistics, Physics (Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics), Finance (Monte-Carlo methods, option pricing, long term portfolio investment) and in Applied probability (queuing theory). The aim of this work is to describe one of the (recent) methods of proving large deviations results, namely that of projective systems. We compare the method with the one of projective limits and show the advantages of the first. These advantages are due to the fact that: 1) the arguments are direct and the proofs of the basic results of the theory are much easier and simpler; 2) we are able to extend most of these results using suitable projective systems. We apply the method in the case of a) sequences of i.i.d. r.v.’s and b) sequences of exchangeable r.v.’s. All the results are being proved in a simple “unified” way.

1. Notation and Basic Results

Definition 1.1. Let E be a Hausdorff topological space, F a σ-algebra of subsets of E, and (with D a directed set) a net of probability measures (p.m.’s) defined on F. We say that, the net of p.m.’s satisfies the full large deviations principle ([1,2]), with normalizeing constants (such that

) and rate function, if I is lower semi-continuous and, we have:

1) (upper bound)

(1)

2) (lower bound)

(2)

with cl(B) (int(B)) the closure (respectively the interior) of the set Β.

If, in addition, (level set) is compact, I is called a good rate function.

Remark 1.2.

If the upper bound is valid for all compact sets, while the lower bound is still true for all open sets, we say that the net of p.m.’s satisfies the weak large deviations principle.

In order to “pass” from a weak LDP to a full LDP we have to find a way of showing that, most of the probability mass (at least on an exponential scale) is concentrated on compact sets. The tool for doing this, is the following.

Definition 1.3.

A net of p.m.’s defined on (E,F) is called exponentially tight, if there is a compact set (subset of E) such that:

(3)

Exponential tightness is applied to the following proposition to strengthen a weak large deviations result. A proof of the proposition can be found in [1].

Proposition 1.4.

Let be a net of p.m.’s defined on that is exponentially tight.

Then: a) if the upper bound holds for all compact sets, then it also holds for all closed sets.

b) if the lower bound holds for all open sets, then the rate function is good.

Now, we will characterize families of topological spaces. This special kind of families will play an important role in proving large deviations results.

Definition 1.5. The family, with A a directed set, is called a projective system if:

1) is a Hausdorff topological space 2) is a continuous, subjective map such that, if: Also, is the identity map on.

We also consider a Hausdorff topological space E, F a σ-algebra of subsets of E and a continuous, surjective map s.t. if

and for then.

The following two theorems give large deviations results in the case of projective systems [3].

Theorem 1.6. Let E be a Hausdorff topological space, F a σ-algebra of subsets of E s.t.: a) F contains the class of compact sets and b) F contains a base U for the topology.

Let be a projective system and

be as above. Assume that is measurable when E is endowed with F and with the Borel σ-algebra. Let be a net of p.m.’s on F and assume that:

i), the net of p.m.’s satisfies a large deviations principle with normalizing constants and rate function

ii) the net of p.m.’s is exponentially tight.

Then, the net satisfies the large deviations principle with normalizing constants and good rate function.

When E is endowed with a specific topology (namely the topology induced by the maps), Theorem 1.6 has the following form.

Theorem 1.7. Let E, be as in theorem 1.6. Endow E with the initial topology induced by the maps and let F be the σ-algebra of subsets of E such that is measurable, where is endowed with its Borel σ-algebra. Let be a net of p.m.’s on F and assume that:

i), the net of p.m.’s satisfies a large deviation principle with normalizing constants and rate function

ii) there is a function such that

the setis compact and:

Then, the net of p.m.’s satisfies the large deviations principle with normalizing constants

and good rate function Ι, and

.

On early days, large deviations results were proved using “large” spaces. One of these spaces is described below.

Definition 1.8. Let be a projective system. The projective limit of this system (denoted by

) is the subset of the product space which consists of the elements for which

when, endowed with the topology induced by Υ ([2]).

The following basic result, analogous to that of Theorem 1.7, allows one to transport a large deviations result on a “smaller” topological space to a “larger” one.

Theorem 1.9. Dawson-Gärtner (large deviations for projective limits).

Let be a net of p.m.’s defined on

. Assume that, the net of p.m.’s satisfies the full large deviations principle with constants and good rate function. Then, the net of p.m.’s satisfies the full large deviations principle with constants and good rate function:

(4)

Remark 1.10. The space E of Theorem 1.9 is specificnamely (in Theorem 1.7 E is arbitrary).

Theorem 1.9 is a special case of the Theorem 1.7.

Proof. (of Theorem 1.9)

Define the map. It is easy to see (using properties of the projective limits) that

the map i.e.

condition ii) of Theorem 1.7 is satisfied. Then, theorem 1.9 follows from Theorem 1.7.

The motivation for this paper was to find a “unified” way of proving large deviations results. This is done by using the projective systems approach. Using this approach, and not the one of projective limits, the proofs of most of the basic results of the theory are much easier and simpler, the arguments direct. Also, we are able to prove extensions of these results to more abstract spaces, at least in the case of exchangeable sequences of r.v.’s.

2. Applications

We now give some of the basic results of the large deviations theory. Extensions of these theorems can be easier proved using projective systems.

1) Theorem 2.1. (Cramer)

Let be a sequence of independent and identically distributed (i.i.d) random variables (r.v.’s), taking values in with (common) distribution

and.

1) If

(5)

then: a) (upper bound) closed:

(6)

with

and

(7)

b), the set is compact.

2) (lower bound) open:

(8)

Theorem 2.2 generalizes Cramer’s theorem in the case of a separable Banach space. The proof is given here using projective systems.

Theorem 2.2. (Donsker-Varadhan 1976) (Generalization of Cramer’s theorem)

Let E be a separable Banach space and F its Borel σ-algebra. Let be a sequence of i.i.d. E-valued r.v.’s and

where.

Then, the sequence of p.m.’s satisfies the large deviations principle with constants and good rate function Ι:where is the dual space of Ε and

(in other words Theorem 2.1. is true).

Proof.

Let be the family of finite-dimensional subspaces of, directed upward by inclusion. For each

, let and

the canonical projection of Ε onto, i.e.; for each

, let with

be the canonical projection. The family is a projective system

(are finite-dimensional normed spaces)

and satisfy the assumptions of Theorem 1.7, since:

i) The assumption implies that the sequence of p.m.’s. is exponentially tight, since:

If t, a are constants, and r such that:

, we get.

For given, we choose the (compact) set:

ii) For each the sequence of p.m.’s

satisfies the full large deviations principle with good rate function:

.

In fact, since:

If we define the r.v.’s, they are i.i.d. with common distribution and values in the space. Also

from hypothesis, so using Cramer’s Theorem 2.1 (for finite dimensional spaces, see e.g. [1,4]), we have that the sequence of p.m.’s:

satisfies the large deviations principle with rate function

(using that):

From i) and ii), and Theorem 1.7 we get that, the sequence of p.m.’s. satisfies the large deviations principle with good rate function

.

But:, so

When someone deals with the empirical measures of an i.i.d sequence, the following large deviations result is true.

2) Theorem 2.3. (Sanov’s theorem in for independent random variables)

Let be a sequence of independent and identically distributed r.v.’s, taking values in with (common) distribution, the space of probability measures on equipped with the weak topology. Then:

1) a) (upper bound) (weakly) closed:

with Dirac’s measure defined on x, and

(9)

(Kullback-Leibner information number or relative entropy of ν with respect to μ)

b), the set is (weakly) compact.

2) (lower bound) open:

Remark 2.4. Theorem 2.3 is also true in the case of r.v.’s taking values in a complete separable topological space S and the space of probability measures P(S) is endowed with the weak topology (Donker-Varadhan (1976) and Bahadur-Zabell (1979) [1,5]). We prove now a generalization of Theorem 2.3 (the space P(S) is endowed with the τ-topology instead of the weak), using suitable projective systems. Also the r.v.’s are taking values on any set S which is endowed with a σ-algebra S (no need for topology on S).

Let be a measurable space (i.e. S is any set and S a σ-algebra of subsets of S) and assume that the space is endowed with the τ-topology

where the space of the bounded, S measurable maps; convergence of nets of p.m.’s is defined in a similar way). Let also be the σ-algebra induced on by.

Theorem 2.5. (Sanov’s theorem for the τ-topology)

Let be a sequence of i.i.d. r.v.’s, with (common) distribution, and values in the set S and S a σ-algebra of subsets of S. Then:

1) a) (upper bound):

b), the set is τ-compact.

2) (lower bound):

Proof.

Let and the family of all finite subsets of, directed upward by inclusion. For is defined by: and for

is the restriction map. It is easy to see that: Ι) the maps are - measurable ΙΙ) the τ-topology on, is the initial topology induced by the maps, making the family a projective system.

If and for

the probability measure:

where with

defined by and the r.v.’s

are i.i.d -valued and

.

Using 2.1. (for), we get that the sequence of p.m.’s satisfies the large deviations principle with rate function:

i.e. condition i) of Theorem 1.7 is satisfied.

Also using an argument similar to that of Theorem 2.1 in [6], or else Lemma 2.1 [7] implies that, the set

is τ-compact. This, using Lemma 2.2 [7], implies that

(condition ii) of Theorem 1.7). So, using Theorem 1.7, the sequence of p.m.’s satisfies the large deviations principle with rate function.

3) Theorem (Sanov’s theorem for exchangeable r.v.’s)

Sanov’s Theorem 2.5 is still true in the case when the independence, as a dependence relation among the random variables of a stochastic process, is replaced by a weaker one described below.

Definition 2.6. Let be r.v.s defined on the p.s. and values in the m.s.. We say that the r.v.’s are exchangeable or interchangeable [8], if the joint distribution of any κ of them, depends only on κ and not the specific r.v.’s. (the r.v.’s are identically distributed but not necessarily independent).

The notion of exchangeability is central in Bayesian Statistics and plays a role analogous to that played by i.i.d sequences in classical frequentist theory (in B.S. an exchangeable sequence is one such that future samples behave like earlier samples, meaning that any order of a finite number of samples is equally like). The bivariate normal distribution, the classical Polya’s urn model, any convex combination of i.i.d. r.v.’s, are some examples of exchangeable r.v.’s. An i.i.d sequence is (trivially) an exchangeable one and the same is true for a mixture distribution of i.i.d. sequences. A converse proposition (to this) is the well known, powerful result in the case of exchangeable sequences, de Finetti’s theorem.

Theorem 2.7. (de Finetti’s representation theorem)

If is a sequence of exchangeable r.v.’s, then there is a probability space and transition probability function, i.e. a function such that:

a) is a probability measure on S b) is a measurable function on Θ, and

(10)

with is the product measure on with all its components equal to. We say that, P is a mixture of the p.m.’s with mixing measure m.

Theorem 2.8. (Sanov’s theorem for exchangeable r.v.s in τ-topology)

Let be a measurable space, the space

is endowed with the τ-topology and.

Let also and:

(11)

Let be a sequence of exchangeable r.v.’s taking values in S and suppose that the function

is τ-continuous. Then:

1) If the space Θ is compact

α) (upper bound):

β), the set is τ-compact.

2) (lower bound):

Proof.

Using Theorems 2.1 and 2.2 [9], it is enough to prove:

whenever, the sequence of p.m.’s satisfies the large deviations principle with rate function.

We define the projective system where

the family of all finite subsets of, directed upward by inclusion, for, the map is defined by

and for is the restriction map.

Finally. Then:

Ι) For: the p.m.

where

and the r.v.s are i.i.d (with respect to the p.m.) with values in. The map:

is jointly lower-semi-continuous, so using Theorem 3.1. [9] (or directly using Gartner-Ellis theorem), we get that the sequence of p.m satisfies the large deviations principle with rate function:

II) It can be proved (in a way analogous to Theorem 2.1 Daras [6], see also the proof of Theorem 2.5) that

Finally, the result follows using Ι) and ΙΙ) and Theorem 1.7.

Remark 2.9.

a) Sanov’s theorem is true in a more general setting, namely when the p.m. P is a mixture of p.m.’s [6]. Then, Theorem 2.8 follows, as a corollary, using de Finetti’s theorem.

b) Theorem 2.8 extends a result of Dinwoodie and Zabell [9]. They prove their statement for a sequence

of r.v.’s taking values in a Polish space S (no need here for topology on S) and the space is endowed with the weak topology (stronger than the τ-topology).

4) Moderate deviations

Let be a positive real sequence such that:

, (12)

and a sequence of exchangeable r.v.s with distribution and for:

(13)

Let be the subspace of consisting of all those maps g, such that. Endow the space M(S) of finite signed measures on S with the topology generated by, i.e. the smallest topology making the maps of the form:

continuous and let

the σ-algebra induced on by. Then if and

(14)

the following large deviations principle is true [6].

Theorem 2.10. (moderate deviations for empirical measures)

Let be a sequence of exchangeable r.v.’s taking values in S. Assume that the map

is τ-continuous. Then:

1) If the space Θ is compact, then a) (upper bound):

with

b), the level set is τ- compact.

2) (lower bound):

Remark 2.11.

a) Large deviations with normalizing constants of the form (12) are being called moderate deviations [6,10].

b) Theorem 2.10 generalizes Theorem 3.1. in [11].

There, the sequence is based on a sequence of r.v.’s taking values in a m.s. and the space is endowed with the τ-topology.

c) Theorem 2.10 is true in general, namely when the p.m. P is a mixture of p.m.’s [6]. Then, Theorem 2.10 follows using de Finetti’s theorem.

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