Fri 10 Jun 16:00: Chaining and convexity

With Ramon van Handel (Princeton)

Chaining and convexity

Classical estimates on the suprema of random processes in terms of metric entropy have found widespread use in probability theory, statistics, computer science, and other areas. Such estimates are powerful and easy to use, but often fail to be sharp. To obtain sharp bounds, one must replace these methods by a multiscale analogue known as the generic chaining that was developed by Talagrand. Unfortunately, the latter is notoriously difficult to use in any given situation. In this talk, I will show how convex optimization can be used as an engine to generate multiscale approximations. This provides a general-purpose tool for bounding the suprema of random processes that can be almost as easy to use as classical entropy estimates, but that nonetheless produces sharp results in various interesting situations where classical methods are known to fail.

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