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Unformatted text preview: Lecture Notes 7 Convergence and Limit Theorems Motivation Convergence with Probability 1 Convergence in Mean Square Convergence in Probability, WLLN Convergence in Distribution, CLT EE 278: Convergence and Limit Theorems 7 1 Motivation One of the key questions in statistical signal processing is how to estimate the statistics of a r.v., e.g., its mean, variance, distribution, etc. To estimate such a statistic, we collect samples and use an estimator in the form of a sample average How good is the estimator ? Does it converge to the true statistic? How many samples do we need to ensure with some confidence that we are within a certain range of the true value of the statistic? Another key question in statistical signal processing is how to estimate a signal from noisy observations, e.g., using MSE or linear MSE Does the estimator converge to the true signal? How many observations do we need to achieve a desired estimation accuracy? The subject of convergence and limit theorems for r.v.s addresses such questions EE 278: Convergence and Limit Theorems 7 2 Example: Estimating the Mean of a R.V. Let X be a r.v. with finite but unknown mean E( X ) To estimate the mean we generate X 1 , X 2 , . . . , X n i.i.d. samples drawn according to the same distribution as X and compute the sample mean S n = 1 n n X i =1 X i Does S n converge to E( X ) as we increase n ? If so, how fast? But what does it mean to say that a r.v. sequence S n converges to E( X ) ? First we give an example: Let X 1 , X 2 , . . . , X n be i.i.d. N (0 , 1) We use Matlab to generate 6 sets of outcomes of X 1 , . . . , X n We then plot s n for the 6 sets of outcomes as a function of n Note that each s n sequence appears to be converging to , the mean of the r.v., as n increases EE 278: Convergence and Limit Theorems 7 3 Plots of Sample Sequences of S n 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 102 2 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 1000.5 0.5 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 10000.2 0.2 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 8000 9000 100000.05 0.05 n s n s n s n s n EE 278: Convergence and Limit Theorems 7 4 Convergence With Probability 1 Recall that a sequence of numbers x 1 , x 2 , . . . , x n , . . . converges to x if for every > , there exists an n ( ) such that  x n x  < for every n n ( ) Now consider a sequence of r.v.s X 1 , X 2 , . . . , X n , . . . all defined on the same probability space . For every we obtain a sample sequence (sequence of numbers) X 1 ( ) , X 2 ( ) , . . . , X n ( ) , . . . A sequence X 1 , X 2 , X 3 , . . . of r.v.s is said to converge to random variable X with probability 1 (w.p.1) if P { : lim n X n ( ) = X ( ) } = 1 This means that the set of sample paths that converge to X ( ) , in the sense of a sequence converging to a limit, has probability 1 Equivalently, X 1 , X 2 , . . . , X n , . . . converges w.p.1 if for everyconverges w....
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