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# 71 facts about convergence in probability boundedness

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Facts About Convergence in Probability , Boundedness in Probability , and Convergence in Distribution (i) If W n p W then W n d W . In practice, this is not especially useful because typically W c for some constant, and then W n d c , which means the limiting distribution is P W c 1. (ii) If W n d W then W n O p 1 . This is very useful because it implies that if we can show a sequence converges in distribution then it is automatically bounded in probability. We conclude immediately that if W n d W and g  is continuous then g W n O p 1 [because g W n d g W .] 72
(iii) The asymptotic equivalence lemma allows us to obtain the limiting distribution of one sequence if we know (a) that it is “getting close” to another sequence and (b) we know the limiting distribution of that other sequence. Formally, suppose Z n d Z and W n Z n p 0or W n Z n o p 1 . Then W n d Z The result is used routinely for large-sample approximations to estimators and test statistics. 73

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Convergence in Distribution for Random Vectors We can use the natural extension for random vectors. Namely, W n d W if F n w F w at all w k where F  is continuous. But there is also a useful equivalent condition based on convergence of linear combinations. FACT : W n d W if and only if for all a k with a a 1, a W n a 1 W n 1 a 2 W n 2 ... a k W nk d a W . 74
In other words, we can establish convergence of the joint CDF for a sequence of random vectors by establishing convergence of univariate linear combinations of the random vector. This characterization is especially useful for establishing convergence to multivariate normality because linear combinations of a multivariate normal are normal. The continuous convergence result continuous to hold. If W n d W and g : k m is continuous then g W n d g W . 75

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In some unusual cases, it is helpful to know that continuous convergence holds if we allow g  to be discontinuous on a set of points G with P W G 0. For example, if W n (2 1) converges in distribution to a bivariate standard normal, then we can conclude W n 1 / W n 2 d W 1 / W 2 where W W 1 , W 2 Normal 0 , I 2 . While the function g w 1 , x 2 w 1 / w 2 is discontinuous at all points with w 2 0, this has no effect because P W 2 0 0. 76
Continuous convergence has many applications. For example, for A m k and b m 1, AW n b d AW b For C a k k matrix, W n CW n d W CW because the function g w w Cw is continuous on k . We will cover many other applications in Section 8. 77

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7 . The Central Limit Theorem The central limit theorem (CLT) is fundamental for establishing convergence in distribution of appropriately standardized sample averages.
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