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A multivariate normal approximation for the Dirichlet density and some applications

Ouimet, Frédéric (2021) A multivariate normal approximation for the Dirichlet density and some applications. Stat . ISSN 2049-1573. doi:10.1002/sta4.410. (In Press)

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In this short note, we prove an asymptotic expansion for the ratio of the Dirichlet density to the multivariate normal density with the same mean and covariance matrix. The expansion is then used to derive an upper bound on the total variation between the corresponding probability measures and rederive the asymptotic variance of the Dirichlet kernel estimators introduced by Aitchison and Lauder (1985) and studied theoretically in Ouimet (2020). Another potential application related to the asymptotic equivalence between the Gaussian variance regression problem and the Gaussian white noise problem is briefly mentioned but left open for future research.

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Ouimet, Frédéric0000-0001-7933-5265
Alternate Title:Upper bound on the total variation between Dirichlet and multivariate normal distributions
Additional Information:© 2021 Wiley. Accepted manuscript online: 24 August 2021; Manuscript accepted: 10 August 2021; Manuscript revised: 28 July 2021; Manuscript received: 22 June 2021. The author acknowledges support of a postdoctoral fellowship from the NSERC (PDF) and the FRQNT (B3X supplement). We thank the referees for their valuable comments that led to improvements in the presentation of this paper. Data Availability Statement: The R code that generated all the figures in Appendix B is available as supplemental material online.
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Subject Keywords:Dirichlet distribution; asymptotic statistics; expansion; normal approximation; Gaussian approximation; multivariate normal; total variation; asymptotic variance; nonparametric statistics; smoothing; density estimation
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Official Citation:Ouimet, F. A multivariate normal approximation for the Dirichlet density and some applications. Stat. 2021;e410. Accepted Author Manuscript.
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