Probability theory
Scaling and non-standard matching theorems
Comptes Rendus. Mathématique, Volume 356 (2018) no. 6, pp. 692-695.

Consider the standard Gaussian measure μ on R2. Consider independent r.v.s (Xi)iN distributed according to μ, and an independent copy (Yi)iN of these r.v.s. We prove that, for some number C and N large, we have

where the infimum is over all permutations π of {1,,N}. The striking point of this result is the factor (logN)2. Indeed, if instead of μ we consider the uniform distribution on the unit square, it is well known that the proper factor is logN. The upper bound was proved by Michel Ledoux (2017) [3].

Considérons une suite indépendente (Xi)iN de variables aléatoires distribuées comme la mesure gaussienne canonique μ sur R2 et une copie independente (Yi)iN de cette même suite. Pour une certaine constante universelle C et N2, nous avons les inégalités

où l'infimum est pris sur toutes les permutations π de {1,,N}. La borne supérieure a été prouvée par Michel Ledoux (2017) [3], qui conjecturait que l'inégalité (1) était correcte avec un facteur logN et non pas (logN)2. C'est précisement l'apparence de ce facteur (logN)2 qui est non standard.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.crma.2018.04.018
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Talagrand, Michel. Scaling and non-standard matching theorems. Comptes Rendus. Mathématique, Volume 356 (2018) no. 6, pp. 692-695. doi : 10.1016/j.crma.2018.04.018.

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