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Limit theorems for the convex hull
of random points in higher dimensions

Author: Irene Hueter
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 351 (1999), 4337-4363
MSC (1991): Primary 52A22, 60D05
Published electronically: July 21, 1999
MathSciNet review: 1670156
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Abstract: We give a central limit theorem for the number $ N_n $ of vertices of the convex hull of $n$ independent and identically distributed random vectors, being sampled from a certain class of spherically symmetric distributions in $\mathbb{R}^d \; (d> 1),$ that includes the normal family. Furthermore, we prove that, among these distributions, the variance of $N_n $ exhibits the same order of magnitude as the expectation as $n \rightarrow \infty. $ The main tools are Poisson approximation of the point process of vertices of the convex hull and (sub/super)-martingales.

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Irene Hueter
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611

PII: S 0002-9947(99)02499-X
Keywords: Convex hull, Poisson point process, Markovian jump process, (sub/super)-martingales, central limit theorem, rotationally invariant distributions.
Received by editor(s): December 2, 1998
Received by editor(s) in revised form: January 22, 1999
Published electronically: July 21, 1999
Article copyright: © Copyright 1999 American Mathematical Society

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