Approximation of probability density functions via location-scale finite mixtures in Lebesgue spaces

08/22/2020
by   TrungTin Nguyen, et al.
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The class of location-scale finite mixtures is of enduring interest both from applied and theoretical perspectives of probability and statistics. We prove the following results: to an arbitrary degree of accuracy, (a) location-scale mixtures of a continuous probability density function (PDF) can approximate any continuous PDF, uniformly, on a compact set; and (b) for any finite p≥1, location-scale mixtures of an essentially bounded PDF can approximate any PDF in ℒ_p, in the ℒ_p norm.

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