Stable Distributions

Lecturer
Prof. Dr. Evgeny Spodarev

Teaching Assistant
Dr. Vitalii Makogin


Time and Place

Lecture
Tuesday, 10-12, Heho 18, room E60

Exercise Session
Thursday, 12-13, Heho 18, room E60


Type

2 hours lecture + 2 hours exercises (each 15 days)


Prerequisites

Basic analysis and linear algebra courses, Basic probability course (Elementare WR und Statistik).


Intended Audience

Students of Bachelor Program in Mathematics, Mathematics and Management, Education.


Content

In modern applications, there is a need to model phenomena that can be measured by very high numerical values which occur rarely. In probability theory, one talks about distributions with heavy tails. One class of such distributions are stable laws which (apart from the Gaussian one) do not have a finite variance. They possess a number of striking properties which make them inevitable in modelling of processes in radioelectronics, engineering, radiophysics, astrophysics and cosmology, finance, insurance, etc., to name just a few. This introductory lecture is devoted to basic properties of such distributions.

Main topics are

1) Stability with respect to convolution
2) Characteristic functions and densities
3) Non-Gaussian limit theorem for i.i.d. random summands
4) Representations and tail properties, symmetry and skewness
5) Simulation

Additional topics may be

6) Multivariate stable distributions
7) Elementary stable random processes


Criteria to pass the final exam

50 % of credits and sufficient evaluation of the written exam.

Scoring: use SLC login.

Dates:

Final exam: 21.07.2016
Second exam: 06.10.2016


Exercise sheets

  

Lecture notes

 The lecture notes for stabla distributions can be found here.


Literature

  • J. Nolan. Stable Distributions – Models for Heavy Tailed Data. Birkhäuser, Boston, 2013.
  • G. Samorodnitsky, M.S. Taqqu. Stable Non-Gaussian Random Processes. Chapman & Hall, New York, 1994.
  • K.-I. Sato. Lévy Processes and Infinite Divisibility. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999 (Chapter 3).
  • V. M. Zolotarev. One-Dimensional Stable Distributions. Translations of Mathematical Monographs, vol 65, AMS, Providence RI, 1986.
  • S. T. Rachev, S. Mittnik. Stable Paretian Models in Finance. Wiley, New York, 2000.
  • V.V. Uchaikin, V. M. Zolotarev. Chance and Stability. Stable Distributions and their Applications. VSP, Utrecht, 1999.

 

 

 

 

Contact

Lecturer

 

Office hours: Wednesday, 4 - 5 pm
Phone: +49 (0)731/50-23530

Homepage

Teaching Assistant

vitalii.makogin(at)uni-ulm.de

Office hours: on appointment

News

  • am Dienstag 05.07.2016 in R2.02 He22
  • Vorlesungen   (E60 He18)
  1. Dienstag,     12.04.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  2. Donnerstag, 14.04.2016 (12-14 Uhr)
  3. Dienstag,     19.04.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  4. Dienstag,     26.04.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  5. Donnerstag, 28.04.2016 (12-14 Uhr)
  6. Dienstag,     17.05.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  7. Dienstag,     24.05.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  8. Dienstag,     07.06.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  9. Dienstag,     14.06.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  10. Dienstag,     21.06.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  11. Donnerstag, 23.06.2016 (12-14 Uhr)
  12. Dienstag,     28.06.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  13. Dienstag,     05.07.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  14. Dienstag,     12.07.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  • Übungen  (E60 He18)
  1. Donnerstag, 21.04.2016 (12-14 Uhr)
  2. Dienstag,     03.05.2016 (10-12 Uhr)
  3. Donnerstag, 19.05.2016 (12-14 Uhr)
  4. Donnerstag, 02.06.2016 (12-14 Uhr)
  5. Donnerstag, 16.06.2016 (12-14 Uhr)
  6. Donnerstag, 30.06.2016 (12-14 Uhr)
  7. Donnerstag, 14.07.2016 (12-14 Uhr)