## The Annals of Probability

### On the Unimodality of High Convolutions of Discrete Distributions

#### Abstract

It is shown that if $\{p_j\}$ is a discrete density function on the integers with support contained in $\{0, 1, \cdots, d\}$, and $p_0 > 0, p_1 > 0, p_{d - 1} > 0, p_d > 0$, then there is an $n_0$ such that the $n$-fold convolution $\{p_j\}^{\ast_n}$ is unimodal for all $n \geq n_0$. Examples show that this result is nearly best possible, but weaker results are proved under less restrictive assumptions.

#### Article information

Source
Ann. Probab., Volume 13, Number 1 (1985), 299-306.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aop/1176993082

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/aop/1176993082

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR770644

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0561.60021

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