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July 2018 Large excursions and conditioned laws for recursive sequences generated by random matrices
Jeffrey F. Collamore, Sebastian Mentemeier
Ann. Probab. 46(4): 2064-2120 (July 2018). DOI: 10.1214/17-AOP1221


We study the large exceedance probabilities and large exceedance paths of the recursive sequence $V_{n}=M_{n}V_{n-1}+Q_{n}$, where $\{(M_{n},Q_{n})\}$ is an i.i.d. sequence, and $M_{1}$ is a $d\times d$ random matrix and $Q_{1}$ is a random vector, both with nonnegative entries. We impose conditions which guarantee the existence of a unique stationary distribution for $\{V_{n}\}$ and a Cramér-type condition for $\{M_{n}\}$. Under these assumptions, we characterize the distribution of the first passage time $T_{u}^{A}:=\inf\{n:V_{n}\in uA\}$, where $A$ is a general subset of $\mathbb{R}^{d}$, exhibiting that $T_{u}^{A}/u^{\alpha}$ converges to an exponential law for a certain $\alpha>0$. In the process, we revisit and refine classical estimates for $\mathbb{P}(V\in uA)$, where $V$ possesses the stationary law of $\{V_{n}\}$. Namely, for $A\subset\mathbb{R}^{d}$, we show that $\mathbb{P}(V\in uA)\sim C_{A}u^{-\alpha}$ as $u\to\infty$, providing, most importantly, a new characterization of the constant $C_{A}$. As a simple consequence of these estimates, we also obtain an expression for the extremal index of $\{|V_{n}|\}$. Finally, we describe the large exceedance paths via two conditioned limit theorems showing, roughly, that $\{V_{n}\}$ follows an exponentially-shifted Markov random walk, which we identify. We thereby generalize results from the theory of classical random walk to multivariate recursive sequences.


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Jeffrey F. Collamore. Sebastian Mentemeier. "Large excursions and conditioned laws for recursive sequences generated by random matrices." Ann. Probab. 46 (4) 2064 - 2120, July 2018.


Received: 1 August 2016; Revised: 1 July 2017; Published: July 2018
First available in Project Euclid: 13 June 2018

zbMATH: 06919019
MathSciNet: MR3813986
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/17-AOP1221

Primary: 60F10, 60K15
Secondary: 60G17, 60G70, 60J05

Rights: Copyright © 2018 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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