We introduce a new method for obtaining quantitative convergence rates for the central limit theorem (CLT) in a high-dimensional setting. Using our method, we obtain several new bounds for convergence in transportation distance and entropy, and in particular: (a) We improve the best known bound, obtained by the third named author (Probab. Theory Related Fields 170 (2018) 821–845), for convergence in quadratic Wasserstein transportation distance for bounded random vectors; (b) we derive the first nonasymptotic convergence rate for the entropic CLT in arbitrary dimension, for general log-concave random vectors (this adds to (Ann. Inst. Henri Poincaré Probab. Stat. 55 (2019) 777–790), where a finite Fisher information is assumed); (c) we give an improved bound for convergence in transportation distance under a log-concavity assumption and improvements for both metrics under the assumption of strong log-concavity. Our method is based on martingale embeddings and specifically on the Skorokhod embedding constructed in (Ann. Inst. Henri Poincaré Probab. Stat. 52 (2016) 1259–1280).
"The CLT in high dimensions: Quantitative bounds via martingale embedding." Ann. Probab. 48 (5) 2494 - 2524, September 2020. https://doi.org/10.1214/20-AOP1429