In this paper we propose a new, simple and explicit mechanism allowing to derive Stein operators for random variables whose characteristic function satisfies a simple ODE. We apply this to study random variables which can be represented as linear combinations of (not necessarily independent) gamma distributed random variables. The connection with Malliavin calculus for random variables in the second Wiener chaos is detailed. An application to McKay Type I random variables is also outlined.
"Stein characterizations for linear combinations of gamma random variables." Braz. J. Probab. Stat. 34 (2) 394 - 413, May 2020. https://doi.org/10.1214/18-BJPS420