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The stationary tail index of contractive iterated function systems

Gerold Alsmeyer
(Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
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Thursday, 29 October, 2015, at 13:15-14:00, in Koll. D (1531-211)
Let $(X_{n})_{n\ge 0}$ be a contractive iterated function system (IFS) on a complete separable metric space $(\X,d)$ with unbounded metric $d$ , i.e.

\[ X_{n}=\Psi_{n}\circ...\circ\Psi_{1}(X_{0}) \]

for $n\ge 1$ , where $\Psi_{1},\Psi_{2},...$ are iid random Lipschitz functions on $\X$ with Lipschitz constants $L(\Psi_{1}),L(\Psi_{2}),...$ Let $\pi$ denote the unique stationary distribution of $(X_{n})_{n\ge 0}$ and $x_{0}\in\X$ an arbitrary reference point.
Assuming $\Prob_{\pi}(d(x_{0},X_{0})>r)>0$ for all $r>0$ , we will provide bounds for the lower and upper tail index $\vth_{*}$ and $\vth^{*}$ of $d(x_{0},X_{0})$ in equilibrium (under $\Prob_{\pi}$ ), defined by

$\vth_{*}:=-\limsup_{x\to\infty}\frac{\log\Prob(X>x)}{\log x}\quad\text{and}\quad\vth^{*}:=-\liminf_{x\to\infty}\frac{\log\Prob(X>x)}{\log x}$.

This will be done by providing lower and upper bounds for $d(x_{0},X_{n})$ under $\Prob_{\pi}$ in terms of rather simple IFS on $\R_{\ge}$ and the use of Goldie's implicit renewal theorem. Special attention is paid to the particularly relevant case when $\X=\R$ . The method is illustrated by some examples including the well-known AR (1) model with ARCH(1) errors which has been studied earlier in some detail by Borkovec and Klüppelberg.


Alsmeyer , G.: On the stationary tail index of iterated random Lipschitz functions. Stoch. Proc. Appl. (Online first), DOI: http://dx.doi.org /10.1016/j.spa.2015.08.004

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