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February, 1986 The Central Limit Theorem Around 1935
L. Le Cam
Statist. Sci. 1(1): 78-91 (February, 1986). DOI: 10.1214/ss/1177013818


A long standing problem of probability theory has been to find necessary and sufficient conditions for the approximation of laws of sums of random variables by Gaussian distributions. A chapter in that search was closed by the 1935 work of Feller and Levy and by a beautiful result of Cramer published in early 1936. We review the respective contributions of Feller and Levy mentioning as necessary contributions of Laplace, Poisson, Lindeberg, Bernstein, Kolmogorov, and others, with an effort to place them in the context of the authors' times and in a modern content.


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L. Le Cam. "The Central Limit Theorem Around 1935." Statist. Sci. 1 (1) 78 - 91, February, 1986.


Published: February, 1986
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

zbMATH: 0603.60001
MathSciNet: MR833276
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/ss/1177013818

Keywords: central limit theorem , characteristic functions , Gaussian distributions , Martingales

Rights: Copyright © 1986 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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