On the sub-Gaussianity of the Beta and Dirichlet distributions

  title={On the sub-Gaussianity of the Beta and Dirichlet distributions},
  author={Olivier Marchal and Julyan Arbel},
We obtain the optimal proxy variance for the sub-Gaussianity of Beta distributions, thus proving, and improving, a recent conjecture made by Elder (2016). We provide different proof techniques for the symmetrical (around its mean) case and the non-symmetrical case. The technique in the latter case relies on studying the ordinary differential equation satisfied by the Beta moment-generating function known as the confluent hypergeometric function. As a consequence, we also derive the optimal… CONTINUE READING

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