# Attraction domain of a stable distribution

*domain of attraction of a stable distribution*

The totality of all distribution functions such that for a sequence of independent identically-distributed random variables with distribution function and for a suitable choice of constants and , the distribution of the random variable

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converges weakly, as , to a non-degenerate distribution function , which is necessarily stable.

One of the fundamental problems in the theory of stable laws is the description of domains of attraction of stable laws. Thus, for the normal distribution, A.Ya. Khinchin, W. Feller and P. Lévy established in 1935 that belongs to the domain of attraction of a normal law if and only if, as ,

Later B.V. Gnedenko and W. Doeblin (1940) gave a description of the domain of attraction of a stable law with exponent , : belongs to the domain of attraction of a non-degenerate stable law with exponent if and only if:

for some , determined by , and

for each constant . Restriction on the behaviour of the normalizing coefficients , leads to narrower classes of distribution functions for which the convergence in distribution (*) holds. The set of distribution functions for which (*) converges weakly, for a suitable choice of , and , to a stable distribution function with exponent , is called the normal domain of attraction for . The normal domain of attraction of a normal distribution coincides with the set of non-degenerate distributions with a finite variance.

The normal domain of attraction of a non-degenerate stable distribution function with exponent () is formed by the functions for which

exist and are finite, where are determined by .

#### References

[1] | B.V. Gnedenko, A.N. Kolmogorov, "Limit distributions for sums of independent random variables" , Addison-Wesley (1954) (Translated from Russian) |

[2] | I.A. Ibragimov, Yu.V. Linnik, "Independent and stationary sequences of random variables" , Wolters-Noordhoff (1971) (Translated from Russian) |

[3] | V.V. Petrov, "Sums of independent random variables" , Springer (1975) (Translated from Russian) |

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