By D.W. Stroock

These notes are in response to a direction which I gave throughout the educational 12 months 1983-84 on the collage of Colorado. My goal was once to supply either my viewers in addition to myself with an advent to the speculation of 1arie deviations • The association of sections 1) via three) owes whatever to likelihood and very much to the superb set of notes written via R. Azencott for the direction which he gave in 1978 at Saint-Flour (cf. Springer Lecture Notes in arithmetic 774). To be extra detailed: it really is likelihood that i used to be round N. Y. U. on the time'when M. Schilder wrote his thesis. and so it can be thought of probability that I selected to exploit his outcome as a leaping off aspect; with simply minor diversifications. every thing else in those sections is taken from Azencott. specifically. part three) is little greater than a rewrite of his exoposition of the Cramer thought through the information of Bahadur and Zabel. additionally. the short therapy which i've got given to the Ventsel-Freidlin concept in part four) is back in keeping with Azencott's principles. All in all. the most important distinction among his and my exposition of those subject matters is the language within which we've written. even though. one other significant distinction has to be pointed out: his bibliography is wide and constitutes a good advent to the on hand literature. mine stocks neither of those attributes. beginning with part 5).

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L. n : n ~ I} satisfies a large deviation principle with respect to some rate function and then identify the rate function. 11) Lemma: f(m+n) < f(m) + fen) qn = [n/ml for all lim f(n) for all Proof: f: z+ ~ Rl Let n Let and m, n E Z+ )• If for some exists. e. <2m n and so lim fen) < fCm) n+m for all n m Hence: m ~ nO ~ < lim fen) < lim fen) < inf f(m) = ~ - n:;;; n - n- n - ~nO g m for sufficiently large n's is is odd vital. Indeed, consider fen) = 0 if n is even Let· (Q,7l1,p) be a probability space and let (E, n- II) be a separable We remark that the condition fen) < { Banach space.

C. , f(~)/~ ~ <£ - Let v ~ ~ R Moreover, given Then, Hence In particular, by Lemma be a probability measure on , and Then: 1/£, is closed. sup f f( IIx liE) v(dx) < e:L v Ef(f,L) - lim sup f IIxllE v(dx) = 0 Rt.. i> if Mv(l;) H) if Mv(l;) for any Hi) 0 < '" < ... v for small • then fix! v(dx) < .... Iv(x) ..... as Ixl .. as Ixl ..... < ... for ... I/x)/Ixl .. fexp(~Iv(x»V(dX) <£ < Proof: Suppose <... Mv(l;) suppose ~ 0 • Mv(l;) and so <... for all I; lim I (x)/x v x++'" lim Iv(x)/-x .. +... ~ £ E Rl Then i) Thus Ixl"'" is proved.

E e-l(x) [x,"') I; (y-x) lim fen ~(dy) ,. ;:; l log n ~ (G) We now turn to the case when there is a Note that log M(l;o) = l(x) > -lex) n- 1;0 E Rl x,. tdy) = M'(I;O) ,. x Assuming that 'il(dy) ,. _e_ _ ~(dy) M( 1;0) M(l;o) x > a , and therefore that 1;0 ~ 0 , we have, for all sufficiently small o>0 ~ (G) n > ~n «x-o,x+o» - ,. f {I.!. L y -xl