This work deals with systems of interacting reinforced stochastic processes, where each process Xj = (Xn,j )n is located at a vertex j of a finite weighted direct graph, and it can be interpreted as the sequence of "actions" adopted by an agent j of the network. The interaction among the evolving dynamics of these processes depends on the weighted adjacency matrix W associated to the underlying graph: indeed, the probability that an agent j chooses a certain action depends on its personal "inclination" Zn,j and on the inclinations Zn,h, with h = j , of the other agents according to the elements of W. Asymptotic results for the stochastic processes of the personal inclinations Zj = (Zn,j )n have been subject of studies in recent papers (e.g., Aletti, Crimaldi and Ghiglietti [Ann. Appl. Probab. 27 (2017) 3787-3844], Crimaldi et al. [Synchronization and functional central limit theorems for interacting reinforced random walks (2019)]); while the asymptotic behavior of quantities based on the stochastic processes Xj of the actions has never been studied yet. In this paper, we fill this gap by characterizing the asymptotic behavior of the empirical means Nn,j = Σn k=1 Xk,j /n, proving their almost sure synchronization and some central limit theorems in the sense of stable convergence. Moreover, we discuss some statistical applications of these convergence results concerning confidence intervals for the random limit toward which all the processes of the system almost surely converge and tools to make inference on the matrix W.

Aletti, G., Crimaldi, I., Ghiglietti, A. (2019). Networks of reinforced stochastic processes: Asymptotics for the empirical means. BERNOULLI, 25(4/B), 3339-3378 [10.3150/18-BEJ1092].

Networks of reinforced stochastic processes: Asymptotics for the empirical means

Ghiglietti A.
2019

Abstract

This work deals with systems of interacting reinforced stochastic processes, where each process Xj = (Xn,j )n is located at a vertex j of a finite weighted direct graph, and it can be interpreted as the sequence of "actions" adopted by an agent j of the network. The interaction among the evolving dynamics of these processes depends on the weighted adjacency matrix W associated to the underlying graph: indeed, the probability that an agent j chooses a certain action depends on its personal "inclination" Zn,j and on the inclinations Zn,h, with h = j , of the other agents according to the elements of W. Asymptotic results for the stochastic processes of the personal inclinations Zj = (Zn,j )n have been subject of studies in recent papers (e.g., Aletti, Crimaldi and Ghiglietti [Ann. Appl. Probab. 27 (2017) 3787-3844], Crimaldi et al. [Synchronization and functional central limit theorems for interacting reinforced random walks (2019)]); while the asymptotic behavior of quantities based on the stochastic processes Xj of the actions has never been studied yet. In this paper, we fill this gap by characterizing the asymptotic behavior of the empirical means Nn,j = Σn k=1 Xk,j /n, proving their almost sure synchronization and some central limit theorems in the sense of stable convergence. Moreover, we discuss some statistical applications of these convergence results concerning confidence intervals for the random limit toward which all the processes of the system almost surely converge and tools to make inference on the matrix W.
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Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
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Asymptotic normality; Complex networks; Interacting systems; Reinforced stochastic processes; Synchronization; Urn models;
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Aletti, G., Crimaldi, I., Ghiglietti, A. (2019). Networks of reinforced stochastic processes: Asymptotics for the empirical means. BERNOULLI, 25(4/B), 3339-3378 [10.3150/18-BEJ1092].
Aletti, G; Crimaldi, I; Ghiglietti, A
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