Probability Theory and Related Fields

, Volume 155, Issue 3, pp 665–701

Quantitative approximations of evolving probability measures and sequential Markov chain Monte Carlo methods


DOI: 10.1007/s00440-012-0410-y

Cite this article as:
Eberle, A. & Marinelli, C. Probab. Theory Relat. Fields (2013) 155: 665. doi:10.1007/s00440-012-0410-y


We study approximations of evolving probability measures by an interacting particle system. The particle system dynamics is a combination of independent Markov chain moves and importance sampling/resampling steps. Under global regularity conditions, we derive non-asymptotic error bounds for the particle system approximation. In a few simple examples, including high dimensional product measures, bounds with explicit constants of feasible size are obtained. Our main motivation are applications to sequential MCMC methods for Monte Carlo integral estimation.


Markov chain Monte CarloSequential Monte CarloImportance samplingSpectral gapDirichlet formsFunctional inequalitiesFeynman–Kac formula

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte MathematikUniversität BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Facoltà di EconomiaUniversità di BolzanoBolzanoItaly