Selected Works of R.M. Dudley

  • Evarist Giné
  • Vladimir Koltchinskii
  • Rimas Norvaisa

Part of the Selected Works in Probability and Statistics book series (SWPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Convergence in Law

  3. Markov Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Evarist Giné, Vladimir Koltchinskii, Rimas Norvaiša
      Pages 79-79
  4. Gaussian Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Evarist Giné, Vladimir Koltchinski, Rimas Norvaiša
      Pages 123-123
    3. R. M. Dudley, Jacob Feldman, L. Le Cam
      Pages 166-185
    4. R. M. Dudley
      Pages 187-224
    5. J. Hoffmann-Jørgensen, L. A. Shepp, R. M. Dudley
      Pages 225-248
  5. Empirical Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Evarist Giné, Vladimir Koltchinskii, Rimas Norvaiša
      Pages 251-252
    3. R. M. Dudley
      Pages 253-283
  6. Nonlinear Operators and p–Variation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Evarist Giné, Vladimir Koltchinskii, Rimas Norvaiša
      Pages 369-370
    3. R. M. Dudley
      Pages 406-420
  7. Miscellanea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-421
    2. Evarist Giné, Vladimir Koltchinskii, Rimas Norvaiša
      Pages 423-423
    3. R. M. Dudley
      Pages 443-444
    4. R. M. Dudley, S. R. Kulkarni, T. Richardson, O. Zeitouni
      Pages 445-447

About this book


For almost fifty years, Richard M. Dudley has been extremely influential in the development of several areas of Probability. His work on Gaussian processes led to the understanding of the basic fact that their sample boundedness and continuity should be characterized in terms of proper measures of complexity of their parameter spaces equipped with the intrinsic covariance metric. His sufficient condition for sample continuity in terms of metric entropy is widely used and was proved by X. Fernique to be necessary for stationary Gaussian processes, whereas its more subtle versions (majorizing measures) were proved by M. Talagrand to be necessary in general.

Together with V. N. Vapnik and A. Y. Cervonenkis, R. M. Dudley is a founder of the modern theory of empirical processes in general spaces. His work on uniform central limit theorems (under bracketing entropy conditions and for Vapnik-Cervonenkis classes), greatly extends classical results that go back to A. N. Kolmogorov and M. D. Donsker, and became the starting point of a new line of research, continued in the work of Dudley and others, that developed empirical processes into one of the major tools in mathematical statistics and statistical learning theory.

As a consequence of Dudley's early work on weak convergence of probability measures on non-separable metric spaces, the Skorohod topology on the space of regulated right-continuous functions can be replaced, in the study of weak convergence of the empirical distribution function, by the supremum norm. In a further recent step Dudley replaces this norm by the stronger p-variation norms, which then allows replacing compact differentiability of many statistical functionals by Fréchet differentiability in the delta method.

Richard M. Dudley has also made important contributions to mathematical statistics, the theory of weak convergence, relativistic Markov processes, differentiability of nonlinear operators and several other areas of mathematics.

Professor Dudley has been the adviser to thirty PhD's and is a Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Gaussian process Markov process Poisson process Random Walk Random variable Variance abstract Wiener space mathematical statistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Evarist Giné
    • 1
  • Vladimir Koltchinskii
    • 2
  • Rimas Norvaisa
    • 3
  1. 1., MathematicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2., MathematicsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Inst. Mathematics & InformaticsVilniusLithuania

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