### Abstract

We establish that for q ≥ 1, the class of convex combinations of q translates of a smooth probability density has local doubling dimension proportional to q. The key difficulty in the proof is to control the local geometric structure of mixture classes. Our local geometry theorem yields a bound on the (bracketing) metric entropy of a class of normalized densities, from which a local entropy bound is deduced by a general slicing procedure.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 1047-1072 |

Number of pages | 26 |

Journal | Transactions of the American Mathematical Society |

Volume | 366 |

Issue number | 2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jan 1 2014 |

### All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Mathematics(all)
- Applied Mathematics

### Keywords

- Bracketing numbers
- Finite mixtures
- Local metric entropy

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## Cite this

Gassiat, E., & Van Handel, R. (2014). The local geometry of finite mixtures.

*Transactions of the American Mathematical Society*,*366*(2), 1047-1072. https://doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9947-2013-06041-2