Abstract

It is well known that the expected values {Mk(X)}, k ≤ 1, of the k-maximal order statistics of an integrable random variable X uniquely determine the distribution of X. The main result in this paper is that if {Xn}, n ≥ 1, is a sequence of integrable random variables with limn -> ∞ Mk(Xn) = αk for all k ≥ 1, then there exists a random variable X with Mk(X) = αk for all k ≥ 1 and Xn ->L->X if and only if αk = o(k), in which case the collection {Xn} is also uniformly integrable. In addition, it is shown using a theorem of Müntz that any subsequence {Mkj (X)}, j ≥ 1, satisfying Σ 1/kj = ∞ uniquely determines the law of X.

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URL: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/rgp_rsr/32