
Statistics 2011
On the rate of convergence in the martingale central limit theoremDOI: 10.3150/12BEJ417 Abstract: Consider a discretetime martingale, and let $V^2$ be its normalized quadratic variation. As $V^2$ approaches 1, and provided that some Lindeberg condition is satisfied, the distribution of the rescaled martingale approaches the Gaussian distribution. For any $p\geq 1$, (Ann. Probab. 16 (1988) 275299) gave a bound on the rate of convergence in this central limit theorem that is the sum of two terms, say $A_p+B_p$, where up to a constant, $A_p={\V^21\}_p^{p/(2p+1)}$. Here we discuss the optimality of this term, focusing on the restricted class of martingales with bounded increments. In this context, (Ann. Probab. 10 (1982) 672688) sketched a strategy to prove optimality for $p=1$. Here we extend this strategy to any $p\geq 1$, thereby justifying the optimality of the term $A_p$. As a necessary step, we also provide a new bound on the rate of convergence in the central limit theorem for martingales with bounded increments that improves on the term $B_p$, generalizing another result of (Ann. Probab. 10 (1982) 672688).
