Bounding marginal densities via affine isoperimetry Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2016 London Mathematical Society. Let μ be a probability measure on Rn with a bounded density f. We prove that the marginals of f on most subspaces are well-bounded. For product measures, studied recently by Rudelson and Vershynin, our results show there is a trade-off between the strength of such bounds and the probability with which they hold. Our proof rests on new affinely invariant extremal inequalities for certain averages of f on the Grassmannian and affine Grassmannian. These are motivated by Lutwak's dual affine quermassintegrals for convex sets. We show that key invariance properties of the latter, due to Grinberg, extend to families of functions. The inequalities we obtain can be viewed as functional analogues of results due to Busemann-Straus, Grinberg and Schneider. As an application, we show that without any additional assumptions on μ , any marginal φ E(μ) , or a small perturbation thereof, satisfies a nearly optimal small-ball probability.

author list (cited authors)

  • Dann, S., Paouris, G., & Pivovarov, P.

citation count

  • 11

publication date

  • July 2016