A note on the Hanson-Wright inequality for random vectors with dependencies. (English) Zbl 1328.60050

Summary: We prove that quadratic forms in isotropic random vectors \(X\) in \(\mathbb{R}^n\), possessing the convex concentration property with constant \(K\), satisfy the Hanson-Wright inequality with constant \(CK\), where \(C\) is an absolute constant, thus eliminating the logarithmic (in the dimension) factors in a recent estimate by Vu and Wang. We also show that the concentration inequality for all Lipschitz functions implies a uniform version of the Hanson-Wright inequality for suprema of quadratic forms (in the spirit of the inequalities by Borell, Arcones-Giné and Ledoux-Talagrand). Previous results of this type relied on stronger isoperimetric properties of \(X\) and in some cases provided an upper bound on the deviations rather than a concentration inequality.
In the last part of the paper we show that the uniform version of the Hanson-Wright inequality for Gaussian vectors can be used to recover a recent concentration inequality for empirical estimators of the covariance operator of \(B\)-valued Gaussian variables due to Koltchinskii and Lounici.


60E15 Inequalities; stochastic orderings
60B11 Probability theory on linear topological spaces
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