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Analytical properties of generalized Gaussian distributions
Journal of Statistical Distributions and Applications volume 5, Article number: 6 (2018)
Abstract
The family of Generalized Gaussian (GG) distributions has received considerable attention from the engineering community, due to the flexible parametric form of its probability density function, in modeling many physical phenomena. However, very little is known about the analytical properties of this family of distributions, and the aim of this work is to fill this gap.
Roughly, this work consists of four parts. The first part of the paper analyzes properties of moments, absolute moments, the Mellin transform, and the cumulative distribution function. For example, it is shown that the family of GG distributions has a natural order with respect to secondorder stochastic dominance.
The second part of the paper studies product decompositions of GG random variables. In particular, it is shown that a GG random variable can be decomposed into a product of a GG random variable (of a different order) and an independent positive random variable. The properties of this decomposition are carefully examined.
The third part of the paper examines properties of the characteristic function of the GG distribution. For example, the distribution of the zeros of the characteristic function is analyzed. Moreover, asymptotically tight bounds on the characteristic function are derived that give an exact tail behavior of the characteristic function. Finally, a complete characterization of conditions under which GG random variables are infinitely divisible and selfdecomposable is given.
The fourth part of the paper concludes this work by summarizing a number of important open questions.
Introduction
The goal of this work is to study a large family of probability distributions, termed Generalized Gaussian (GG), that has received considerable attention in many engineering applications. We shall refer to X_{p} with the GG distribution given by the probability density function (pdf)
as \(X_{p}\sim \mathcal {N}_{p} \left (\mu,\alpha ^{p}\right)\), and where we define the gamma function, the lower incomplete gamma function and the upper incomplete gamma function as
respectively. Another commonly used name for this type of distribution, especially in economics, is the Generalized Error distribution. The flexible parametric form of the pdf of the GG distribution allows for tails that are either heavier than Gaussian (p<2) or lighter than Gaussian (p>2) which makes it an excellent choice for many modeling scenarios. The origin of the GG family can be traced to the seminal work of Subbotin (1923) and Lévy (1925). In fact, Subbotin (1923) has shown that the same axioms used by Gauss (1809) to derive the normal distribution, are also satisfied by the GG distribution. Wellknown examples of this distribution include: the Laplace distribution for p=1; the Gaussian distribution for p=2; and the uniform distribution on [μ−α,μ+α] for p=∞.
1.1 Past work
The GG distribution has found use in image processing applications where many statistical features of an image are naturally modeled by distributions that are heaviertailed than Gaussian.
For example, Gabor coefficients are convolution kernels whose frequency and orientation representations are similar to those of the human visual system. Gabor coefficients have found a wide range of applications in texture retrieval and facerecognition problems. However, a considerable drawback of using Gabor coefficients is the memory requirements needed to store a Gabor representation of an image. In GonzalezJimenez et al. (2007) GG distributions with the parameter p<2 have been shown to accurately approximate the empirical distribution of Gabor coefficients in terms of the KullbackLiebler (KL) divergence and the χ^{2} distance. Moreover, the authors in (GonzalezJimenez et al. 2007) demonstrated that data compression algorithms based on the GG statistical model considerably reduce the memory required to store Gabor coefficients.
In a classical image retrieval problem, a system searches for K images similar to a query image from a digital library containing a total of N images (usually K≪N). In (Do and Vetterli 2002) by modeling wavelet coefficients with a GG distribution and using the KL divergence as a similarity measure, the authors were able to improve retrieval rates by 65% to 70%, compared with traditional approaches.
Other applications of the GG distribution in image processing applications include modeling: textured images, see Mallat (1989); Moulin and Liu (1999) and de Wouwer et al. (1999); pixels forming fineresolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images (Bernard et al. 2006); and the distribution of values in subband decompositions of video signals Westerink et al. (1991) and Sharifi and LeonGarcia (1995).
In communication theory, the GG distribution finds many modeling applications in impulsive noise channels which occur when the noise pdf has a longer tail than the Gaussian pdf. For example, in Beaulieu and Young (2009) it is shown that in ultrawideband (UWB) systems with timehopping (TH) the interference should be modeled with probability distributions that are more impulsive than the Gaussian. Moreover, it has been shown that for the moderate and high signaltonoise ratio (SNR) the interference in the THUWB is well modeled by the GG distribution with a parameter p≤1. In Algazi and Lerner (1964) and Miller and Thomas (1972) certain atmospheric noises were shown to be impulsive and GG distributions with parameter values of 0.1<p<0.6 were shown to provide good approximations to their distributions.
GG distributions can also model noise distributions that appear in nonstandard wireless media. In Nielsen and B.Thomas (1987) the authors showed that Arctic underice noise is well modeled by members of the GG family. In Banerjee and Agrawal (2013) the GG family has been recognized as a model for the underwater acoustic channel where values of p=2.2 and p=1.6 have been found to model the ship transit noise and the sea surface agitation noise, respectively.
The problem of designing optimal detectors for signals in the presence of GG noise has been considered in Miller and Thomas (1972); Poor and Thomas (1978) and Viswanathan and Ansari (1989). In Soury et al. (2012) the authors studied the average bit error probability of binary coherent signaling over flat fading channels subject to additive GG noise. Interestingly, the authors of Soury et al. (2012) give an exact expression for the average probability of error in terms of Fox’s H functions.
In power systems, the GG distribution has been used to model hourly peak load model demand in power grids (Mohamed et al. 2008).
In Varanasi and Aazhang (1989) the authors studied a problem of estimating parameters of the GG distribution (order p, mean μ, and variance \(\sigma ^{2}=\mathbb {E}\left [(X_{p}\mu)^{2}\right ]\)) from n independent realizations of a GG random variable. The authors of (Varanasi and Aazhang 1989) considered three estimation methods, namely, the method of moments, maximum likelihood, and moment/Newtonstep estimators, and compared performance of each for different values of p. For example, in the vicinity of p=2, the moment method was shown to perform best. In (Richter 2007) the authors established connections between chisquare and Student’s tdistribution. Moreover, in Richter (2016), using the notions of generalized chisquare and Fisher statistics introduced in Richter (2007), the authors studied a problem of inferring one or two scaling parameters of the GG distribution and derived both the confidence interval and significance test.
The Shannon capacity of channels with GG noise has been considered in Fahs and AbouFaycal (2018) and Dytso et al. (2017b). In Fahs and AbouFaycal (2018) the authors gave general results on the structure of the optimal input distribution in channels with GG noise under a large family of channel input cost constraints. In Dytso et al. (2017b) the authors investigated the capacity of channels with GG noise under L_{p} moment constraints and proposed several upper and lower bounds that are asymptotically tight.
As the pdf of GG distributions has a very simple form, many quantities such as moments, entropy, and Rényi entropy can be easily computed (Do and Vetterli 2002; Nadarajah 2005). Also, from the information theoretic perspective the GG distribution is interesting because it maximizes the entropy under a pth absolute moment constraint (Cover and Thomas 2006; Lutwak et al. 2007). The maximum entropy property can serve as an important intermediate step in a number of proofs. For example, in (Dytso et al. 2018) it has been used to generalize the OzarowWyner bound (Ozarow and Wyner 1990) on the mutual information of discrete inputs over arbitrary channels. In Nielsen and Nock (2017) the maximum entropy principle has been used to improve bounds on the entropy of Gaussian mixtures.
While the number of applications of the GG distribution is large, many of its properties have been drawn from numerical studies, and few analytical properties of the GG family are known beyond the cases p=1,2 and p=∞. For instance, very little is known about the characteristic function of the GG distribution and only expressions in terms of hypergeometric functions are known. For example, the characteristic function of the GG distribution was given in terms of FoxWrite functions in Pogány and Nadarajah (2010) for all p>1 and later generalized in terms of FoxH functions in Soury and Alouini (2015) for all p>0. The work of Soury and Alouini (2015), also characterized the pdf of the sum of two independent GG random variables in terms of FoxH functions. Specific nonlinear transformations of sums of independent GG distributions and the moment generating function of the GG distribution have been studied in Vasudevay and Kumari (2013).
There is also a large body of work on multivariate GG distributions. For example, to the best of our knowledge, the first multivariate generalization was introduced in (De Simoni 1968) where the exponent was taken to be \( \left (\left (\textbf {x} \boldsymbol {\mu }\right)^{T} \textbf {K}^{1} (\textbf {x}\boldsymbol {\mu }) \right)^{\frac {p}{2}}\) where x and μ are vectors and K is a matrix. In Goodman and Kotz (1973) the authors introduced yet another multivariate generalization of the GG distribution in (1): X is said to be multivariate GG if and only if it can be written as X=KZ+μ where the components of Z are independently and identically distributed according to the univariate GG distribution in (1). An example of multivariate distributions with GG marginals and examples of multivariate GG distributions defined with respect to other norms the interested reader is referred to Richter (2014); ArellanoValle and Richter (2012) and Gupta and Nagar (2018) and the references therein.
1.2 Paper outline and contributions
Our contributions are as follows:

1
In “Moments and the Mellin transform” section, we study properties of the moments of the GG distribution including the following:

In Proposition 1 we derive an expression for the Mellin transform of the GG distribution; and

In Proposition 2 we show necessary and sufficient conditions under which moments of the GG distribution uniquely determine the distribution.


2
In “Properties of the distribution” section, we study properties of the distribution including the following:

In “Stochastic ordering” section, Proposition 3 shows that the family of GG distributions is an ordered set where the order is taken in terms of secondorder stochastic dominance; and

In “Relation to completely monotone functions and positive definiteness” section, Theorem 1 connects the pdf of GG distributions to positive definite functions. In particular, we show that for p≤2 the pdf of the GG distribution is a positive definite function and for p>2 the pdf is not a positive definite function. Moreover, it is shown that for p≤2 the pdf of the GG distribution can be expressed as an integral of a Gaussian pdf with respect to a nonnegative finite Borel measure.


3
In “On product decomposition of GG random variables” section, Proposition 5 shows that the GG random variable X_{p} can be decomposed into a product of two independent random variables X_{p}=V·X_{r} where X_{r} is a GG random variable. We carefully study properties of this decomposition including the following:

In “On the PDF of V_{p,q}” section, Proposition 6 gives power series and integral representations of the pdf of V; and

In “On the determinacy of the distribution of V_{G,q}” section, Proposition 8 shows under which conditions the distribution of V is completely determined by its moments. Interestingly, the range for values of p for which X_{p} and V are determinant is not the same. This gives an interesting example that the product of two determinate random variables is not necessarily determinate.


4
In “Characteristic function” section, we study properties of the characteristic function of the GG distribution including the following:

In “Connection to stable distributions” section, Proposition 9 discusses connections between a class of GG distributions and a class of symmetric stable distributions;

In “Analyticity of the characteristic function” section, Proposition 10 shows under what conditions the characteristic function of the GG distribution is a real analytic function;

In “On the distribution of zeros of the characteristic function” section, Theorem 3 studies the distribution of zeros of the characteristic function of the GG distribution. In particular, it is shown that for p≤2 the characteristic function of the GG distribution has no zeros and is always positive, and for p>2 the characteristic function has at least one positivetonegative zero crossing; and

In “Asymptotic behavior of ϕ_{p}(t)” section, Proposition 11 gives the tail behavior of the characteristic function of the GG distribution and its derivatives. The consequences of this result are discussed.


5
In “Additive decomposition of a GG random variable” section, we study additive decompositions of the GG random variables including the following:

In “Infinite divisibility of the characteristic function” section, Theorem 5 completely characterizes for which values of p the GG random variable is infinitely divisible. In addition, Proposition 14 studies properties of the canonical LévyKhinchine representation of infinitely divisible distributions; and

In “Selfdecomposability of the characteristic function” section, Theorem 6 characterizes conditions under which a GG distribution of order p can be additively transformed into another GG distribution of order q. In the case of p=q this corresponds to answering if a GG distribution is selfdecomposable.

The paper is concluded in “Discussion and conclusion” section by reflecting on future directions.
1.3 Other parametrization of the PDF
In addition to the parametrization used in (1), there are several other parametrization used in the literature. For example, Subbotin in his seminal paper (Subbotin 1923) used the following parametrization, which is still a commonly used notation amongst probability theorists:
In some engineering literature where variance models power it is convenient to work with the distributions where the variance is taken to be independent of the parameter p (e.g., (GonzalezJimenez et al. 2007) and Miller and Thomas (1972))
In statistical literature, some authors prefer to use (e.g., (Richter 2016))
In the above parametrization the pth moment, when μ=0, is normalized such that it equals to σ^{p}.
The choice of the parametrization is usually dictated by the application that one has in mind. In this work, we choose to work with the parametrization in (1) which we found to be convenient for studying the Mellin transform and the characteristic function of the GG distribution.
Moments and the Mellin transform
In this section, we study properties of the moments, absolute moments and Mellin transform of the GG distribution. We also show conditions under which the moments of X_{p} uniquely characterize its distribution. While the majority of the results in this section are not new or are easy to derive, we choose to include them for completeness as most of the development in other section will heavily depend on properties of moments.
2.1 Moments, absolute moments, and the Mellin transform
Definition 1
(Mellin Transform (Poularikas 1998).) The Mellin transform of a positive random variable X is defined as
The Mellin transform emerges as a major tool in characterizing products of positive independent random variables since
Proposition 1
(Mellin Transform of X_{p}.) For any p>0 and \(X_{p} \sim \mathcal {N}_{p} (0, \alpha ^{p})\)
Moreover, for any p>0 and k>−1 the absolute moments are given by
Proof
The Mellin transform can be computed by using the integral (Poularikas 1998, Table 8.1)
and, therefore,
where in the last step we used the value of c_{p} in (1). Moreover, the above integral is finite if Re(s)>0 and p>0. The proof of (11) follows by choosing s=k+1 in (10). This concludes the proof. □
Note that the pth absolute moment of X_{p} is given by \(\mathbb {E}\left [\left X_{p}\right ^{p}\right ]= \frac {2\alpha ^{p}}{p}.\)
The expression in (11) can also be extended to multivariate GG distributions defined through ℓ_{p} norms; see for example Lutwak et al. (2007) and ArellanoValle and Richter (2012).
The following corollary, which relates kth moments of two GG distributions of a different order, is useful in many proofs.
Corollary 1
Let \(X_{q} \sim \mathcal {N}_{q}(0,1)\) and \(X_{p} \sim \mathcal {N}_{p}(0,1)\). Then, for q≥p>0
for any \(k \in \mathbb {R}^{+}\). Moreover, for q>p
Proof
See Appendix A. □
2.2 Moment problem
The classical moment problem asks whether a distribution can be uniquely determined by its moments. For random variables defined on \(\mathbb {R}\), this problem goes under the name of the Hamburger moment problem and for random variables on \(\mathbb {R}^{+}\) under the name of the Stieltjes moment problem (Stoyanov 2000). If the answer is affirmative, we say that the moment problem is determinate. Otherwise, we say that the moment problem is indeterminate and there exists another distribution that shares the same moments.
Proposition 2
The GG distribution is determinate for p∈[1,∞) and indeterminate for p∈(0,1).
Proof
We first show that for p∈(0,1) the GG distribution is indeterminate. To show that an absolutely continuous distribution with a pdf f(x) is indeterminate it is enough to check the classical Krein sufficient condition (Stoyanov 2000) given by
In other words, if (15) is satisfied, then the distribution is indeterminate. For the GG distribution, the condition in (15) reduces to showing
which is finite if p∈(0,1). Therefore, for p∈(0,1) the GG distribution is indeterminate.
To show that the distribution is determinate it is enough to show that the characteristic function has a power series expansion with a positive radius of convergence. For the GG distribution with p∈[1,∞), this will be done in Proposition 10. □
The interested reader is referred to [Lin and Huang (1997), Theorem 2] and [HoffmanJørgensen (2017), p. 301] where the conditions for the moment determinacy are provided for a Double Generalized Gamma distribution of which a GG distribution is special case.
Remark 1
To show that for p∈(0,1) there are distributions with the same moments as GG distributions, one can modify the example in [Stoyanov (2000), Chapter 11.4]. Specifically, for any ε∈(0,1) there exists ρ,r and λ such that the pdf
has the same integer moments as a GG distribution.
Remark 2
In (Varanasi and Aazhang 1989) the authors studied the problem of estimating the parameter p from n independent realizations of a GG random variable. As one of the proposed methods, the authors used empirical moments to estimate the parameter p. Moreover, in Varanasi and Aazhang (1989) it has been observed that the method of moments performs poorly for p∈(0,1). In view of Proposition 2, the observation about the method of moments made in Varanasi and Aazhang (1989) can be attributed to the fact that the GG distribution is indeterminate for p∈(0,1).
Properties of the distribution
3.1 Stochastic ordering
The cumulative distribution function (CDF) of \(X_{p}~\sim \mathcal {N}_{p}(\mu, \alpha ^{p})\) is given by
Corollary 1 suggests that there might be some ordering between members of the GG family. To make this point more explicit we need the following definition.
Definition 2
A random variable X dominates another random variable Y in the sense of the firstorder stochastic dominance if
A random variable X dominates another random variable Y in the sense of the secondorder stochastic dominance if
Proposition 3
Let \(X_{p}\sim \mathcal {N}_{p}(0,1)\) and \(X_{q}\sim \mathcal {N}_{q}(0,1)\). Then, for p≤q, X_{q} dominates X_{p} in the sense of the secondorder stochastic dominance.
Proof
See Appendix B. □
It can be shown that the firstorder stochastic dominance does not hold since for p≤q
From Proposition 3 we have the following inequality for the expected value of functions of GG distributions.
Proposition 4
Let \(X_{q} \sim \mathcal {N}_{q}(0,1)\) and \(X_{p} \sim \mathcal {N}_{p}(0,1)\). Then, for p≤q and for any nondecreasing and concave function \(g: \mathbb {R} \to \mathbb {R}\) we have that
Proof
The inequality in (19) is equivalent to the secondorder stochastic dominance. For more details, the interested reader is referred toLevy (1992). □
Examples of functions that satisfy the hypothesis of Proposition 4 are \(g(x)= x \sqrt {x^{2}+1} \) and g(x)=−e^{−tx},t≥0. These choices lead to the following inequalities for p≤q:
In particular, the inequality in (21) shows that the Laplace transform of \(f_{X_{p}}\) (which exists if 1<p,q) is larger than the Laplace transform of \(f_{X_{q}}\).
3.2 Relation to completely monotone functions and positive definiteness
We begin by introducing the notion of completely monotone and Bernstein functions.
Definition 3
A function f:[0,∞)→[0,∞) is said to be completely monotone if
A function f:[0,∞)→[0,∞) is said to be a Bernstein function if the derivative of f is a completely monotone function.
Applying the wellknown result fromSchilling et al. (2012), that the composition of a completely monotone function and a Bernstein function is completely monotone, on the function e^{−x} (completely monotone) and the function \(\frac {x^{p}}{2}\) (Bernstein for p∈(0,1]) we obtain the following.
Corollary 2
For p∈(0,1] the function \( \mathrm {e}^{\frac {x^{p}}{ 2 }}\) is completely monotone.
For p>1 the function \(\mathrm {e}^{x^{p}}\) is not completely monotone.
As will be observed throughout this paper, the GG distribution exhibits different properties depending on whether p≤2 or p>2. At the heart of this behavior is the concept of positivedefinite functions.
Definition 4
(Positive Definite Function (Stewart 1976).) A function \(f: \mathbb {R} \to \mathbb {C}\) is called positive definite if for every positive integer n and all real numbers x_{1},x_{2},...,x_{n}, the n×n matrix
is positive semidefinite.
The next result relates the pdf of the GG distribution to the class of positive definite functions.
Theorem 1
The function \( \mathrm {e}^{\frac { x^{p}}{ 2 }}\) is

not positive definite for p∈(2,∞); and

positive definite for p∈(0,2]. Moreover, there exists a finite nonnegative Borel measure μ_{p} on \(\mathbb {R}^{+}\) such that for x>0
$$ \mathrm{e}^{\frac{x^{p}}{2}}= \int_{0}^{\infty} e^{\frac{t}{2}x^{2}} d\mu_{p}(t). $$(24)
Proof
See Appendix C. □
The expression in (24) will form a basis for much of the analysis in the regime p∈(0,2] and will play an important role in examining properties of the characteristic function of the GG distribution. The following corollary of Theorem 1 will also be useful.
Corollary 3
For any 0<q≤p≤2 let \(r= \frac {2q}{p}\). Then, for x>0
Proof
The proof follows by substituting x in (24) with \(x^{\frac {q}{p}}\). □
On product decomposition of GG random variables
As a consequence of Theorem 1 we have the following decompositional representation of the GG random variable.
Proposition 5
For any 0<q≤p≤2 let \(X_{q} \sim \mathcal {N}_{q}(0,1)\). Then,
where V_{p,q} is a positive random variable independent of \( X_{\frac {2q}{p}} \sim \mathcal {N}_{\frac {2q}{p}}(0,1)\), and where =d denotes equality in distribution. Moreover, V_{p,q} has the following properties:

V_{p,q} is an unbounded random variable for p<2 and V_{p,q}=1 for p=2; and

for p<2, V_{p,q} is a continuous random variable with pdf given by
$$ f_{V_{p,q}}(v)= \frac{1}{2\pi} \frac{\Gamma \left(\frac{p}{2q} \right)}{\Gamma \left(\frac{1}{q} \right)} \int_{\mathbb{R}} v^{it1} \frac{2^{\frac{it}{q}} \Gamma \left(\frac{it +1}{q}\right)}{2^{\frac{itp}{2q}} \Gamma \left(\frac{p(it+1)}{2q}\right)} dt, \; v>0. $$(26b)
Proof
See Appendix D. □
Proposition 5 can be used to show that the GG random distribution is a Gaussian mixture which is formally defined next.
Definition 5
A random variable X is called a (centered) Gaussian mixture if there exists a positive random variable V and a standard Gaussian random variable Z, independent of V, such that X=dVZ.
As a consequence of Proposition 5 we have the following result.
Corollary 4
For q∈(0,2], \(X_{q}\sim \mathcal {N}_{q}(0,1)\) is a Gaussian mixture. In other words,
where V_{q,q} is independent of X_{2} and its pdf is defined in (26b).
Proof
The proof follows by choosing p=q in (26a). □
Another case of importance is
where X_{1} is a Laplace random variable. For the ease of notation the special cases of Gaussian and Laplace mixtures will be denoted as follows in the sequel:
respectively.
4.1 On the PDF of V _{p,q}
The expression for the pdf of V_{p,q} in (26b) can be difficult to analyze due to the complex nature of the integrand. The next result provides two new representations of the pdf of V_{p,q} that in many cases are easier to analyze than the expression in (26b).
Proposition 6
For 0<q≤p≤2 the pdf of a random variable V_{p,q} has the following representations:

1
Power Series Representation
$$ f_{V_{p,q}}(v)= \frac{ \Gamma \left(\frac{p}{2q} \right)}{ \Gamma \left(\frac{1}{q} \right)} \sum\limits_{k=1}^{\infty} a_{k} v^{kq}, \ v>0, $$(28)where
$$ a_{k}= \frac{q}{\pi} \frac{(1)^{k+1} 2^{(kq+1) \left(\frac{p}{2q} \frac{1}{q} \right)} \Gamma\left(\frac{kq}{2} +1 \right) \sin \left(\frac{\pi kq}{2} \right) }{k! }. $$(29) 
2
Integral Representation
$$ f_{V_{p,q}}(v)=\frac{q 2^{\frac{p}{2q}\frac{1}{q}} \Gamma \left(\frac{p}{2q} \right)}{ \pi \Gamma \left(\frac{1}{q} \right)} \int_{0}^{\infty} \sin \left(a_{p} v^{q} x^{\frac{p}{2}} \right) \mathrm{e}^{b_{p} v^{q} x^{\frac{p}{2}}x} dx, $$(30)where
$$ a_{p}=2^{\frac{p}{2}1} \sin \left(\frac{\pi p}{2} \right), b_{p}=2^{\frac{p}{2}1} \cos \left(\frac{\pi p}{2} \right). $$(31)
Proof
See Appendix E. □
Remark 3
From (30) in Proposition 6, for the case of p=q=1 it is not difficult to see that the random variable V_{G,1} is distributed according to the Rayleigh distribution, since
The pdf of the random variable V_{G,q} is plotted in Fig. 1. Interestingly, the slope of \(f_{V_{G,q}}(v)\) around v=0^{+} behaves very differently depending on whether q<1 or q>1. This behavior can be best illustrated by looking at the pdf of \(V_{G,q}^{2}\), that is \(f_{V_{G,q}^{2}}(v)= \frac {1}{2 \sqrt {v}} f_{V_{G,q}}\left (\sqrt {v}\right)\).
Proposition 7
Let \(f_{V_{G,q}^{2}}(v)\)be the pdf of the random variable \(V_{G,q}^{2}\). Then,
Proof
By using the power series expansion of \(f_{V_{G,q}}(v)\) in (28) and the transformation \(f_{V_{G,q}^{2}}(v)= \frac {1}{2 \sqrt {v}} f_{V_{G,q}}\left (\sqrt {v}\right)\) (recall V_{G,q} is a nonnegative random variable) we have that
The proof follows by taking the limit as v→0 in (34). □
As we will demonstrate later, the behavior of the pdf of V_{G,q} around zero will be important in studying the asymptotic behavior of the characteristic function of X_{q}. This is reminiscent of the initial value theorem of the Laplace transform where the value of a function at zero can be used to estimate the asymptotic behavior of its Laplace transform. Indeed, as we will see, the characteristic function of X_{q} and the Laplace transform of \(V_{G,q}^{2}\) have a clear connection.
4.2 On the determinacy of the distribution of V _{G,q}
Similar to the investigation in “Moment problem” section of whether GG distributions are determinant (uniquely determined by their moments) or not, we now conduct a similar investigation of the distributions of V_{G,q}.
Proposition 8
The distribution of V_{G,q} is determinant for \(q\ge \frac {2}{5}\).
Proof
To show that the distribution of V_{G,q} is determinant we can use Carleman’s sufficient condition for positive random variables (Stoyanov 2000). This condition states that the distribution of V_{G,q} is determinant if
Next using the expression for the kth moment of V_{G,q} given in Appendix D and the approximation of the ratio of moments shown in Appendix A we have that
Using the approximation in (36) in the sum in (35) we have that
By using conditions for the convergence of pseries the sum in (37) diverges if \( \frac {1}{2} \left (\frac {1}{q}\frac {1}{2} \right) \ge 1\) or \(q \ge \frac {2}{5}\). Therefore, Carleman’s condition is satisfied if \(q \ge \frac {2}{5}\), and thus V_{G,q} has a determinant distribution for \(q \ge \frac {2}{5}\). This concludes the proof. □
Remark 4
According to Proposition 2 and 8, for the range of values \(q \in \left [\frac {2}{5}, 1\right ]\) the random variable X_{q}=dV_{G,q}·X_{2} is a product of two random variables with determinant distributions while X_{q} itself has an indeterminate distribution on \(q \in \left [\frac {2}{5}, 1\right ]\) by Proposition 2. This observation generates an interesting example illustrating that the product of two independent random variables with determinant distributions can have an indeterminate distribution.
Characteristic function
The focus of this section is on the characteristic function of the GG distribution. The characteristic function of the GG distribution can be written in the following integral forms.
Theorem 2
The characteristic function of \(X_{p} \sim \mathcal {N}_{p} (0,1)\) is given by

For any p>0
$$ \phi_{p}(t) = 2c_{p} \int_{0}^{\infty} \cos(t x) e^{\frac{x^{p}}{2}} dx, \, t \in \mathbb{R}. $$(38a) 
For any p∈(0,2]
$$ \phi_{p}(t) = \mathbb{E} \left[ \mathrm{e}^{\frac{t^{2} V_{G,p}^{2}}{2}} \right], \, t \in \mathbb{R}, $$(38b)where the density of a variable V_{G,p} is defined in Proposition 5.
Proof
The proof of (38a) follows from the fact that \(e^{\frac {x^{p}}{2} }\) is an even function which implies that the Fourier transform is equivalent to the cosine transform.
To show (38b) observe that
where the equalities follow from: a) the decomposition property in Proposition 5; and b) the independence of V_{G,p} and X_{2} and the fact that the characteristic function of X_{2} is \(\mathrm {e}^{\frac {t^{2}}{2}}\). This concludes the proof. □
As a consequence of the positive definiteness, ϕ_{p}(t), for p∈(0,2], has a more manageable form given in (38b). However, for p>2 it does not appear that ϕ_{p}(t) can be written in a more amenable form and the best simplification one can perform is a trivial symmetrization that converts the Fourier transform into the cosine transform in (38a). Nonetheless, the cosine representation in (38a) does allow us to simplify the implementation of the numerical calculation of ϕ_{p}(t). Examples of characteristic functions of \(X_{p} \sim \mathcal {N}_{p} (0,1)\) for several values of p are given in Fig. 2.
The following result is immediate by Theorem 2.
Corollary 5
For p∈(0,2], ϕ_{p}(t) is a decreasing function for t>0.
5.1 Connection to stable distributions
A class of distributions that is closed under convolution of independent copies is called stable. A more precise definition is given next.
Definition 6
Let X_{1} and X_{2} be independent copies of a random variable X. Then X is said to be stable if for all constants a>0 and b>0, there exist c>0 and d∈R such that
The defining relationship in (39) is equivalent to
where ϕ_{X}(t) is a characteristic function of a random variable X.
Throughout this work we will use stable distribution, stable random variable, and stable characteristic function interchangeably.
The characteristic function of a stable distribution has the following canonical representation:
where \(\mu \in \mathbb {R}\) is the shiftparameter, \(c \in \mathbb {R}^{+}\) is the scaling parameter, β∈[−1,1] is the skewness parameter, and α∈(0,2] is the order parameter. We refer the interested reader to (Zolotarev 1986) for a comprehensive treatment of the subject of stable distributions.
In this work we are interested in symmetric stable distributions (i.e., β=0) which also go under the name of αstable distributions with the characteristic function given by
Observe that there is a duality between a class of symmetric stable distributions and a class of GG distributions with p∈(0,2]. Up to a normalizing constant, the pdf of a GG random variable is equal to the characteristic function of an αstable random variable. Equivalently, the pdf of an αstable random variable is equal, up to a normalizing constant, to the characteristic function of a GG random variable.
We exploit this duality to give, yet another, integral representation of the characteristic function of the GG distribution with parameter p∈(0,2].
Proposition 9
For p∈(0,2]∖{1}
where
Moreover, let the integrand in (43a) be given by
then:

U_{p}(x) is a nonnegative function;

For p∈(0,1), U_{p}(x) is an increasing function with
$${\lim}_{x \to 0^{+}} U_{p}(x)=0, \, {\lim}_{x \to 1^{}} U_{p}(x)=\infty; $$ 
For p∈(1,2], U_{p}(x) is a decreasing function with
$${\lim}_{x \to 0^{+}} U_{p}(x)=\infty, \, {\lim}_{x \to 1^{}} U_{p}(x)=0; $$ 
For all p∈(0,2]∖{1}
$${\lim}_{x \to 0^{+} }g_{p}(x)=0, \, {\lim}_{x \to 1^{}} g_{p}(x)=0; \text{ and} $$ 
The function g_{p} has a single maximum given by
$$\max_{x \in [0,1]} g_{p}(x)= \frac{1}{ \mathrm{e} t^{\frac{p}{p1} }}. $$
Proof
The characterization in (43a) can be found in (Zolotarev 1986, Theorem 2.2.3). The proof of the properties of U_{p}(x) is presented in Appendix F. □
Since the integral in Proposition 9 is performed over a finite interval, the characterization in Proposition 9 is especially useful for numerical computations of ϕ_{p}(t). The plots in Fig. 2, for p∈(0,2), are done by using the expression for ϕ_{p}(t) in (43a). To the best of our knowledge, the properties of U_{p}(x) and g_{p}(x), derived in Proposition 9, are new and facilitate a more efficient numerical computation of the integral representation of ϕ_{p}(t). The plot of the function U_{p}(x) for p=0.5 and p=1.5 is shown in Fig. 3.
We suspect that most of the properties of ϕ_{p}(t) for p∈(0,2) that we derive in this paper can be found by using the integral expression in (43a). However, instead of taking this route we use the product decomposition in Proposition 5 to derive all the properties of ϕ_{p}(t). We believe that using a product decomposition is a more natural approach. Moreover, the positive random variables in Gaussian mixtures, V_{G,p} in our case, naturally appear in a number of applications (e.g., bounds on the entropy of sum of independent random variables (Eskenazis et al. 2016)) and are of independent interest.
5.2 Analyticity of the characteristic function
An important question, in particular for numerical methods, is: when can the characteristic function of a random variable be represented as a power series of the form
The above expression is especially useful since the moments of GG distributions are known for every k; see Proposition 1.
Proposition 10
ϕ_{p}(t) is a real analytic function for

\(t \in \mathbb {R}\) for p>1; and

\( t < \frac {1}{2} \) for p=1.
For p<1 the function ϕ_{p}(t) is not real analytic.
Proof
See Appendix G. □
The results of Proposition 10 also lead to the conclusion that for p>1 the moment generating function of X_{p}, \(M_{p}(t)=\mathbb {E}\left [e^{{tX}_{p}}\right ]\) exists for all \(t\in \mathbb {R}\).
5.3 On the distribution of zeros of the characteristic function
As seen from Fig. 2 the characteristic function of the GG distribution can have zeros. The next theorem gives a somewhat surprising result on the distribution of zeros of ϕ_{p}(t).
Theorem 3
The characteristic function of ϕ_{p}(t) has the following properties:

for p>2, ϕ_{p}(t) has at least one positive to negative zero crossing. Moreover, the number of zeros is at most countable; and

for p∈(0,2], ϕ_{p}(t) is a positive function.
Proof
See Appendix H. □
Also, we conjecture that zeros of ϕ_{p}(t) have the following additional property.
Conjecture 1
For p∈(2,∞) zeros of ϕ_{p}(t) do not appear periodically.
It is important to point out that, for p=∞, the characteristic function is given by \(\phi _{\infty }(t)= \frac {\sin (t)}{t}=\text {sinc}(t)\), and zeros do appear periodically. However, for p<∞ we conjecture that zeros do not appear periodically.
5.4 Asymptotic behavior of ϕ _{p}(t)
Next, we find the asymptotic behavior of ϕ_{p}(t) as t→∞. In fact, the next result gives the asymptotic behavior not only of \(\phi _{p}(t)=\mathbb {E} \left [ \mathrm {e}^{\frac {V_{G,p}^{2} t^{2}}{2}} \right ]\) but also of a more general function
for some m>0. The analysis of the function in (45) also allows one to find asymptotic behavior on higher order derivatives of ϕ_{p}(t). For example, the first order derivative can be related to the function in (45) as follows:
Proposition 11
Let \(m \in \mathbb {R}^{+}\); then
Proof
See Appendix I. □
Using Proposition 11, we can give an exact tail behavior for ϕ_{p}(t).
Proposition 12
For p∈(0,2)
where A_{0} is defined in (46). Moreover, for 0<q,p<2 and some α>0
Proof
The proof follows immediately from Proposition 11. □
Note that, for p∈(0,2], the function \(\phi _{p}(\sqrt {2t})\) can be thought of as a Laplace transform of the pdf of the random variable \(V_{G,p}^{2}\). This observation together with the asymptotic behavior of ϕ_{p}(t) leads to the following result.
Proposition 13
For \(n\in \mathbb {R}\), \(\mathbb {E}[V_{G,p}^{n}]\) is finite if and only if n+p>−1.
Proof
For n>−1 the proof is a consequence of the decomposition property in Propositions 5 and 1 where it is shown that \(\mathbb {E}[X_{p}^{n}]<\infty \) if n>−1 for all p>0. Therefore, we assume that n<−1.
First observe that for any positive random variable X and k>0 the negative moments of X can be expressed as follows:
where F(t) is the Laplace transform of the pdf of X. Using the identity in (48) and the fact that \(\phi _{p}(\sqrt {2t})\) is the Laplace transform of the pdf of the random variable \(V_{G,p}^{2}\) we have that
Note that the integral in (49) is finite if and only if \( \phi _{p}\left (\sqrt {2t}\right) t^{k1}= O \left (t^{(1+\epsilon)}\right)\) for every ε>0. Moreover, by Proposition 12 we have that \(\phi _{p}\left (\sqrt {2t}\right) t^{k1}= O \left (\frac {t^{k1}}{t^{\frac {p+1}{2}}} \right)\), which implies that the integral in (49) is finite if and only if 2k−p<1. Setting 2k=−n concludes the proof. □
According to Proposition 1 and Proposition 5, for n>−1
while for n≤−1 it is not clear whether \(\mathbb {E}\left [V_{G,p}^{n}\right ]\) is finite since both moments \(\mathbb {E}[X_{p}^{n}]~=~\infty \) and \(\mathbb {E}[X_{2}^{n}]=\infty \). The result in Proposition 13 is interesting because it states that \(\mathbb {E}[V_{G,p}^{n}]\) is finite even if absolute moments of X_{p} and X_{2} are infinite. The result in Proposition 13 plays an important role in deriving nonShannon type bounds in problems of communicating over channels with GG noise; see (Dytso et al. 2017b) for further details.
Additive decomposition of a GG random variable
In this section we are interested in determining whether a GG random variable \(X_{q}~\sim ~\mathcal {N}_{q}(0,\alpha ^{q})\) can be decomposed into a sum of two or more independent random variables.
6.1 Infinite divisibility of the characteristic function
Definition 7
A characteristic function ϕ(t) is said to be infinitely divisible if for every \(n \in \mathbb {N}\) there exists a characteristic function ϕ_{n}(t) such that
Similarly to stable distributions, we use infinitely divisible distribution, infinitely divisible random variable, and infinitely divisible characteristic function interchangeably.
Next we summarize properties of infinitely divisible distributions needed for our purposes.
Theorem 4
(Properties of Infinitely Divisible Distributions.) An infinitely divisible distribution satisfies the following properties:

1
((Lukacs 1970, Theorem 5.3.1).) An infinitely divisible characteristic function has no real zeros;

2
((van Harn and Steutel 2003, Theorem 10.1).) A symmetric distribution that has a completely monotone pdf on (0,∞) is infinitely divisible;

3
(LévyKhinchine canonical representation (Lukacs 1970, Theorem 5.5.1).) The function ϕ(t) is an infinitely divisible characteristic function if and only if it can be written as
$$ \log \left(\phi(t) \right)= ita + \int_{\infty}^{\infty} \left(\mathrm{e}^{itx}1 \frac{itx}{1+x^{2}} \right) \frac{1+x^{2}}{x^{2}}d\theta(x), $$(51)where a is real and where θ(x) is a nondecreasing and bounded function such that \({\lim }_{x \to \infty } \theta (x)=0\). The function dθ(x) is called the Lévy measure. The integrand is defined for x=0 by continuity to be equal to \(\frac {t^{2}}{2}\). The representation in (51) is unique; and

4
((van Harn and Steutel 2003, Corollary 9.9).) A nondegenerate infinitely divisible random variable X has a Gaussian distribution if and only if it satisfies
$$ \limsup_{x \rightarrow \infty} \frac{ \log \mathbb{P}[ X \ge x] }{x \, \log (x)}=\infty. $$(52)
In general, the Lévy measure dθ is not a probability measure and hence the distribution function θ(x) is not bounded by one.
We use Theorem 4 to give a complete characterization of the infinite divisibility property of the GG distribution.
Theorem 5
A characteristic function ϕ_{p}(t) is infinitely divisible if and only if p∈ (0,1] ∪{2}.
Proof
For the regime p∈(0,1] in Corollary 2 it has been shown that the pdf is completely monotone on (0,∞). Therefore, by property 2) in Theorem 4 it follows that ϕ_{p}(t) is infinitely divisible for p∈(0,1].
Next observe that
where the equalities follow from: a) the expression for the CDF in (16); and b) using the limit \({\lim }_{x \to \infty } \frac {\Gamma (s,x)}{x^{s1} \mathrm {e}^{x} }=1\) (Olver 1991).
From the limit in (53) and since the distribution is Gaussian only for p=2 we have from property 4) in Theorem 4 that ϕ_{p}(t) is not infinitely divisible for p≥1 unless p=2.
Another proof that ϕ_{p}(t) is not infinitely divisible for p>2 follows from Theorem 3 since ϕ_{p}(t) has at least one zero, which violates property 1) of Theorem 4. This concludes the proof. □
Next, we show that the Lévy measure in the canonical representation in (51) is an absolutely continuous measure. This also allows us to give a new representation of ϕ_{p}(t) for p∈(0,1] where it is infinitely divisible.
Proposition 14
For p∈(0,1], the Lévy measure is absolutely continuous with density f_{θ}(x) and ϕ_{p}(t) can be expressed as follows:
Moreover, for x≠0
Proof
See Appendix J. □
Remark 5
For the Laplace distribution with \(\phi _{1}(t)= \frac {1}{1+4t^{2}}\), the density f_{θ}(x) can be computed by using (54b) and is given by
and the exponent in the LévyKhinchine representation is given by
6.2 Selfdecomposability of the characteristic function
In this section we are interested in determining whether a GG random variable \(X_{q} \sim \mathcal {N}_{q}(0,\alpha ^{q})\) can be decomposed into a sum of two independent random variables in which one of the random variables is GG. Distributions with such a property are known as selfdecomposable.
Definition 8
(SelfDecomposable Characteristic Function (Lukacs 1970;van Harn and Steutel 2003).) A characteristic function ϕ(t) is said to be selfdecomposable if for every α≥1 there exists a characteristic function ψ_{α}(t) such that
In our context, the GG random variable \(X_{p} \sim \mathcal {N}_{p}(0,1)\) is selfdecomposable if for every α≥1 there exists a random variable \(\hat {X}_{\alpha }\) such that
where \(Z_{p}\sim \mathcal {N}_{p}(0,1)\) is independent of \( \hat {X}_{\alpha }\).
In this section, we will look at a generalization of selfdecomposability (in Eqs. (56) and (57)) and study whether there exists a random variable \(\hat {X}_{\alpha }\) independent of \(Z_{p} \sim \mathcal {N}_{p}(0,1)\) such that
where \(X_{q} \sim \mathcal {N}_{q}(0,1)\) for every α≥1. The decomposition in (58) finds application in information theory where the existence of the decomposition in (58) guarantees the achievability of Shannon’s bound on the capacity; see (Dytso et al. 2017b) for further details.
The existence of a random variable \( \hat {X}_{\alpha }\) is equivalent to showing that the function
is a valid characteristic function.
Observe that both Gaussian and Laplace are selfdecomposable random variables. Selfdecomposability of Gaussian random variables is a well known property. To see that the Laplace distribution is selfdecomposable notice that
The expression in (60) is a convex combination of the characteristic function of a point mass at zero and the characteristic function of a Laplace distribution. Therefore, the expression in (60) is a characteristic function.
Checking whether a given function is a valid characteristic function is a notoriously difficult question, as it requires checking whether ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) is a positive definite function; see (Ushakov 1999) for an indepth discussion on this topic. However, a partial answer to this question can be given.
Theorem 6
For \((p,q) \in \mathbb {R}_{+}^{2}\) let
Then the function ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) in (59) has the following properties:

for \((p,q) \in \mathbb {S}_{2}\), ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) is a characteristic function (i.e., X_{p} is selfdecomposable for p∈(0,1]∪{2});

for \((p,q) \in \mathbb {R}^{2}_{+} \setminus \mathbb {S}\), ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) is not a characteristic function for any α≥1; and

for \( (p,q) \in \mathbb {S}_{1}\) and almost all^{Footnote 1} α≥1, ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) is not a characteristic function.
Proof
See Appendix K. □
The result of Theorem 6 is depicted in Fig. 4
We would like to point out that for 2<q≤p there are cases when ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) is a characteristic function for some but not all α≥1. Specifically, let p=q=∞ in which case \(\phi _{\infty }(t)= \frac {\sin (t)}{t}=\text {sinc}(t)\) and
For example, when α=2 we have that \(\phi _{(\infty,\infty,\alpha)}(t)=\frac {1}{2} \cos (2t)\), which corresponds to the characteristic function of the random variable \(\hat {X}=\pm 1\) equally likely. Note that in the above example, because zeros of ϕ_{p}(t) occur periodically, we can select α such that the poles and zeros of ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) cancel. However, we conjecture that such examples are only possible for p=∞, and for 2<p<∞ zeros of ϕ_{p}(t) do not appear periodically (see Conjecture 1) leading to the following:
Conjecture 2
For 2<q≤p<∞, ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) is not a characteristic function for all α>1.
It is not difficult to check, by using the property that convolution with an analytic function is again analytic, that Conjecture 2 is true if p is an even integer and q is any noneven real number.
Discussion and conclusion
In this work we have focused on characterizing properties of the GG distribution. We have shown that for p∈(0,2] the GG random variable can be decomposed into a product of two independent random variables where the first random variable is a positive random variable and the second random variable is also a GG random variable. This decomposition was studied by providing several expressions for the pdf of the positive random variable.
A related open question is whether Proposition 5 can be extended to the regime of p>2. That is, the question is, can X_{p} be decomposed as follows:
for some positive random variable V independent of \(X_{q}\sim \mathcal {N}_{q}(0,1)\)? Noting that X_{p}=dV ·X_{q} and using the Mellin transform method (recall that the Mellin transform works only for nonnegative random variables) this question reduces to determining whether
is a proper characteristic function. A partial answer to this question is given next.
Proposition 15
The function ϕ_{log(V)}(t)

for p>q, is not a valid characteristic function. Therefore, the decomposition in (62) does not exist; and

for p<q, is an integrable function. Moreover, if ϕ_{log(V)}(t) is a valid characteristic function then the pdf of V is given by
$$ f_{V}(v)= \frac{1}{2 \pi} \frac{\Gamma \left(\frac{1}{q} \right)}{\Gamma \left(\frac{1}{p} \right)} \int_{\mathbb{R}} v^{it1} \frac{ 2^{\frac{it}{p}} \Gamma \left(\frac{it +1}{p}\right) }{ 2^{\frac{it}{q}} \Gamma \left(\frac{it +1}{q}\right)} dt, \ v>0. $$(63)
Proof
See Appendix L. □
To check if the decomposition in (62) exists for p<q one needs to verify whether the function in (63) is a valid pdf. Because of the complex nature of the integral it is not obvious whether the function in (63) is a valid pdf, and we leave this for future work.
We have also characterized several properties of the characteristic function of the GG distribution such as analyticity, the distribution of zeros, infinite divisibility and selfdecomposability. Moreover, in the regime p∈(0,2) by exploiting the product decomposition we were able to give an exact behavior of the tail of the characteristic function.
We expect that the properties derived in this paper will be useful for a large audience of researchers. For example, in (Dytso et al.2017b,2018) we have used the result in this paper to answer important information theoretic questions about optimal communication over channels with GG noise and optimal compression of GG sources. In view of the fact that GG distributions maximize entropy under L_{p} moment constraints, we also expect that GG distributions will start to play an important role in finding bounds on the entropy of sums of random variables; see for example (Eskenazis et al. 2016) and (Dytso et al. 2017a) where GG distributions are used to derive such bounds.
Appendix A: Proof of Corollary 1
To show that \( \mathbb {E}\left [X_{q}^{k}\right ] \le \mathbb {E}\left [X_{p}^{k}\right ] \) for 0<p≤q let
The goal is to show that for every fixed k>0 the function g_{k}(p) is decreasing in p. This result can be extracted from the next lemma which demonstrates a slightly more general result.
Lemma 1
Let
and let γdenote the Euler’s constant where γ≈0.57721. Then, for every fixed k>0 and log(a)>γ the function g_{k,a}(x) is increasing in x>0.
Proof
Instead of working with g_{k,a}(x) it is simpler to work with a logarithm of g_{k,a}(x) (recall that logarithms preserve monotonicity)
Taking the derivative of f_{k,a}(x) we have that
where ψ_{0}(x) is the digamma function. Next using the series representation of the digamma function (Abramowitz and Stegun 1964) given by
we have that the derivative is given by
Clearly the terms in the summation in (68) are positive under the assumptions of the lemma and, hence, \(\frac {d}{dx} f_{k,a}(x) > 0\). This concludes the proof. □
Observing that \(g_{k}(p)= g_{k,2} \left (\frac {1}{p} \right)\) and log(2)≈0.693>γ≈0.577 concludes the proof that g_{k}(p) is a decreasing function.
The second part follows by using Stiriling’s approximation \(\Gamma (x+1) \approx \sqrt { 2 \pi x} \left (\frac {x}{\mathrm {e}} \right)^{x}\) and the property that Γ(x+1)=xΓ(x) as follows:
The proof is concluded by taking the limit as k→∞ and using that q>p.
Appendix B: Proof of Proposition 3
The proof follows from the inequality:
for p≤q. For completeness the inequality in (69) is shown in Appendix B.1.
Without loss of generality assume that x>0 and observe that
where (71) follows from the symmetry and (72) follows from the inequality in (69). This concludes the proof.
B.1 Proof of the inequality in (69)
Let
The goal is to show that f(p,x) is an increasing function of p. To that end, observe that by using a change of variable \(u= (2t)^{\frac {1}{p}} \) the function f(p,x) can be written as
Therefore, showing monotonicity of f(p,x) is equivalent to showing that for p≤q
The inequality in (75) can be conveniently rewritten as
and then the inequality in (76) follows by the monotonicity of the exponential function. This concludes the proof.
Appendix C: Proof of Theorem 1
To show that \( \mathrm {e}^{\frac { x^{p}}{ 2 }}\) is not a positive definite function for p>2 it is enough to consider the following counterexample. In Definition 4 let n=3 and choose x_{1}−x_{2}=ε,x_{2}−x_{3}=aε and x_{1}−x_{3}=(a+1)ε for some ε,a>0. Therefore, the determinant of the matrix A is given by
The idea of the proof is to show that for a small ε we have that h(ε)<0. To that end, we use the following small t approximation \(\mathrm {e}^{t}= 1+t+\frac {t^{2}}{2}+O(t^{3})\) in (77)
The proof is concluded by taking ε small enough and noting that \( \frac { \left (\left (a+1\right)^{p}+a^{p}+1 \right)^{2}}{2} a^{2p} \left (a+1\right)^{2p}1 \ge 0\) for p≤2 and \( \frac { \left (\left (a+1\right)^{p}+a^{p}+1 \right)^{2}}{2} a^{2p} \left (a+1\right)^{2p}1 <0\) for p>2.
An easy way of see that \( \mathrm {e}^{\frac { x^{p}}{ 2 }}\) is a positive definite function is by observing that \( \mathrm {e}^{\frac { x^{p}}{ 2 }}\), for p∈(0,2], is a characteristic function of a stable distribution of order p. The proof then follows by Bochner’s theorem (Ushakov 1999, Theorem 1.3.1.) which guarantees that all characteristic functions are positive definite. For other proofs that \( \mathrm {e}^{\frac { x^{p}}{ 2 }}\) is positive definite for p∈(0,2] we refer the reader to (Lévy 1925) and (Bochner 1937).
To show that \( \mathrm {e}^{\frac { x^{p}}{ 2 }}\) can be represented in the integral form given in (24) we use the proof outlined in (Bochner 1937). According to Bernstein’s theorem (Widder 1946, Theorem 12.a) every completely monotone function can be written as a Laplace transform of some nonnegative finite Borel measure μ. In Corollary 2 we have verified that \(\mathrm {e}^{\frac {u^{\frac {p}{2}}}{2}}\) is a completely monotone function for p∈(0,2]. Therefore, according to Bernstein’s theorem, we can write \(\mathrm {e}^{\frac {u^{\frac {p}{2}}}{2}}\) for p∈(0,2] as follows: for u>0
Substituting u=x^{2} into (78) completes the proof.
Appendix D: Proof of Proposition 5
To simplify the notation let \(r=\frac {2q}{p}\). To show that X_{q}=V_{p,q}·X_{r}, first observe that \(d \nu (t)=\frac {c_{q}}{c_{r}} \frac {1}{t^{\frac {1}{r}}} d\mu _{p}(t)\) is a probability measure where dμ_{p}(t) is the finite nonnegative Borel measure defined in Theorem 1
where the equalities follow from: a) using the representation of \(\mathrm {e}^{\frac {x^{p}}{ 2 }}\) in Corollary 3; and b) interchanging the order of integration which is justified by Tonelli’s theorem for positive functions.
The above implies that \(d \nu (t)=\frac {c_{q}}{c_{r}} \frac {1}{t^{\frac {1}{r}}} d\mu _{p}(t)\) is a probability measure on [0,∞). Moreover, for any measurable set \(\mathcal {S} \subset \mathbb {R}\) we have that
where the equalities follow from: a) the representation of \(\mathrm {e}^{\frac {x^{p}}{ 2 }}\) in Theorem 1; b) the fact that \(d \nu (t)=\frac {c_{q}}{c_{r}} \frac {1}{t^{\frac {1}{r}}} d\mu _{p}(t)\) is a probability measure; c) because X_{r} is independent of t; and d) renaming \(V_{p,q}= \frac {1}{T^{\frac {1}{r} }}\). Therefore, it follows from (79) that X_{q}=dV_{p,q}·X_{r}.
Next, we show that for p<2 the random variable V_{p,q} is unbounded. Any random variable V_{p,q} is unbounded if and only if
To show that V_{p,q} is unbounded observe that due to its nonnegativity all the moments of V_{p,q} are given by
Moreover, by the assumption that p<2 we have that \(r=\frac {2q}{p} > q\), and by using Corollary 1 we have that for r>q
Therefore, V_{p,q} is an unbounded random variable for p<2. For p=2 we have that r=q and, hence, \(\mathbb {E}\left [ V_{p,q}^{k} \right ] =\frac { \mathbb {E}\left [X_{q}^{k}\right ]}{\mathbb {E}\left [X_{r}^{k}\right ]}= 1, \) for all k>0. Therefore, V_{p,q}=1 for p=2.
To find the pdf of V_{p,q} we use the Mellin transform approach by observing that
Therefore, by using Proposition 1 the Mellin transform of V_{p,q} is given by
Finally, the pdf of V_{p,q} is computed by the inverse Mellin transform of (80)
This concludes the proof.
Appendix E: Proof of Proposition 6
To simplify the notation let \(r=\frac {2q}{p}\). First, we show the power series representation of \(f_{V_{p,q}}(v)\) given in (28). Using the integral representation of \(f_{V_{p,q}}(v)\) in (26b) and the residue theorem we have that
where the s_{k} are given by the poles of \(\Gamma \left (\frac {s +1}{q}\right)\) which occur at
Since the poles of \(\Gamma \left (\frac {s +1}{q}\right)\) are simple and \(\frac {1}{\Gamma \left (\frac {s+1}{r}\right)}\) is an entire function, the residue can be computed as follows:
where
Therefore, by putting (81), (82), and (83) together we arrive at
where
where the last step is due to the identity \( \Gamma (x) \Gamma (x)= \frac {\pi }{x \sin (\pi x)}\) and the identity Γ(x+1)=xΓ(x). The proof of this part is concluded by noting that a_{0}=0.
To show the representation of \(f_{V_{p,q}}(v)\) in (30) we use the definition of the gamma function \(\Gamma (z)=\int _{0}^{\infty } x^{z1} \mathrm {e}^{x} dx\) as follows:
To validate the interchange of summation and integration in (84) observe that
where the (in)equalities follow from: a) using the inequality sin(x)≤1; b) using the power series \(\mathrm {e}^{x}={\sum \nolimits }_{n=0}^{\infty } \frac {x^{n}}{n!}\); and c) using the fact that the integral converges since \( \frac {q}{r}1= \frac {p}{2}1 < 0\) and where we have used that \(p=\frac {2q}{r}\) and p<2 and, hence, \(2^{kq \left (\frac {1}{r} \frac {1}{q} \right)} v^{kq} x^{\frac {kq}{r}} < x\) for large enough x.
The inequality in (85) together with Fubini’s theorem justifies the interchange of integration and summation in (84). Continuing with (84) we have
where the equalities follow from: a) using the identity \( \sin \left (\frac {\pi k q}{r} \right)= \frac {\mathrm {e}^{\frac {i \pi k q}{r}}\mathrm {e}^{\frac {i \pi k q}{r}} }{2 i} \); b) using the power series expansion \(\mathrm {e}^{x}={\sum \nolimits }_{n=0}^{\infty } \frac {x^{n}}{n!}\); and c) using the identity \(\frac { \mathrm {e}^{ \mathrm {e}^{i \pi x} y}\mathrm {e}^{ \mathrm {e}^{i \pi x} y} }{2i}=\sin \left (\sin \left (\pi x \right) y \right) \mathrm {e}^{ \cos \left (\pi x \right) y}\). Recalling that \(r = \frac {2 q}{p}\) we conclude the proof.
Appendix F: Proof of Proposition 9
The nonnegativity of U_{p}(x) follows from standard trigonometric arguments.
Next, it is not difficult to show that the derivative of U_{p}(x) is given by
Observe that y_{p}(x)≥0 for x∈(0,1) and all p∈(0,2]. The behavior of h_{p}(x) is slightly more complicated and is given next.
Lemma 2
For p∈(0,1), h_{p}(x)≥0 for all x∈(0,1), and for p∈(1,2]h_{p}(x)≤0 for all x∈(0,1).
Proof
The proof of Lemma 2 is given in Appendix F.1. □
Lemma 2 together with the nonnegativity of y_{p}(x) shows that U_{p}(x) is an increasing function for p∈(0,1) and a decreasing function for p∈(1,2].
Next, we show that the function \(g_{p}(x)=U_{p}(x) \mathrm {e}^{ t^{\frac {p}{p1}} U_{p}(x) }\) has a single maximum by taking the derivative of g_{p}(x):
Note that the location of the maximum of g_{p} is given by
Since U_{p}(x) is a strictly monotone function (either decreasing or increasing depending on p), the equation in (86) has only a single solution and therefore g_{p}(x) has only one maximum. Moreover, from (86) the maximum is given by \(\max _{x \in [0,1]} g_{p}(x)= \frac {1}{\mathrm {e} t^{\frac {p}{p1} }}. \) This concludes the proof.
F.1 Proof of Lemma 2
First observe that
Note that \(\frac {1}{1p} \le 0\) for p>1 and \(\frac {1}{1p}\ge 0\) for p<1. Therefore, we have to show that for all p∈(0,2)
The proof follows by looking at p∈(0,1) and p∈(1,2) separately.
For p∈(0,1) note that
where the inequalities follow from: a) using the fact that \( \cot \left (\frac {\pi p x}{2} \right) >0\) for all x∈(0,1) and all p∈(0,1); b) using the fact that (1−p)^{2}≤1; and c) using the fact that 0<1−p<1 and the fact that \(\tan \left (\frac {\pi (1p) x}{2} \right) \) is a monotonically increasing function for x∈(0,1).
For p∈(1,2) we look at two cases \(x \in (0, \frac {1}{2} ]\) and \(x \in \left (\frac {1}{2}, 1 \right)\). The reason we have to split the domain of x into two parts is because of the \(\cot \left (\frac {\pi p x}{2} \right)\). Note that \(\cot \left (\frac {\pi p x}{2} \right)\ge 0\) for all p∈(1,2) and all \(x \in (0, \frac {1}{2} ]\), but this is not true for the case of \(x \in \left (\frac {1}{2}, 1 \right)\).
Now, focusing first on the more involved case of \(x \in \left (\frac {1}{2}, 1\right)\) we have that
where the (in)equalities follow from: a) using the fact that \(\tan \left (\frac {\pi x}{2} \right)>0\) and \( \tan \left (\frac {\pi (p1) x}{2} \right)>0\), and using CauchySchwarz inequality
b) using the identity \(\tan (\alpha +\beta)=\frac {\tan (\alpha)+\tan (\beta)}{1 \tan (\alpha)\tan (\beta)}\); and c) using the identity \(\tan (\alpha +\beta)=\frac {\tan (\alpha)+\tan (\beta)}{1 \tan (\alpha)\tan (\beta)}\).
Finally, we focus on the case of \(x \in \left (0, \frac {1}{2}\right)\),
where we have used the fact that \( \cot \left (\frac {\pi p x}{2} \right) > 0\) for \(x \in (0, \frac {1}{2})\) and p∈(1,2), and \( \tan \left (\frac {\pi x}{2} \right)>0\) for x∈(0,1), and \( \tan \left (\frac {\pi (p1) x}{2} \right)>0\) for x∈(0,1) and p∈(1,2). This concludes the proof.
Appendix G: Proof of Proposition 10
To show that ϕ_{p}(t) can be represented by the power series we perform a ratio test and compute the radius of convergence as follows:
Now for p=1 the limit in (88) can be computed as follows:
Therefore, for p=1 we have that \(r=\frac {1}{2}\).
For p≠1 the limit in (88) can be computed using Stirling’s approximation
This concludes the proof.
Appendix H: Proof of Theorem 3
First, we show that for p>2 there is at least one zero. We use the approach of (Elkies et al. 1991). Towards a contradiction assume that ϕ_{p}(t)≥0 for all t≥0; then for t≥0
where the equalities follow from: a) using \((1\cos (xt))^{2}= \frac {1}{2} \left (34 \cos (tx)+\cos (2tx)\right)\); and b) using the inverse Fourier transform. For small x we can write e^{−x}=1−x+O(x^{2}). Therefore,
As a result, for p>2 we reach a contradiction since 4−2^{p}<0 for p>2. This concludes the proof for the case of p>2.
The fact that the number of zeros is countable follows from the fact that ϕ_{p}(t) is an analytic function according to Proposition 10. Recall that analytic functions on \(\mathbb {R}\) are either equal to a constant everywhere or have at most countably many zeros; the proof of this fact follows by using the identity theorem and the BolzanoWeierstrass theorem.
For 0<p≤2, the result follows from Theorem 2 since \(\phi _{p}(t) = \mathbb {E} \left [ \mathrm {e}^{\frac {t^{2}V_{G,p}^{2} }{2}}\right ]>0. \) This concludes the proof.
Appendix I: Proof of Proposition 11
Using the power series expansion of f_{G,p} in (28) there exists a c>0 such that for v∈[0,c]
where \(B_{1}= \frac {\sqrt {\pi }}{\Gamma \left (\frac {1}{p} \right)} a_{1}\) with a_{1} defined as in (29). Therefore,
where we have used the integral \(\int _{0}^{c} v^{k} \mathrm {e}^{\frac {v^{2} t^{2}}{2}} dv = \frac {2^{\frac {k1}{2}}}{t^{k+1}} \gamma \left (\frac {k+1}{2}, \frac {c^{2}t^{2}}{2}\right)\). Next, using the expression in (91) and the limit \( {\lim }_{t \rightarrow \infty } \gamma \left (b, \frac {c^{2}t^{2}}{2}\right)=\Gamma \left (\frac {m+p+1}{2}\right)\) for any b,c>0
Next, we show that the second term in (92) is zero. To that end, observe that for any m+p>0 and any c>0 we have that \(t^{m+p+1}\mathrm {e}^{\frac {v^{2} t^{2}}{2}} \le t^{m+p+1}\mathrm {e}^{\frac {c^{2} t^{2}}{2}} \le B(c)<\infty \) for all t>0 where the constant B(c) is independent of t. Therefore,
where the finiteness of \(\mathbb {E}[ V_{G,p}^{m}]\) follows since \(\mathbb {E}[ V_{G,p}^{m}]= \frac {\mathbb {E}[X_{p}^{m}]}{\mathbb {E}[X_{2}^{m}]}\), and \(\mathbb {E}[X_{p}^{m}]\) and \(\mathbb {E}[X_{2}^{m}]\) are finite by Proposition 1. Therefore, by the dominated convergence theorem
The proof is concluded by noting that
Appendix J: Proof of Proposition 14
By symmetry of ϕ_{p}(t) the representation in (51) can be simplified to
Next, observe that σ^{2}=(θ(0+)−θ(0−)) in the canonical representation in (51) is zero, since by Proposition 12, \(\sigma ^{2}= {\lim }_{t \to \infty } \frac {1}{t^{2}} \log (\phi _{p}(t)) =0.\) The parameter σ^{2} is sometimes referred to as the Gaussian component. Next, we show that θ(x) is an absolutely continuous distribution function by using the uniqueness of the Fourier transform. To that end, let
where g(t) is the cosine transform of the measure G(x).
We aim to show that θ(x) or equivalently G(x), in view of (94), is an absolutely continuous measure. A sufficient condition for G(x) to be absolutely continuous is the absolute integrability of g(t), that is \(\int _{\infty }^{\infty } g(t) dt <\infty. \) Next, observe that g(t) is given by
Next, we give an upper bound on g(t) for large t. By the triangle inequality
where (95) follow from Proposition 11.
The bound in (95) implies that g(t) is absolutely integrable and G(x) and θ(x) have densities. Moreover, by the inversion formula for the cosine transform the density of G(x) and θ(x) are given by
Next, by using integration by parts we have for x≠0
where \( \left (\log \phi _{p}(t) \right)^{\prime } \cos (tx) _{0}^{\infty } =0\) follows from Proposition 11. For x=0 using (96) we have \(f_{G}(0)=  \frac {1}{\pi } \int _{0}^{\infty } \left (\log \phi _{p}(t) \right)^{\prime \prime } dt.\) This concludes the proof.
Appendix K: Proof of Theorem 6
Case of {(p,q):1<p=q}∖{(2,2)}
In this case, since p=q, we return to the proper definition of selfdecomposability (Definition 8). From (Lukacs 1970, Theorem 5.11.1) we have that all distributions with selfdecomposable characteristic functions are infinitely divisible. However, in Theorem 5 we have shown that GG distributions are not infinitely divisible for p∈(1,∞)∖{2}. Therefore, for p∈(1,∞)∖{2} the function ϕ_{(p,p,α)}(t) is not a characteristic function.
Case of {(p,q):0≤p=q≤1}
In this case, since p=q, we return to the proper definition of selfdecomposability (Definition 8). The proof of this case was outlined in (Bondesson 1992, p. 118) and it required the following definitions:
Definition 9

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(Extended Generalized Gamma Convolution (EGGC) (Bondesson 1992, p.105).) An EGGC is a distribution on \(\mathbb {R}\) such that the bilateral Laplace transform \(\psi (s)=\mathbb {E}[\mathrm {e}^{sX}], \, s\in \mathbb {C}\), defined at least for Re(s)=0, has the form
$$ \psi(s)=\mathrm{e}^{bs+\frac{cs^{2}}{2} +\int \left(\log \left(\frac{t}{ts} \right) \frac{st}{1+t^{2}} \right) dU(t) }, $$(97)where \(b\in \mathbb {R}, c \ge 0\), and dU(t) is a nonnegative measure on \(\mathbb {R} \setminus \{0 \}\) such that
$$ \int \frac{1}{1+t^{2}} dU(t)<\infty, \text{ and} \int_{t\le 1}  \log\left(t^{2}\right) dU(t)<\infty. $$(98) 
2
(\(\mathcal {\beta }\)Class (Bondesson 1992, p. 73).) A pdf f of a nonnegative random variable belongs to the \(\mathcal {\beta }\)Class if f can be written as follows:
$$ f(x)=C x^{\beta1}\frac{h_{1}(x)}{h_{2}(x)}, \, x \ge 0, $$(99)where \(\beta \in \mathbb {R}, c \ge 0\) and, for j=1,2,
$$ h_{j}(x)=\mathrm{e}^{b_{j} x+ \int \log\left(\frac{y+1}{y+x} \right) d \Gamma_{j}(y)}, \, x \ge 0, $$(100)where b_{j}≥0 and dΓ_{j}(y) is a nonnegative measure on (0,∞) satisfying
$$\int \frac{1}{1+y} d\Gamma_{j}(y)<\infty. $$ 
3
(Hyperbolic Completely Monotone (HCM) Function (Bondesson 1992, p. 55>).) A function f:(0,∞)↦(0,∞) is called HCM if, for each u>0, the function \(g(w)=\frac {f(uv)}{f \left (\frac {u}{v}\right)}\) is completely monotone as a function of w=v+v^{−1}.
The following results are needed for our proof.
Theorem 7
(Properties of the EGGC, βClass and HCM Functions.)

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(Bondesson 1992, p. 107) An EGGC distribution is selfdecomposable.

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(Bondesson 1992, Theorem 7.3.3) Let X and Y be two independent random variables such that the distribution of X is EGGC and the distribution of Y is in the βClass. If X is symmetric, then \(\sqrt {Y}X\) has an EGGC distribution.

3
(Bondesson 1992, Theorem 7.3.4) Let Y be a symmetric random variable on \(\mathbb {R}\) with a pdf f_{Y}. Then \(Y \stackrel {d}{=} \sqrt {V} Z_{2}\) is a Gaussian mixture such that the distribution of V is in the βClass if and only if \(g(t)= f_{Y}(\sqrt {2t})\), t>0, is the Laplace transform of an HCMfunction (or a degenerate function).

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(Bosch and Simon 2016) Let f_{α}:(0,∞)↦(0,∞) be a pdf of a positive αstable distribution (i.e., the Laplace transform of f_{α} is equal to \(\mathrm {e}^{t^{\alpha }}\)). Then f_{α} is HCM if and only if \( \alpha \in (0, \frac {1}{2})\).
First observe that the pdf of a GG random variable composed with \(\sqrt {2t}\) is given by \(f_{X_{p}}(\sqrt {2t})= c_{p} \mathrm {e}^{2^{\frac {p}{2}1}t^{\frac {p}{2}}}, \,t >0\), and is a Laplace transform, up to a normalization constant, of an αstable positive random variable (see discussion in “Connection to stable distributions” section).
Next, let g_{p/2}(x),x>0, denote the pdf of an αstable distribution of order \(\frac {p}{2}\). Clearly, g_{p/2}(x) is an inverse Laplace transform of \(f_{X_{p}}(\sqrt {2t})\) up to a normalization constant. Now by Theorem 7 Property 4) we have that g_{p/2}(x) is an HCM function for all \(\frac {p}{2} \in (0, \frac {1}{2}]\). Therefore, \(f_{X_{p}}(\sqrt {2t})\) is a Laplace transform of an HCM function, and by Theorem 7 Property 3) \(f_{X_{p}}\) is a pdf of a Gaussian mixture \(X_{p} \stackrel {d}{=}\sqrt {V} X_{2}\) where the distribution of V is in the βClass. By Theorem 7 Property 2) and Property 1) we have that for all \(\frac {p}{2} \in (0, \frac {1}{2}] X_{p}\) has an EGGC distribution and is selfdecomposable.
Case of q>p>0
In this regime, we want to show that there exists no random variable \(\hat {X}_{\alpha }\) independent of \(Z_{p} \sim \mathcal {N}_{p}(0,1)\) such that \(\alpha X_{q}=\hat {X}_{\alpha }+Z_{p}\), where \(X_{q} \sim \mathcal {N}_{q}(0,1)\) for all α≥1. Note that X_{q} and Z_{p} have symmetric distributions and finite moments, and thus if such an \(\hat {X}_{\alpha }\) exists it must also be symmetric with finite moments. Then for all k≥1
where the (in)equalities follow from: a) Jensen’s inequality; and b) the independence of \(\hat {X}_{\alpha }\) and Z_{p}, and that \(\mathbb {E}[\hat {X}_{\alpha }]=0\).
This implies that, in order for the inequality in (101) to hold we must have that
However, by Corollary 1 for p<q we have that \(\alpha \ge {\lim }_{k \to \infty } \left (\frac {\mathbb {E}[ Z_{p}^{k} ] }{\mathbb {E}[X_{q}^{k}] }\right)^{\frac {1}{k}} =\infty ;\) therefore, there exists no α≥1 that can satisfy (102) for all k≥1.
Case of p=2 and q<2
Note that in the case of p=2 and q<2 we want to show that there is no \(\hat {X}_{\alpha }\) such that the convolution leads to \( f_{X_{q}}(y) = c_{2} \mathbb {E} \left [ \mathrm {e}^{\frac {\left (y\hat {X}_{\alpha }\right)^{2}}{2}} \right ]\) where by definition \(f_{X_{q}}(y) = \frac {c_{q}}{\alpha } \mathrm {e}^{\frac {y^{q}}{2 \alpha ^{q}}}\). Such an \(\hat {X}_{\alpha }\) does not exist since the convolution preserves analyticity. In other words, the convolution with an analytic pdf must result in an analytic pdf. Noting that \(f_{X_{q}}(y)\) is not analytic for q<2 (i.e., the derivative at zero is not defined) leads to the desired conclusion.
Case of p>2 and q≤2
Now for p>2 and q≤2 the function ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) has a pole but no zeros by Theorem 3. Therefore, for the case of p>2 and q≤2 there exists a t_{0}, namely the pole of ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t), such that ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) is not continuous at t=t_{0}. This violates the condition that the characteristic function is always a continuous function of t and, therefore, ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) is not a characteristic function for all α≥1.
Case of p>q>2
For the case of p>q>2 the function \(\phi _{(q,p,\alpha)}(t)=\frac {\phi _{q}(\alpha t)}{\phi _{p}(t)}\) has both poles and zeros by Theorem 3. Moreover, let t_{1} be such that ϕ_{p}(t_{1})=0 and we can always choose an α such that ϕ_{q}(αt_{1})≠0 and ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t_{1})=∞. In other words, we choose an α such that the poles do not cancel the zeros. Therefore, there exists an α such that ϕ_{(q,p,α)}(t) is not a continuous function of t and therefore is not a characteristic function. Finally, because the number of zeros is at most countable (see Theorem 3) the above argument holds for almost all α≥1.
Case of q<p<2
Finally, for q<p<2 the result follows from Proposition 12 where it is shown that \( {\lim }_{t \to \infty } \phi _{(q,p,\alpha)}(t)=\infty \), which violates the fact that the characteristic function is bounded. This concludes the proof.
Appendix L: Proof of Proposition 15
The magnitude of ϕ_{log(V)}(t) can be approximated by using Stirling’s formula
Next, observe that
As a result, for p>q we have that ϕ_{log(V)}(t) is not a bounded function and cannot be a characteristic function. For p<q, ϕ_{log(V)}(t) is a bounded and integrable function. Therefore, ϕ_{log(V)}(t) has a Fourier inverse given by
The proof is concluded by using the transformation \(f_{V}(v)= f_{\log (V)}(\log (v)) \frac {1}{v}\)
Notes
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In other words, the set of α for which the statement does not hold has Lebesgue measure zero.
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The authors would like to thank Professor Alexander Lindner from the Ulm University for providing references (Bondesson 1992) and (Bosch and Simon 2016), which immediately lead to the conclusion that the GG distributions in p∈(0,1] are selfdecomposable.
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The work of A. Dytso and H.V. Poor was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation under Grant CNS1702808. The work of S. Shamai and R. Bustin was supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme Grant 694630.
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Dytso, A., Bustin, R., Poor, H. et al. Analytical properties of generalized Gaussian distributions. J Stat Distrib App 5, 6 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s4048801800885
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Keywords
 Generalized Gaussian distribution
 Infinite divisibility
 Mellin transform
 Characteristic function
 Selfdecomposition