Foundations of Stochastic Geometry and Theory of Random Sets

  • Ilya MolchanovEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 2068)


The first section of this chapter starts with the Buffon problem, which is one of the oldest in stochastic geometry, and then continues with the definition of measures on the space of lines. The second section defines random closed sets and related measurability issues, explains how to characterize distributions of random closed sets by means of capacity functionals and introduces the concept of a selection. Based on this concept, the third section starts with the definition of the expectation and proves its convexifying effect that is related to the Lyapunov theorem for ranges of vector-valued measures. Finally, the strong law of large numbers for Minkowski sums of random sets is proved and the corresponding limit theorem is formulated. The chapter is concluded by a discussion of the union-scheme for random closed sets and a characterization of the corresponding stable laws.


Lebesgue Measure Support Function Random Point Steiner Point Stochastic Geometry 
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  1. 1.University of BernBernSwitzerland

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