The zigzag process is a piecewise deterministic Markov process which can be used in aMCMC framework to sample from a given target distribution. We prove the convergence of this process to its target under very weak assumptions, and establish a central limit theorem for empirical averages under stronger assumptions on the decay of the target measure.We use the classical "Meyn-Tweedie" approach (Markov Chains and Stochastic Stability (2009) Cambridge Univ. Press; Adv. in Appl. Probab. 25 (1993) 487-517). The main difficulty turns out to be the proof that the process can indeed reach all the points in the space, even if we consider the minimal switching rates.
- Central limit theorem
- Exponential ergodicity
- Piecewise deterministic Markov process