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Inequalities for a new data-based method for selecting nonparametric density estimates
Luc Devroye, Gábor Lugosi i Frederic Udina
Febrer 1998
We continue the development of a method for the selection of a bandwidth or a number of design parameters in density estimation. We provide explicit non-asymptotic density-free inequalities that relate the $L_1$ error of the selected estimate with that of the best possible estimate, and study in particular the connection between the richness of the class of density estimates and the performance bound. For example, our method allows one to pick the bandwidth and kernel order in the kernel estimate simultaneously and still assure that for {\it all densities}, the $L_1$ error of the corresponding kernel estimate is not larger than about three times the error of the estimate with the optimal smoothing factor and kernel plus a constant times $\sqrt{\log n/n}$, where $n$ is the sample size, and the constant only depends on the complexity of the family of kernels used in the estimate. Further applications include multivariate kernel estimates, transformed kernel estimates, and variable kernel estimates.
Paraules clau:
Density estimation, Kernel estimate, convergence, smoothing factor, minimum distance estimate, asymptotic optimality
Codis JEL:
C13, C14
Àrea de Recerca:
Estadística, Econometria i Mètodes Quantitatius
Publicat a:
M. L. Puri (editor), Festschrift in Honour of George Roussas, VSP International Science Publishers, (2000)

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