Estimator selection : a new method with applications to kernel density estimation Article - Août 2017

Claire Lacour, Pascal Massart, Vincent Rivoirard

Claire Lacour, Pascal Massart, Vincent Rivoirard, « Estimator selection : a new method with applications to kernel density estimation  », Sankhya A, août 2017, pp. 298 - 335. ISSN 0972-7671

Abstract

Estimator selection has become a crucial issue in non parametric estimation. Two widely used methods are penalized empirical risk minimization (such as penalized log-likelihood estimation) or pairwise comparison (such as Lepski’s method). Our aim in this paper is twofold. First we explain some general ideas about the calibration issue of estimator selection methods. We review some known results, putting the emphasis on the concept of minimal penalty which is helpful to design data-driven selection criteria. Secondly we present a new method for bandwidth selection within the framework of kernel density density estimation which is in some sense intermediate between these two main methods mentioned above. We provide some theoretical results which lead to some fully data-driven selection strategy.

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