The Minimum Squared Distance Estimator and the Minimum Density Power Divergence Estimator

- Journal title : Communications for Statistical Applications and Methods
- Volume 16, Issue 6, 2009, pp.989-995
- Publisher : The Korean Statistical Society
- DOI : 10.5351/CKSS.2009.16.6.989

Title & Authors

The Minimum Squared Distance Estimator and the Minimum Density Power Divergence Estimator

Pak, Ro-Jin;

Pak, Ro-Jin;

Abstract

Basu et al. (1998) proposed the minimum divergence estimating method which is free from using the painful kernel density estimator. Their proposed class of density power divergences is indexed by a single parameter which controls the trade-off between robustness and efficiency. In this article, (1) we introduce a new large class the minimum squared distance which includes from the minimum Hellinger distance to the minimum distance. We also show that under certain conditions both the minimum density power divergence estimator(MDPDE) and the minimum squared distance estimator(MSDE) are asymptotically equivalent and (2) in finite samples the MDPDE performs better than the MSDE in general but there are some cases where the MSDE performs better than the MDPDE when estimating a location parameter or a proportion of mixed distributions.

Keywords

Asymptotic equivalence;density power divergence;Hellinger distance; distance;

Language

English

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