2006-04-28Buch DOI: 10.18452/3966
Spatial aggregation of local likelihood estimates with applications to classification
This paper presents a new method for spatially adaptive local likelihood estimation which applies to a broad class of nonparametric models, including the Gaussian, Poisson and binary response models. The main idea of themethod is given a sequence of local likelihood estimates (``weak´´ estimates),to construct a new aggregated estimate whose pointwise risk is of order of thesmallest risk among all ``weak´´ estimates. We also propose a new approach towards selecting the parameters of the procedure by providing the prescribed behavior of the resulting estimate in the simple parametric situation. We establish a number of important theoretical results concerning the optimality of the aggregated estimate. In particular, our ``oracle´´ results claims that its risk is up to some logarithmic multiplier equal to the smallest risk for the given family of estimates. The performance of the procedure is illustrated by application to the classification problem. A numerical study demonstrates its nice performance in simulated and real life examples.
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