Kernel estimators of the failure-rate function and density estimation : An analogy

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Author(s)

  • Nozer D. Singpurwalla
  • Man-Yuen Wong

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-481
Journal / PublicationJournal of the American Statistical Association
Volume78
Issue number382
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1983
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

In this article we explore methods by which the rate of convergence of the bias and the mean squared error of kernel estimators of the failure-rate function can be improved. We show that if the kernel is not restricted to be nonnegative and is suitably chosen, then the bias contribution to the asymptotic mean squared error can be eliminated to any required order, and the rate of convergence of the asymptotic mean squared error can be brought as close to n−1 as is desired. The generalized jackknife method of combining estimators is an adequate procedure that leads us to this goal. Some of our results parallel those obtained for density estimation. The material on constructing special kernels using the generalized jackknife is also applicable for density estimation. Wherever appropriate, we make connections between these two topics. © 1983 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Research Area(s)

  • Bias reduction, Density estimation, Failure-rate function, Generalized jackknife, Kernel estimate

Citation Format(s)

Kernel estimators of the failure-rate function and density estimation: An analogy. / Singpurwalla, Nozer D.; Wong, Man-Yuen.
In: Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 78, No. 382, 06.1983, p. 478-481.

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