Smoothing Techniques for Curve Estimation

Volume 757 of the series Lecture Notes in Mathematics pp 23-68


Kernel estimation of regression functions

  • Theo GasserAffiliated withAbteilung Biostatistik, Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit
  • , Hans-Georg MüllerAffiliated withInstitut für Angewandte Mathematik, Universität Heidelberg

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For the nonparametric estimation of regression functions with a one-dimensional design parameter, a new kernel estimate is defined and shown to be superior to the one introduced by Priestley and Chao (1972). The results are not restricted to positive kernels, but extend to classes of kernels satisfying certain moment conditions. An asymptotically valid solution for the boundary problem, arising for non-circular models, is found, and this allows the derivation of the asymptotic integrated mean square error. As a special case we obtain the same rates of convergence as for splines. For two optimality criteria (minimum variance, minimum mean square error) higher order kernels are explicitly tabulated.

Key words

nonparametric regression kernel estimation curve smoothing