A generalized divergence for statistical inference



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Ghosh, A. and Harris, I. R. and Maji, A. and Basu, A. and Pardo Llorente, Leandro (2017) A generalized divergence for statistical inference. Bernoulli, 23 (4A). pp. 2746-2783. ISSN 1350-7265

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The power divergence (PD) and the density power divergence (DPD) families have proven to be useful tools in the area of robust inference. In this paper, we consider a superfamily of divergences which contains both of these families as special cases. The role of this superfamily is studied in several statistical applications, and desirable properties are identified and discussed. In many cases, it is observed that the most preferred minimum divergence estimator within the above collection lies outside the class of minimum PD or minimum DPD estimators, indicating that this superfamily has real utility, rather than just being a routine generalization. The limitation of the usual first order influence function as an effective descriptor of the robustness of the estimator is also demonstrated in this connection.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Breakdown point; Divergence measure; Influence function; Robust estimation; S-divergence
Subjects:Sciences > Mathematics > Functional analysis and Operator theory
ID Code:44069
Deposited On:25 Jul 2017 07:19
Last Modified:25 Jul 2017 07:19

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