## The Annals of Mathematical Statistics

- Ann. Math. Statist.
- Volume 36, Number 3 (1965), 1049-1051.

### A Nonparametric Estimate of a Multivariate Density Function

D. O. Loftsgaarden and C. P. Quesenberry

#### Abstract

Let $x_1, \cdots, x_n$ be independent observations on a $p$-dimensional random variable $X = (X_1, \cdots, X_p)$ with absolutely continuous distribution function $F(x_1, \cdots, x_p)$. An observation $x_i$ on $X$ is $x_i = (x_{1i}, \cdots, x_{pi})$. The problem considered here is the estimation of the probability density function $f(x_1, \cdots, x_p)$ at a point $z = (z_1, \cdots, z_p)$ where $f$ is positive and continuous. An estimator is proposed and consistency is shown. The problem of estimating a probability density function has only recently begun to receive attention in the literature. Several authors [Rosenblatt (1956), Whittle (1958), Parzen (1962), and Watson and Leadbetter (1963)] have considered estimating a univariate density function. In addition, Fix and Hodges (1951) were concerned with density estimation in connection with nonparametric discrimination. Cacoullos (1964) generalized Parzen's work to the multivariate case. The work in this paper arose out of work on the nonparametric discrimination problem.

#### Article information

**Source**

Ann. Math. Statist. Volume 36, Number 3 (1965), 1049-1051.

**Dates**

First available in Project Euclid: 27 April 2007

**Permanent link to this document**

http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoms/1177700079

**Digital Object Identifier**

doi:10.1214/aoms/1177700079

**Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)**

MR176567

**Zentralblatt MATH identifier**

0132.38905

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#### Citation

Loftsgaarden, D. O.; Quesenberry, C. P. A Nonparametric Estimate of a Multivariate Density Function. Ann. Math. Statist. 36 (1965), no. 3, 1049--1051. doi:10.1214/aoms/1177700079. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoms/1177700079.