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Smallest nonparametric tolerance regions

Alessandro Di Bucchianico, John H. Einmahl, and Nino A. Mushkudiani

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We present a new, natural way to construct nonparametric multivariate tolerance regions. Unlike the classical nonparametric tolerance intervals, where the endpoints are determined by beforehand chosen order statistics, we take the shortest interval that contains a certain number of observations. We extend this idea to higher dimensions by replacing the class of intervals by a general class of indexing sets, which specializes to the classes of ellipsoids, hyperrectangles or convex sets.The asymptotic behavior of our tolerance regions is derived using empirical process theory, in particular the concept of generalized quantiles. Finite sample properties of our tolerance regions are investigated through a simulation study. Real data examples are also presented.

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Ann. Statist. Volume 29, Number 5 (2001), 1320-1343.

First available in Project Euclid: 8 February 2002

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Primary: 62G15: Tolerance and confidence regions 62G20: Asymptotic properties 62G30: Order statistics; empirical distribution functions 60F05: Central limit and other weak theorems

Nonparametric tolerance region prediction region empirical process asymptotic normality minimum volume set


Di Bucchianico, Alessandro; Einmahl, John H.; Mushkudiani, Nino A. Smallest nonparametric tolerance regions. Ann. Statist. 29 (2001), no. 5, 1320--1343. doi:10.1214/aos/1013203456.

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