The Annals of Statistics
- Ann. Statist.
- Volume 23, Number 6 (1995), 2264-2284.
On the minimisation of $L\sp p$ error in mode estimation
We show that, for $L^p$ convergence of the mode of a nonparametric density estimator to the mode of an unknown probability density, finiteness of the pth moment of the underlying distribution is both necessary and sufficient. The basic requirement of existence of finite variance has been overlooked by statisticians, who have earlier considered mean square convergence of nonparametric mode estimators; they have focussed on mean squared error of the asymptotic distribution, rather than on asymptotic mean squared error. The effect of bandwidth choice on the rate of $L^p$ convergence is analysed, and smoothed bootstrap methods are used to develop an empirical approximation to the $L^p$ measure of error. The resulting bootstrap estimator of $L^p$ error may be minimised with respect to the bandwidth of the nonparametric density estimator, and in this way an empirical rule may be developed for selecting the bandwidth for mode estimation. Particular attention is devoted to the problem of selecting the appropriate amount of smoothing in the bootstrap algorithm.
Ann. Statist., Volume 23, Number 6 (1995), 2264-2284.
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Grund, Birgit; Hall, Peter. On the minimisation of $L\sp p$ error in mode estimation. Ann. Statist. 23 (1995), no. 6, 2264--2284. doi:10.1214/aos/1034713656. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aos/1034713656