The Annals of Statistics

Effect of Bias Estimation on Coverage Accuracy of Bootstrap Confidence Intervals for a Probability Density

Peter Hall

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Abstract

The bootstrap is a poor estimator of bias in problems of curve estimation, and so bias must be corrected by other means when the bootstrap is used to construct confidence intervals for a probability density. Bias may either be estimated explicitly, or allowed for by undersmoothing the curve estimator. Which of these two approaches is to be preferred? In the present paper we address this question from the viewpoint of coverage accuracy, assuming a given number of derivatives of the unknown density. We conclude that the simpler, undersmoothing method is more efficacious. Undersmoothing also has advantages from the standpoint of minimizing interval width. We derive formulae for bandwidths which are optimal in terms of coverage accuracy and also give formulae for the coverage error which results from using those bandwidths.

Article information

Source
Ann. Statist., Volume 20, Number 2 (1992), 675-694.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 12 April 2007

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aos/1176348651

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/aos/1176348651

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1165587

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0748.62028

JSTOR
links.jstor.org

Subjects
Primary: 62G05: Estimation
Secondary: 62E20: Asymptotic distribution theory

Keywords
Bias bootstrap confidence interval coverage smoothing

Citation

Hall, Peter. Effect of Bias Estimation on Coverage Accuracy of Bootstrap Confidence Intervals for a Probability Density. Ann. Statist. 20 (1992), no. 2, 675--694. doi:10.1214/aos/1176348651. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aos/1176348651


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