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The sparse Poisson means model

Ery Arias-Castro and Meng Wang

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We consider the problem of detecting a sparse Poisson mixture. Our results parallel those for the detection of a sparse normal mixture, pioneered by Ingster (1997) and Donoho and Jin (2004), when the Poisson means are larger than logarithmic in the sample size. In particular, a form of higher criticism achieves the detection boundary in the whole sparse regime. When the Poisson means are smaller than logarithmic in the sample size, a different regime arises in which simple multiple testing with Bonferroni correction is enough in the sparse regime. We present some numerical experiments that confirm our theoretical findings.

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Electron. J. Statist., Volume 9, Number 2 (2015), 2170-2201.

Received: August 2014
First available in Project Euclid: 5 October 2015

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Sparse Poisson means model goodness-of-fit tests multiple testing Bonferroni’s method Fisher’s method Pearson’s chi-squared test Tukey’s higher criticism sparse normal means model


Arias-Castro, Ery; Wang, Meng. The sparse Poisson means model. Electron. J. Statist. 9 (2015), no. 2, 2170--2201. doi:10.1214/15-EJS1066. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ejs/1444053023

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