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2021 Regression using localised functional Bregman divergence
Kanta Naito, Spiridon Penev
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Electron. J. Statist. 15(2): 6544-6585 (2021). DOI: 10.1214/21-EJS1947


This paper is concerned with a unified approach to estimating regression methods based on a certain divergence and its localisation. Some past papers have demonstrated theoretically and numerically that infusing a little localisation in the likelihood-based methods for regression and for density estimation can actually improve the resulting estimators with respect to suitably defined global risk measures. Thus a variety of local likelihood methods have been suggested. We demonstrate that similar effect can also be observed in the general framework discussed in this paper and with respect to robust estimation procedures. Localised versions of robust regression estimation procedures perform better with respect to global risk measures based on minimisation of Bregman divergence measures. An intricate relationship between regression model’s inadequacy and its robustness can be better analysed by using the local approach developed in this paper. We support our claims with a short simulation study.

Funding Statement

The first author was supported in part by KAKENHI 19K11851. The second author was supported by Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP 160103489.


The authors would like to thank the associate editor and a referee for their useful comments.


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Kanta Naito. Spiridon Penev. "Regression using localised functional Bregman divergence." Electron. J. Statist. 15 (2) 6544 - 6585, 2021.


Received: 1 March 2021; Published: 2021
First available in Project Euclid: 27 December 2021

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/21-EJS1947

Primary: 62J02 , 62J12
Secondary: 62E20

Keywords: Bregman divergence , ‎kernel‎ , localisation , regression , risk , robustness

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