New bandwidth selectors for kernel density estimation with directional data are presented in this work. These selectors are based on asymptotic and exact error expressions for the kernel density estimator combined with mixtures of von Mises distributions. The performance of the proposed selectors is investigated in a simulation study and compared with other existing rules for a large variety of directional scenarios, sample sizes and dimensions. The selector based on the exact error expression turns out to have the best behaviour of the studied selectors for almost all the situations. This selector is illustrated with real data for the circular and spherical cases.
"Exact risk improvement of bandwidth selectors for kernel density estimation with directional data." Electron. J. Statist. 7 1655 - 1685, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1214/13-EJS821