Data-driven aggregation in non-parametric density estimation on the real line

01/29/2020 ∙ by Sergio Brenner Miguel, et al. ∙ 0

We study non-parametric estimation of an unknown density with support in R (respectively R+). The proposed estimation procedure is based on the projection on finite dimensional subspaces spanned by the Hermite (respectively the Laguerre) functions. The focus of this paper is to introduce a data-driven aggregation approach in order to deal with the upcoming bias-variance trade-off. Our novel procedure integrates the usual model selection method as a limit case. We show the oracle- and the minimax-optimality of the data-driven aggregated density estimator and hence its adaptivity. We present results of a simulation study which allow to compare the finite sample performance of the data-driven estimators using model selection compared to the new aggregation.

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