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Orthogonal series density estimation

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Abstract Orthogonal series density estimation is a powerful nonparametric estimation methodology that allows one to analyze and present data at hand without any prior opinion about shape of an underlying density. The idea of construction of an adaptive orthogonal series density estimator is explained on the classical example of a direct sample from a univariate density. Data‐driven estimators, which have been used for years, as well as recently proposed procedures, are reviewed. Orthogonal series estimation is also known for its sharp minimax properties which are explained. Furthermore, applications of the orthogonal series methodology to more complicated settings, including censored and biased data as well as estimation of the density of regression errors and the conditional density, are also presented. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. This article is categorized under: Statistical and Graphical Methods of Data Analysis > Density Estimation

Performance of the default R (and S‐PLUS) histogram is shown in the top diagrams and performance of the orthogonal series Universal estimator (dashed lines) is shown in the bottom diagrams for the same simulated samples of size n = 50. The underlying density in the left diagrams is uniform, and in other diagrams it is shown by the solid line. Bottom diagrams exhibit underlying samples using histograms with smaller bin width.

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