Canadian Journal of Statistics

Local likelihood density estimation for interval censored data

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The authors propose a class of procedures for local likelihood estimation from data that are either interval‐censored or that have been aggregated into bins. One such procedure relies on an algorithm that generalizes existing self‐consistency algorithms by introducing kernel smoothing at each step of the iteration. The entire class of procedures yields estimates that are obtained as solutions of fixed point equations. By discretizing and applying numerical integration, the authors use fixed point theory to study convergence of algorithms for the class. Rapid convergence is effected by the implementation of a local EM algorithm as a global Newton iteration. The latter requires an explicit solution of the local likelihood equations which can be found by using the symbolic Newton‐Raphson algorithm, if necessary.

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