Canadian Journal of Statistics

Minimax weights for generalised M‐estimation in biased regression models

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Abstract

The authors consider the construction of weights for Generalised M‐estimation. Such weights, when combined with appropriate score functions, afford protection from biases arising through incorrectly specified response functions, as well as from natural variation. The authors obtain minimax fixed weights of the Mallows type under the assumption that the density of the independent variables is correctly specified, and they obtain adaptive weights when this assumption is relaxed. A simulation study indicates that one can expect appreciable gains in precision when the latter weights are used and the various sources of model uncertainty are present.

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