Canadian Journal of Statistics

Nonparametric regression for threshold data

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Abstract

Consider a detector which records the times at which the endogenous variable of a nonparametric regression model exceeds a certain threshold. If the error distribution is known, the regression function can still be identified from these threshold data. The author constructs estimators for the regression function that are transformations of kernel estimators. She determines the bandwidth that minimizes the asymptotic mean average squared error. Her investigation was motivated by recent work on stochastic resonance in neuroscience and signal detection theory, where it was observed that detection of a subthreshold signal is enhanced by the addition of noise. The author compares her model with several others that have been proposed in the recent past.

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