Canadian Journal of Statistics

Set estimation and nonparametric detection

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The authors consider the estimation of a set S ⊂ Rd from a random sample of n points. They examine the properties of a detection method, proposed by Devroye & Wise (1980), which relies on the use of a “naive” estimator of S defined as a union of balls centered at the sample points with common radius ϵn. They obtain the convergence rate for the probability of false alarm and show that the smoothing parameter ϵn can be used to incorporate some prior information on the shape of S. They suggest two general methods for selecting ϵn and illustrate them with a simulation study and a real data example.

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