Robust Adaptively Weighted Estimators for Regression Models

  • Author / Creator
    Tu, Wei
  • This thesis introduces a new class of robust estimators for regression mod- els. Specifically, a class of weighted least square estimators under linear re- gression models is introduced in Chapter 2, with a continuous adaptive weight function computed using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic. Asymptotic prop- erties, such as consistency and asymptotic normality, of the proposed estimator are established under the model. Simulation studies show that the proposed estimator attains almost full e�ciency and have a better robustness proper- ties than the initial estimators for finite sample sizes. An application to a real contaminated dataset shows that it’s comparable to other robust estimators in practice. In Chapter 3, a class of weighted maximum likelihood estimators under logistic regression models is introduced, again with a continuous adaptive weight function computed using Mahalanobis distances of exploratory vari- ables. Asymptotic consistency of the proposed estimator is proved under the model, and finite-sample properties are also studied by simulation. In simu- lation studies, it is observed that the proposed estimator is almost as e�cient as the maximum likelihood estimator under the model, and under point-mass contamination models, the proposed estimator shows a comparable robustness. This is also verified in an application to a real data set. Chapter 4 contains some concluding remarks and future directions.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2015
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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