Generalized and Robust Nonparametric Regression

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TITLE: Generalized and Robust Nonparametric Regression

Department of Statistics
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania


Much of the nonparametric regression theory is focused on the case of additive Gaussian noise. In such a setting many smoothing techniques including wavelet thresholding methods have been developed and shown to be highly adaptive.

In this talk we consider robust nonparametric regression, where the noise distribution is unknown and possibly heavy-tailed, and generalized nonparametric regression in exponential families which include, for example, Poisson regression, binomial regression, and Gamma regression. We take a unified approach of using a transformation to convert each of these problems into a standard homoskedastic Gaussian regression problem. Then in principle any good nonparametric Gaussian regression procedurecan be applied to the transformed data. We use a wavelet block thresholding procedure to illustrate our method and show that the resulting estimators are adaptively rate-optimal over a range of Besov Spaces. The procedure is easily implementable. A key technical step is the development of a quantile coupling theorem that is used to connect our problem with a more familiar Gaussian setting.


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  • Created By:Anita Race
  • Created:10/12/2009
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016