Iterative density estimation from contaminated observations. (English) Zbl 1100.62042

Summary: We introduce an iterative procedure for estimating the unknown density of a random variable \(X\) from \(n\) independent copies of \(Y = X +\varepsilon\), where \(\varepsilon\) is the normally distributed measurement error independent of X. Mean integrated squared error convergence rates are studied over function classes arising from Fourier conditions. Minimax rates are derived for these classes. It is found that the sequence of estimators defined by the iterative procedure attains the optimal rates. In addition, it is shown that the sequence of estimators converges exponentially fast to an estimator within the class of deconvoluting kernel density estimators.
The iterative scheme shows how, in practice, density estimation from indirect observations may be performed by simply correcting an appropriate ordinary density estimator. This allows to assess the effect that the perturbation due to contamination by \(\varepsilon\) has on the density to be estimated. We also suggest a method to select the smoothing parameter required by the iterative approach and, utilizing this method, perform a simulation study.


62G07 Density estimation
62G20 Asymptotic properties of nonparametric inference
65C60 Computational problems in statistics (MSC2010)
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