On a notion of data depth based on random simplices. (English) Zbl 0701.62063

Summary: For a distribution F on \({\mathbb{R}}^ p\) and a point x in \({\mathbb{R}}^ p\), the simplicial depth D(x) is introduced, which is the probability that the point x is contained inside a random simplex whose vertices are \(p+1\) independent observations from F. Mathematically and heuristically it is argued that D(x) indeed can be viewed as a measure of depth of the point x with respect to F. An empirical version of D(\(\cdot)\) gives rise to a natural ordering of the data points from the center outward. The ordering thus obtained leads to the introduction of multivariate generalizations of the univariate sample median and L-statistics. This generalized sample median and L-statistics are affine equivariant.


62H05 Characterization and structure theory for multivariate probability distributions; copulas
62H12 Estimation in multivariate analysis
60D05 Geometric probability and stochastic geometry
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