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Derivative estimation based on difference sequence via locally weighted least squares regression. (English) Zbl 1351.62095
Summary: A new method is proposed for estimating derivatives of a nonparametric regression function. By applying Taylor expansion technique to a derived symmetric difference sequence, we obtain a sequence of approximate linear regression representation in which the derivative is just the intercept term. Using locally weighted least squares, we estimate the derivative in the linear regression model. The estimator has less bias in both valleys and peaks of the true derivative function. For the special case of a domain with equispaced design points, the asymptotic bias and variance are derived; consistency and asymptotic normality are established. In simulations our estimators have less bias and mean square error than its main competitors, especially second order derivative estimator.

62G08 Nonparametric regression and quantile regression
62G20 Asymptotic properties of nonparametric inference
fda (R); locpol; pspline
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