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Constrained Bayes estimation with applications. (English) Zbl 0781.62040
Summary: Bayesian techniques are widely used in these days for simultaneous estimation of several parameters in compound decision problems. Often, however, the main objective is to produce an ensemble of parameter estimates whose histogram is in some sense close to the histogram of population parameters. This is for example the situation in subgroup analysis, where the problem is not only to estimate the different components of a parameter vector, but also to identify the parameters that are above, and the others that are below a certain specified cutoff point.
We propose Bayes estimates in a very general context that meet this need. These estimates are obtained by matching the first two moments of the histogram of the estimates, and the posterior expectations of the first two moments of the histogram of the parameters, and minimizing subject to these conditions, the posterior expectation of the Euclidean distance between the estimates and the parameters. Several applications of the main result are provided in the normal and other models. Also, the results are applied to an actual data set.

62F15 Bayesian inference
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