On a general definition of depth for functional data. (English) Zbl 1381.62098

Summary: In this paper, we provide an elaboration on the desirable properties of statistical depths for functional data. Although a formal definition has been put forward in the literature, there are still several unclarities to be tackled, and further insights to be gained. Herein, a few interesting connections between the wanted properties are found. In particular, it is demonstrated that the conditions needed for some desirable properties to hold are extremely demanding, and virtually impossible to be met for common depths. We establish adaptations of these properties which prove to be still sensible, and more easily met by common functional depths.


62H12 Estimation in multivariate analysis
62G35 Nonparametric robustness
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