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Inference Robustness in Multivariate Models with a Scale Parameter


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  • FERNANDEZ, Carmen

    (Institut de Statistique, Université catholique de Louvain, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)


    (Department of Econometrics, Academy of Economics; Krakow, Poland and CORE, Université catholique de Louvain, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

  • STEEL, Mark FJ.

    (CentER for Economic Research and Dept of Econometrics, Tilburg University, The Netherlands)


We formulate a general representation of points z E Rn - {O} in terms of pairs (y, r), where r > 0, y lies in some space y, and z = ry. In addition, we impose that the representation is unique. An example of such a representation is polar coordinates. As an immediate consequence, we can represent random variables Z that take values in Rn - {O} as Z = RY, where R is a positive random variable and Y takes values in y. By fixing the distribution of either R or Y, while imposing independence between them, we generate classes of distributions on Rn. Many families of multivariate distributions, like e.g. spherical, lq-spherical, v-spherical and anisotropic, can be interpreted in this unifying framework. Some classical inference procedures can be shown to be completely robust in these classes of multivariate distributions. These findings are used in the practically relevant contexts of location-scale and pure scale models. Finally, we present a robust Bayesian analysis for the same models and indicate the links between classical and Bayesian results. In particular, for the regression model with Li.d. errors up to a scale: a formal characterization is provided for both classical and Bayesian robustness results concerning inference on the regression parameters.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1995030.

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Date of creation: 01 May 1995
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  1. Fernandez, C. & Osiewalski, J. & Steel, M.F.J., 1993. "The Continuous Multivariate Location-Scale Model Revisited: A Tale of Robustness," Papers 9380, Tilburg - Center for Economic Research.
  2. Dreze, Jacques H., 1977. "Bayesian regression analysis using poly-t densities," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 6(3), pages 329-354, November.
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  1. Fernández, C. & Steel, M.F.J., 1995. "Reference priors in non-normal location problems," Discussion Paper 1995-91, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  2. Fernández, C. & Steel, M.F.J., 1996. "On Bayesian Inference under Sampling from Scale Mixtures of Normals," Discussion Paper 1996-02, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  3. Fernández, C. & Osiewalski, J. & Steel, M.F.J., 1996. "On the Use of Panel Data in Bayesian Stochastic Frontier Models," Discussion Paper 1996-17, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.


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