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Design-based estimation for geometric quantiles with application to outlier detection


  • Chaouch, Mohamed
  • Goga, Camelia


Geometric quantiles are investigated using data collected from a complex survey. Geometric quantiles are an extension of univariate quantiles in a multivariate set-up that uses the geometry of multivariate data clouds. A very important application of geometric quantiles is the detection of outliers in multivariate data by means of quantile contours. A design-based estimator of geometric quantiles is constructed and used to compute quantile contours in order to detect outliers in both multivariate data and survey sampling set-ups. An algorithm for computing geometric quantile estimates is also developed. Under broad assumptions, the asymptotic variance of the quantile estimator is derived and a consistent variance estimator is proposed. Theoretical results are illustrated with simulated and real data.

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  • Chaouch, Mohamed & Goga, Camelia, 2010. "Design-based estimation for geometric quantiles with application to outlier detection," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 54(10), pages 2214-2229, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:csdana:v:54:y:2010:i:10:p:2214-2229

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