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Admissibility and minimaxity of generalized Bayes estimators for spherically symmetric family

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  • Maruyama, Yazo
  • Takemura, Akimichi

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We give a sufficient condition for admissibility of generalized Bayes estimators of the location vector of spherically symmetric distribution under squared error loss. Compared to the known results for the multivariate normal case, our sufficient condition is very tight and is close to being a necessary condition. In particular, we establish the admissibility of generalized Bayes estimators with respect to the harmonic prior and priors with slightly heavier tail than the harmonic prior. We use the theory of regularly varying functions to construct a sequence of smooth proper priors approaching an improper prior fast enough for establishing the admissibility. We also discuss conditions of minimaxity of the generalized Bayes estimator with respect to the harmonic prior.

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  • Maruyama, Yazo & Takemura, Akimichi, 2008. "Admissibility and minimaxity of generalized Bayes estimators for spherically symmetric family," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 50-73, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmvana:v:99:y:2008:i:1:p:50-73
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    1. Maruyama, Yuzo, 2009. "An admissibility proof using an adaptive sequence of smoother proper priors approaching the target improper prior," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 100(8), pages 1845-1853, September.

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