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Relative-error prediction


  • Park, Heungsun
  • Stefanski, L. A.


We derive the form of the best mean squared relative error predictor of Y given X. Some methods of estimating predictors with good relative error properties are proposed and studied via simulation. The methods are illustrated with an example in which county-level gasoline sales are predicted from county-level population.

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  • Park, Heungsun & Stefanski, L. A., 1998. "Relative-error prediction," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 40(3), pages 227-236, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:stapro:v:40:y:1998:i:3:p:227-236

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    6. Zhouping Li & Yuanyuan Lin & Guoliang Zhou & Wang Zhou, 2014. "Empirical likelihood for least absolute relative error regression," TEST: An Official Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research, Springer;Sociedad de Estadística e Investigación Operativa, vol. 23(1), pages 86-99, March.
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