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Jump or kink: note on super-efficiency in segmented linear regression break-point estimation


  • Chen, Yining


We consider the problem of segmented linear regression with a single breakpoint, with the focus on estimating the location of the breakpoint. If $n$ is the sample size, we show that the global minimax convergence rate for this problem in terms of the mean absolute error is $O(n^{-1/3})$. On the other hand, we demonstrate the construction of a super-efficient estimator that achieves the pointwise convergence rate of either $O(n^{-1})$ or $O(n^{-1/2})$ for every fixed parameter value, depending on whether the structural change is a jump or a kink. The implications of this example and a potential remedy are discussed.

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  • Chen, Yining, 2020. "Jump or kink: note on super-efficiency in segmented linear regression break-point estimation," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 103488, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:103488

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