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Simpler Bootstrap Estimation of the Asymptotic Variance of U-statistic Based Estimators

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  • Bo E. Honore
  • Luojia Hu

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The bootstrap is a popular and useful tool for estimating the asymptotic variance of complicated estimators. Ironically, the fact that the estimators are complicated can make the standard bootstrap computationally burdensome because it requires repeated re-calculation of the estimator. In Honor and Hu (2015), we propose a computationally simpler bootstrap procedure based on repeated re-calculation of one-dimensional estimators. The applicability of that approach is quite general. In this paper, we propose an alternative method which is specific to extremum estimators based on U-statistics. The contribution here is that rather than repeated re-calculating the U-statistic-based estimator, we can recalculate a related estimator based on single-sums. A simulation study suggests that the approach leads to a good approximation to the standard bootstrap, and that if this is the goal, then our approach is superior to numerical derivative methods.

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  • Bo E. Honore & Luojia Hu, 2015. "Simpler Bootstrap Estimation of the Asymptotic Variance of U-statistic Based Estimators," Working Paper Series WP-2015-7, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhwp:wp-2015-07
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    Keywords

    U-statistics; bootstrap; inference; numerical derivatives;

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    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • C18 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Methodolical Issues: General

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