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Bayesian Approaches to Non-parametric Estimation of Densities on the Unit Interval

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  • Song Li

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  • Mervyn J. Silvapulle

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  • Param Silvapulle

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  • Xibin Zhang

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This paper investigates nonparametric estimation of density on [0,1]. The kernel estimator of density on [0,1] has been found to be sensitive to both bandwidth and kernel. This paper proposes a unified Bayesian framework for choosing both the bandwidth and kernel function. In a simulation study, the Bayesian bandwidth estimator performed better than others, and kernel estimators were sensitive to the choice of the kernel and the shapes of the population densities on [0,1]. The simulation and empirical results demonstrate that the methods proposed in this paper can improve the way the probability densities on [0,1] are presently estimated.

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  • Song Li & Mervyn J. Silvapulle & Param Silvapulle & Xibin Zhang, 2012. "Bayesian Approaches to Non-parametric Estimation of Densities on the Unit Interval," Monash Econometrics and Business Statistics Working Papers 3/12, Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics.
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    1. Zougab, Nabil & Adjabi, Smail & Kokonendji, Célestin C., 2014. "Bayesian estimation of adaptive bandwidth matrices in multivariate kernel density estimation," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 28-38.
    2. Song Li & Mervyn J. Silvapulle & Param Silvapulle & Xibin Zhang, 2015. "Bayesian Approaches to Nonparametric Estimation of Densities on the Unit Interval," Econometric Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(3), pages 394-412, March.

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    Keywords

    Asymmetric kernel; Bayes factor; boundary bias; kernel selection; marginal likelihood; recovery-rate density;

    JEL classification:

    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General

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