Continuous Empirical Characteristic Function Estimation of Mixtures of Normal Parameters
This paper develops an e±cient method for estimating the discrete mix- tures of normal family based on the continuous empirical characteristic function (CECF). An iterated estimation procedure based on the closed form objective distance function is proposed to improve the estimation effciency. The results from the Monte Carlo simulation reveal that the CECF estimator produces good finite sample properties. In particular, it outperforms the discrete type of methods when the maximum likelihood estimation fails to converge. An empirical example is provided for illustrative purposes.
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