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Limit Distribution of Convex-Hull Estimators of Boundaries

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  • Jeong, Seok-Oh
  • Park, Byeong U.

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Given n independent and identically distributed observations in a set G with an unknown function g, called a boundary or frontier, it is desired to estimate g from the observations. The problem has several important applications including classification and cluster analysis, and is closely related to edge estimation in image reconstruction. It is particularly important in econometrics. The convex-hull estimator of a boundary or frontier is very popular in econometrics, where it is a cornerstone of a method known as `data envelope analysis´ or DEA. In this paper we give a large sample approximation of the distribution of the convex-hull estimator in the general case where p>=1. We discuss ways of using the large sample approximation to correct the bias of the convex-hull and the DEA estimators and to construct confidence intervals for the true function.

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  • Jeong, Seok-Oh & Park, Byeong U., 2004. "Limit Distribution of Convex-Hull Estimators of Boundaries," Papers 2004,39, Humboldt University of Berlin, Center for Applied Statistics and Economics (CASE).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:caseps:200439
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    5. Hall, Peter & Park, Byeong U. & Stern, Steven E., 1998. "On Polynomial Estimators of Frontiers and Boundaries," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 66(1), pages 71-98, July.
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    1. Daniel Friesner & Ron Mittelhammer & Robert Rosenmane, 2006. "Inferring the Latent Incidence of Inefficiency from DEA Estimates and Bayesian Priors," Working Papers 2006-8, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.

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