Smoothed influence function: Another view at robust nonparametric regression
In this work, we introduce a smoothed influence function that constitute a theoretical tool for studying the outliers robustness properties of a large class of nonparametric estimators. With this tool, we first show the nonrobustness of the Nadaraya-Watson estimator of regression. Then we show that the M, the L and the R-estimators of the regression achieve robustness (when estimated by kernel). Our results are illustrated performing Monte-Carlo simulation.
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