The successful application of the Hellinger distance approach to fully parametric models is well known. The corresponding optimal estimators, known as minimum Hellinger distance (MHD) estimators, are efficient and have excellent robustness properties (Beran, 1977). This combination of efficiency and robustness makes MHD estimators appealing in practice. However, their application to semiparametric statistical models, which have a nuisance parameter (typically of infinite dimension), has not been fully studied. In this paper, we investigate a methodology to extend the MHD approach to general semiparametric models. We introduce the profile Hellinger distance and use it to construct a minimum profile Hellinger distance (MPHD) estimator of the finite-dimensional parameter of interest. This approach is analogous in some sense to the profile likelihood approach. We investigate the asymptotic properties such as the asymptotic normality, efficiency, and adaptivity of the proposed estimator. We also investigate its robustness properties. We present its small-sample properties using a Monte Carlo study.


Assoc/Prof Jingjing Wu

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University of Calgary, Dep. of Statistics and Actuarial Science


Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:00pm


OMB-145, Old Main Building, UNSW Kensington Campus