Nonparametric regression, confidence regions and regularization

P.L. Davies, A. Kovac, M. Meise

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In this paper we offer a unified approach to the problem of nonparametric regression on the unit interval. It is based on a universal, honest and non-asymptotic confidence region An which is defined by a set of linear inequalities involving the values of the functions at the design points. Interest will typically centre on certain simplest functions in An where simplicity can be defined in terms of shape (number of local extremes, intervals of convexity/concavity) or smoothness (bounds on derivatives) or a combination of both. Once some form of regularization has been decided upon the confidence region can be used to provide honest non-asymptotic confidence bounds which are less informative but conceptually much simpler.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2597-2625
JournalThe Annals of Statistics
Issue number5B
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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