Electronic Journal of Statistics
- Electron. J. Statist.
- Volume 6 (2012), 783-809.
Bayes minimax estimators of a location vector for densities in the Berger class
We consider Bayesian estimation of the location parameter θ of a random vector X having a unimodal spherically symmetric density f(‖x−θ‖2) when the prior density π(‖θ‖2) is spherically symmetric and superharmonic. We study minimaxity of the generalized Bayes estimator δπ(X)=X+∇M(X)/m(X) under quadratic loss, where m is the marginal associated to f(‖x−θ‖2) and M is the marginal with respect to F(‖x−θ‖2)=1/2∫‖x−θ‖2∞f(t) dt under the condition inf t≥0F(t)/f(t)=c>0 (see Berger ). We adopt a common approach to the cases where F(t)/f(t) is nonincreasing or nondecreasing and, although details differ in the two settings, this paper complements the article by Fourdrinier and Strawderman  who dealt with only the case where F(t)/f(t) is nondecreasing. When F(t)/f(t) is nonincreasing, we show that the Bayes estimator is minimax provided a ‖∇π(‖θ‖2)‖2/π(‖θ‖2)+2 c2 Δπ(‖θ‖2)≤0 where a is a constant depending on the sampling density. When F(t)/f(t) is nondecreasing, the first term of that inequality is replaced by b g(‖θ‖2) where b also depends on f and where g(‖θ‖2) is a superharmonic upper bound of ‖∇π(‖θ‖2)‖2/π(‖θ‖2). Examples illustrate the theory.
Electron. J. Statist., Volume 6 (2012), 783-809.
First available in Project Euclid: 9 May 2012
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Primary: 62C10: Bayesian problems; characterization of Bayes procedures 62C20: Minimax procedures 46E35: Sobolev spaces and other spaces of "smooth" functions, embedding theorems, trace theorems
Fourdrinier, Dominique; Mezoued, Fatiha; Strawderman, William E. Bayes minimax estimators of a location vector for densities in the Berger class. Electron. J. Statist. 6 (2012), 783--809. doi:10.1214/12-EJS694. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ejs/1336568106