Department of Economics and Business Economics

Leopoldo Catania

Robust Estimation of a Location Parameter with the Integrated Hogg Function

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We study the properties of an M-estimator arising from the minimisation of an integrated version of the quantile loss function. The estimator depends on a tuning parameter which controls the degree of robustness. We show that the sample median and the sample mean are obtained as limit cases. Consistency and asymptotic normality are established and a link with the Hodges-Lehmann estimator and the Wilcoxon test is discussed. Asymptotic results indicate that high levels of efficiency can be reached by specific choices of the tuning parameter. A Monte Carlo analysis investigates the finite sample properties of the estimator. Results indicate that efficiency can be preserved in finite samples by setting the tuning parameter to a low fraction of a (robust) estimate of the scale.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108812
JournalStatistics & Probability Letters
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020

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