Robust Estimation of a Location Parameter with the Integrated Hogg Function
15 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2020
Date Written: December 17, 2019
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.
Keywords: Robust statistics, Hogg function, M-estimator
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