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Department seminar by Sam Kou, HarvardExport this event to calendar

Thursday, October 25, 2012 — 4:00 PM EDT

Optimal shrinkage estimation in heteroscedastic hierarchical models

Hierarchical models are powerful statistical tools widely used in scientific and engineering applications. The homoscedastic (equal variance) case has been extensively studied, and it is well known that shrinkage estimates, the James-Stein estimate in particular, offer nice theoretical (e.g., risk) properties. The heteroscedastic (the unequal variance) case, on the other hand, has received less attention, even though it frequently appears in real applications. It is not clear of how to construct "optimal" shrinkage estimate. In this talk, we study this problem. We introduce a class of shrinkage estimates, inspired by Stein's unbiased risk estimate. We will show that this class is asymptotically optimal in the heteroscedastic case. We apply the estimates to real examples and observe excellent numerical results.

This talk is based on joint work with Lawrence Brown and Xianchao Xie.

Location 
M3 - Mathematics 3
3127
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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