Any statistical process which seeks to approximate an unknown value, such as a distribution, a point estimate (e.g. mean), or confidence interval.

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Conceptual questions on semi-blind identification

In performing system identification with a driven signal, we need to select the driving signal. In blind system identification, we only have the information about the observed signal. In semi-blind ...
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Can you combined two sources with difference variance to reduce error? [duplicate]

I have two samples of data each estimates of a position x, y with Gaussian noise. One source has a larger variance than the other. Is this source in any way useful ...
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Issues in estimation and plot

I am learning adaptive filters and testing the performance of using Least Squares and Kalman filter for parameter estimation for $y = X + \text{noise}$. The model is autoregressive AR(2) model $$y(t) ...
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Why are Winsorized random variables independent?

While studying trimmed mean I understood that if I have some random variables $X_1, X_2, .., X_n$ by ordering them and trimming, the variables are no longer independent. However it is said that "by ...
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how do you estimate the parameters of a system~(alpha,beta) in R?

Given a system made up of n different components who follow a Weibull distribution. we can easily estimate both the shape and scale parameters for each component. if the components forms a parralel ...
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Estimator (preferably unbiased) of $\ln (\text{E}[X])$

Given the distribution function of random variable $X$ I know how to estimate its mean. What would be an estimator (preferably unbiased) of $\ln(\text{E}[X])$ ?
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Normalization to non-degenerate distribution

I am reading de Haan's Extreme Value Theory (2006). In the discussion of distribution of sample maximum, he said "in order to obtain a non-degenerate limit distribution, a normalization is necessary". ...
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Comparison between MAD and SD

I am reading Huber's Robust Statistics (2nd). On page 2 and 3 he gave an example. The basic facts are summarized here. Let $(X_n)$ be a sequence of random variables and define two measures of spread ...
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Help with MLE regression

I have a data set containing two variables x and y. I want to estimate the parameters for a regression model. The regression ...
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A Kalman Filter for estimating z-scores?

I have been struggling to fit the following problem into a linear state space model for a Kalman Filter (KF). I'm having a hard time seeing what I'm doing wrong. I suspect I'm violating some law of KF ...
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Maximum Rank Correlation for panel data

Let $Z=(Y, X)$ be an observation from a distribution $P$ where $Y$ is a response variable and $X$ is a vector of regressors. Assuming the following model: $Y = F(X'\beta, u)$ where $X'\beta$ is a ...
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Estimating costs with extreme values

I am trying to estimate health care costs and I was wondering what the standard practice is for extreme values? By extreme values I mean I have a large portion of my costs being zero and a small ...
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Name for a problem where the unknown is a vector of integers and the data points are proportional to it?

I've got an unknown vector of integers I, an unknown constant c, and my data are cI + noise. The noise has mean 0. The problem is to estimate I. I know that it's possible, because if you had an ...
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Estimating number of intersections between point and polygons

I have a 2D plane (a large rectangle) with a finite size in the x and y direction, which is the field of my problem. The field is covered by $n$ smaller rectangles that are located randomly within ...
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Conceptual question in understanding parameter estimation

Parameter estimation of nonlinear systems unscented kalman filter ( paper and many others are categorized under semi-blind identification technique because the Authors say that the dynamics of the ...
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MAP estimate of posterior parameters

I have a setup where the joint posterior is written as: $$ P(w, \lambda, \phi \vert y) = P(\phi) \times P(w \vert \lambda) \times P(\lambda) \times \prod_{i=1}^{N}P(y_i \vert w_i, \phi, \lambda) $$ ...
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How to do and interpret a generalized estimating equation

My study is looking at the effects of enclosure type (1 IV (penned v not penned)) on the stereotypical behaviours and interactions (2 DV's (counts)) of elephants, however using rain (yes/no) and high ...
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Consistency of unbiased estimator of error term variance in Multiple regression

Let $Y=X\beta+\epsilon$. We know that $\frac{e'e}{n-k}$ is an unbiased estimator of $Var(\epsilon)$, where $e$ is the vector of residuals, and $\epsilon$ is multivariate normal distributed in this ...
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Asymmetric Dynamic Conditional Correlation in Matlab

I need to interpret the results of the estimation of the A-DCC model by Cappiello, Engle and Sheppard, 2006, Journal of Financial Econometrics. I used the Matlab routines of the MFE Toolboox ...
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Robust estimation in SPSS generalized mixed models

I'm using mixed models in SPSS 19 to analyse dietary data. The mixed procedure is used because we have more than one measurement from many of the participants. My problem is that many of my dependent ...
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How to validate goodness of fit and forecasting quality of a model?

I am working on big data sets, which represent electricity consumption on power substation throughout the year. I have data every 10 minutes and multiple (and long) seasonalities. I have a daily, ...
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Estimating nested copula parameters in R

Using the R copula package, is there a built-in way to estimate the theta parameters of a nested Archimedean copula (ideally together with the marginals) based on empirical data? In the non-nested ...
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Name for the special estimate of the mean

During my masters studies, I heard about the following estimate of the mean: We take the minimal and the maximal value from sample and simply average them out. Does this estimate have any name? And ...
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Estimating probabilities of probability products

I have a process which generates a binary outcome from a multiplication of two independent stochastic binary inputs: Out = X1(P1) * X2(P2) . X1 and X2 generate a binary output with some probability, ...
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How many answers are needed to establish a Schelling focal point?

Consider Schelling's question about a focal meeting point for NYC in game theory (described in the second paragraph under Formulation in the Wikipedia entry). Schelling didn't say how many students ...
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Estimating the time for completing a sequence of actions

In short: suppose I have observations for times taken to do some action. I want to estimate, how long will it take to complete a sequence of actions. The estimate should minimize the mean absolute ...
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High dimensional model estimation with outliers

I have a set H of k m-dimensional hyperplanes in n dimensional space, where ...
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Least mean square algorithm – conceptual doubt

I have used the least mean square (LMS) algorithm to estimate a signal in the presence of high chaotic and random noise. MSE values in db at each SNR for the coefficients is positive even though I ...
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Restoring original distribution from noisy observations

There is a known set of pairs $(y_i, \sigma_i)$ such that $y_i = x_i + \sigma_i N_i$ $N_i \sim \mathbf{N}(0,1) $ for all $i$ $x_i \sim \rho$ for all $i$ where $y$ is observed value, $x$ is true ...
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Difference between estimation and learning

What is the difference between parameter estimation which includes system identification and learning in machine learning perspective? Let say the model is y= Ax. x is the input and y is the output. ...
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Geographic regression

I'm working on a project to estimate real estate and started with some classique techniques, such as linear regression etc. The obtained results are already going in the good direction, but to get ...
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Estimation of AR(1) process

Suppose the stochastic process ${X_t}$ satisfies the equation $$X_t=\phi X_{t-1} + Z_t \tag{A}$$ where $\phi>1$ and $Z_t$ is a white noise. Then iterating forward we get that the only stationary ...
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Parameter estimation of gaussian function kernel using cross-validation

I need to estimate (using cross-validation), the parameters $\sigma$ and $\lambda$ of the Gaussian kernel: $K_G(x,y) = \sigma^2 \exp{(-\frac{1}{2\lambda^2}\sum_{i,j}(x_{ij}-y_{ij})^2})$ where $x$ ...
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Which distribution for modelling duration of tasks?

Recently I was present with a task estimation technique. Instead of letting people rate a task for x - amount of hours, I let them discretize tasks into discrete sizes like small / medium / large / ...
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Intuition behind the Stein's paradox

I had read wiki and some sources. jmanton's blog, Wasserman's blog the background is that: You have Xi ∼ N(θi, 1), and we want to estimate the each θi. Where Xi are ...
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Covariance estimation

Suppose I want to estimate the covariance of $n$ $p$-dimensional iid random vectors $X_i$, where $n>p$. I've read in several places that if $n-p$ is small then the MLE covariance matrix estimate ...
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Why representation of AR process comes up in estimation

Let ${X_t}$, $t=...-2,-1,0,1,2...$ be a stochastic process that satisfies: $X_t=\rho X_{t-1}+\varepsilon_t$ with $|\rho|<1$ and $\varepsilon_t$ is a white noise. In that case, we also know that ...
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Why does maximum likelihood estimation not work in estimating signal in deterministic chaotic noise

I have few conceptual questions related to application of chaos in communications. In few application such as radar Chaotic signal reconstruction with application to noise radar system, cryptography, ...
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Estimating number of unique people

Assume from a prior experiment with have a known truth table of misclassification of logins on an individual basis. $$ \begin{array}{c|lcr} \text{Truth}/\text{Observed} & \text{Al (M)} & ...
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What is the difference between ex ante and a priori, if any?

In the context of estimating geophysical quantities from remotely sensed data (inverse theory), what do the terms ex ante and ex post mean? For context, see for example this paper by T. von Clarmann ...
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Unbiased Estimator of Days Until Completion?

I'm trying to get an estimate of average number of days until some event occurs (the event is guaranteed to eventually occur). I have some sample where this event has already occured for most ...
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In inverse theory, how do I transform the averaging kernel matrix to a new grid?

Rodgers and Connor (2003) describe how measurements by remote sounders can be properly compared, taking into account differences in averaging kernels and error covariances. They make the assumption ...
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variance of doubly truncated binomial

I am in need of variance of doubly truncated binomial distribution (equation number 3.69 on page number 137 of third edition of Johnson, Kemp and Kotz Discrete Probability Distributions). Thanks. ...
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Estimating Distribution from Intervals

Say that I get an attendance list of people in a party. From another source I know the minimum and maximum age of each person with a name e.g. "John" must be between 19 and 55 or "Mary" must be at ...
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Efficient scale & shape parameter estimation for generalized secant hyperbolic distribution needed

the (symmetric) generalized secant hyperbolic distribution GSHD is very flexible but I found not much at all on how to estimate its 3 parameters. Given the location, I need to obtain scale & shape ...
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Maximum Likelihood through a noisy channel

I have a random variable $X$, which can take $n$ values and is distributed according to multinomial $\Theta=(\theta_1, \theta_2, \cdots, \theta_n)$. I observe a random variable $Y$, where I have that ...
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Question about using a multiplicative dummy variable

In many econometrics model, the changes in the response variables in certain intervals are more difficult than other intervals. But I believe this is often not considered when estimating the model. ...
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Predicting the impact point of a moving object

Suppose we have a moving object (a horizontal projectile motion as one of the most basic examples). Is there any way to predict where it will hit finally? Please note that I'm looking for a machine ...
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Parameters estimation of non-stationary random process using different runs

Let $X(t)$ be a non-stationary continuous time-dependent random process with a known model but unknown parameters. I'd like to know if it's possible to estimate the parameters of $X(t)$ not by using ...
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Estimating a joint distribution from observed max and min samples

Suppose that you have jointly distributed $N$ (~100) random variables, $\{X_1,\ldots,X_N\}$, and this distribution is unknown to you. However you do know that their sum is zero by construction. Having ...