# Basic question on the definition of the Fisher information

Fisher information for sample $x$ in experiment $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, P_\theta)$ is defined as $$Var \left[\nabla_{\theta}\ell(\theta, x) \right] = \mathbb{E}\left[[\nabla_{\theta} \ell(\theta, x)] [\nabla_{\theta}\ell(\theta, x)]^T\right]$$ where $\ell(\theta, x) = \log(f(x|\theta)$.

I do not understand how this definition is applied to a very basic and well known example: Let $x \sim U(0,\theta)$. In this case the probability density of $x$ is $$f(x_i|\theta) = \begin{cases} \frac{1}{\theta} & x\in [0, \theta]\\ 0 & \text{otherwise} \end{cases}$$

It looks to me that the density it is not differentiable with respect to $\theta$ at $\theta = x$ , consequently $\nabla_{\theta}\ell(\theta, x)$ is not defined for $\theta = x$.

I know this is a very basic example, but for some reason I couldn't find a full derivation of fisher information for this case, all I see is the stated result that it is $\frac{1}{\theta^2}$.

I would appreciate anyone pointing out to what do I miss here... Thanks!

• However, the information is not particularly meaningful in the Uniform context: for instance, the information brought by an n-sample is $n^2$ the information brought by a 1-sample, the information is not the variance of the score, does not appear in a second order approximation to the log-likelihood since the MLE does not cancel the derivative, &tc. – Xi'an Jan 25 at 15:21