# Questions tagged [efficiency]

A measure of the quality of a statistical estimator.

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### Difficulty carrying out Automatic Portmanteau Test on R

I'm trying to replicate part of the empirical analysis of the following paper: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23322039.2020.1719574#...
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### For what (symmetric) distributions is sample mean a more efficient estimator than sample median?

I have labored under the belief that the sample median is more robust measure of central tendency than the sample mean, since it ignores outliers. I was therefore surprised to learn (in the answer to ...
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### Asymptotic relative efficiency of median vs mean for Student t distribution

I am looking for a theoretical expression for the ARE of mean and median for student-t distribution against sample size (degree of freedom), exactly the blue curve shown in John Cook's blog. Can ...
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### Vector-valued estimators, intuitively why $var(\widetilde{\beta})-var(\widehat{\beta})$ being p.s.d. means $\widehat{\beta}$ more efficient?

For two scalar unbiased estimators $\widehat{\alpha}$ and $\widetilde{\alpha}$, we know that if one has smaller variance, then we say it is more efficient, which intuitively means that this estimator ...
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### Is $X_{(1)} + X_{(n)}$ a good estimator for $\theta$?

Problem 8.7 From Van der Vaart's Asymptotic Statistics: Given a sample of size $n$ from the uniform distribution on $[0,\theta]$, the maximum $X_{(n)}$ of the observations is biased downwards. ...
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### Deriving C-R inequality from H-C-R bound

As mentioned in the title, I want to derive the Cramer-Rao Lower bound from the Hammersly-Chapman-Robbins lower bound for the variance of a statistic $T$. The statement for the H-C-R lower bound is ...
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### Multinomial logit model with alternative-independent coefficients

Having a multinomial logit model $U_{ij}=x'_{i}\theta_{j} + \epsilon_{ij}$ for 3 alternatives, I checked the efficiency of the estimators of this model through 1000 Monte-Carlo iterations, and ...
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### Which is a better estimator, averaged functions vs. A function of an average?

Problem: Assume that we want to estimate $f(\theta)$ with a pre-specified strictly increasing function $f$ and a parameter $\theta$. Let $\hat{\theta}_1$ and $\hat{\theta}_2$ be unbiased estimators ...
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### In the case of lognormal distribution, when can the median be more efficiently estimated than the mean?

I understand, that in the case of normal distribution, the estimation of the mean (from samples) is more efficient (i.e. of less risk), than the estimation of the median. According e.g. to this post, ...
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### Are GAM suitable for inference?

Are the estimators unbiased efficient and consistent? Or is GAM better for classification and prediction than non additive models? Interaction terms aren’t allowed in GAM.
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### Quantile regression estimator - conditions for consistency and efficiency

What are the conditions for consistency and efficiency of Quantile regression estimator (for example LAD) in a linear regression model?
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Hi, Can someone tell me what is the tradeoff between using OLS and FGLS? I know the conditions under which FGLS is more efficient than OLS. But what about robustness? It is usually said that the ...
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### Does C-efficiency exist? If so, how is it defined?

When using an algorithm to construct an optimal experimental design one has a measurement of optimality to find an optimal design with this optimality-criterion. For any arbitrary chosen design a D- ...
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### What may be an inefficient estimator of the population mean?

If the sample mean is an efficient estimator of the population mean, what may be an example of an inefficient such estimator?
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### What is the difference between BLUE and MVUE?

What is the difference between a Best Linear Unbiased Estimator (BLUE) and a Minimum Variance Unbiased Estimator (MVUE)? I know that "best" mean efficient, but that is also what "minimum variance" ...
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### Are there efficient estimators for the variance of an exponential family?

Let us consider the Gaussian model $\mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^2)$, where both $\mu$ and $\sigma$ are unknown. I have learnt that (for example, from Amari's information geometry book) the exponential ...
Suppose that I have a statistic $T(X)$, and I know for sure that it is not sufficient to estimate a parameter $\theta$. Is it still possible to have an estimator $\hat\theta(T(X))$ that is efficient (...