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### Why are inf and sup used in the definition of minimax estimators?

An estimator $\hat{\delta}$ is minimax iff $$\sup_\theta R(\theta,\hat{\delta})=\inf_\delta\sup_\theta R(\theta,\delta)$$ or in english iff out of all estimators it has the least maximum risk. For ...
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### Do shrinkage estimators solve the Neyman-Scott paradox?

I read the following SE question: What problem do shrinkage methods solve? And I wondered if shrinkage estimators provide a consistent estimator of the sample variance in a "mixed-effects" model using ...
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### Bayesian Estimation: Bernoulli and Quadratic Loss Function

I am trying to understand a solution to this problem (I am a very beginner in Bayesian statistics) and I am terribly confused so I would appreciate it if someone could explain to me how exactly this ...
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### Does the local triangle inequality holds for Kullback-Leibler divergence

Does the local triangle inequality holds for the Kullback-Leibler divergence? For the local triangle inequality, I mean the $$d(\theta', \theta) + d(\theta'', \theta) \geq A d(\theta', \theta'')$$ ...
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### The difference of normal means is also minimax?

Let $X_i \sim N(\xi, \sigma^2)$ and $Y_i \sim N(\eta, \tau^2)$ for known $\sigma^2$ and $\tau^2$. I know that $\bar{X}$ and $\bar{Y}$ are minimax under squared error loss since their variance is ...
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### Convergence rate: $E\|\hat f - f\|^2 = O(\psi_n)$ vs $\|\hat f - f\| = O_p(\psi_n^{1/2})$

I have seen two types of results on convergence rates for some estimator $\hat f$: $E\|\hat f - f\|^2 = O(\psi_n)$ and $\|\hat f - f\| = O_p(\sqrt{\psi_n})$. The first result seems to be stronger, ...
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### Minimax Test for Heterogeneous Gaussian Mean Shifting

For $i=1,…,N$, we have the data $X_i \sim \mathcal{N}( \delta \mu_i, \mu_i^2 )$, where $\mu_i>0$ and they are some unknown nuisance parameters. We want to test if there is a shift of the means, i.e....
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### Finding the minimax estimator

Suppose $x$ comes from a Bernoulli distribution $f(x, \theta) = \theta^{x}(1-\theta)^{1-x}$ where $0 \leq \theta \leq 1$. Now suppose $y$ comes from the same distribution. An estimate for the ...
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### Question about foundations of the uniform shrinkage prior

I am collecting papers about the uniform shrinkage prior for hierarchical Bayesian model. In "A prior for the variance in hierarchical models" of Michael J. Daniels it is stated at the end of page two ...
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### minimax property of sample mean

Suppose $X_1,X_2,\ldots,X_n$ are iid $\mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^2)$, where $\sigma$ is known, but $\mu$ is not. We wish to construct a confidence interval of length $L$ (given) for $\mu$. Is it true that ...
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### Why is the maximum risk of an estimator independent of a prior distribution over the parameter?

One way of choosing an estimator $\delta(x)$ for data $X$ distributed as $P_{\theta}(X)$, where $\theta \in \Theta$ is: $$minimize \sup_{\theta \in \Theta} Risk(\delta(x), \theta)$$ In this case why ...
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### Choose parameters ,such that MSE of an estimator is constant

I have an estimator : $X = (X_1,X_2,...,X_n)$ are iid and have distribution $B(1,\theta)$ $T(X) = X_1 + X_2 + ... + X_n$ I need to find such value of constants $\alpha$ and $\beta$ s.t MSE of ...
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### Space-filling design algorithms from a discrete domain

Given $S = (X_1, \ldots, X_n)$, where each $X_i \in \mathbb{R}^2$, are there algorithms that produce $(X_{(1)}, \ldots, X_{(m)})$, where $m << n$ and the $X_{(i)}$ are sampled from $S$ to fill ...
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### Auxiliary random experiment

This question is from Robert Hogg's Introduction to Mathematical Statistic 6th version exercise 8.5.2 page 461. The question is: Let $X_1, X_2,...,X_{10}$ be a random sample of size 10 from a Poisson ...
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### Bayes Minimax Estimation

Let $S\sim B(n,\theta), l(\theta, a) = (\theta - a)^2,\delta=\bar{X} = S/n,$ and $$\delta^*(S)=\left(S+\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{n}\right)/\left(n+\sqrt{n}\right)$$ where $B(n,\theta)$ is Bernoulli ...
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### Minimax estimators in Bayesian analysis

I got recently introduced to minimax methods in statistical decision theory. Is there an analogue in Bayesian analysis and some resources related to this?
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### Is it possible to use alpha-beta pruning for non-zero-sum games with more than two players?

I have read somewhere that the minimax algorithm can be generalized for more than two players. Imagine that we have 3 players that each of them want to maximize its own answer. Is it possible to use ...
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### Optimizing Hyperparameters with just a Score Function

I'm trying to create artificial intelligence for the popular game "2048" using this page as a reference: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/22342854/what-is-the-optimal-algorithm-for-the-game-2048/...
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### minimax estimator in applications

In the applications, does it really matter if the estimator is minimax or not if, say, we are interested in forecasting and with current non-minimax estimator we have better out-of-sample scores?
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### Detection Theory minimax with non differentiable interior

The minimax is used in detection theory and decision theory for minimizing the overall average risk for the worst case prior.  \min_{\delta} \max_{\pi_0} r(\pi_0,\delta) = \max_{\pi_0} \min_{\delta}...
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### Finding and presenting solution for optimized supplier portfolio

I am trying to find the best solution to create a "model" and presentation of the following challenge: I have several products which shall be bought from as few suppliers as possible. For each ...
Let $X_1,...,X_n$ be independent r.v.'s from the poisson $P(\theta)$ ,$\theta \in (0,\infty)$. and consider loss function $L(\theta ; \delta ) =\frac{[\theta - \delta(x_1,...,x_n)]^2}{\theta}$. then ...