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Combining kernel estimators in the uniform deconvolution problem


  • Bert van Es

    1. Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam, P.O. Box 94248, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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We construct a density estimator and an estimator of the distribution function in the uniform deconvolution model. The estimators are based on inversion formulas and kernel estimators of the density of the observations and its derivative. Initially the inversions yield two different estimators of the density and two estimators of the distribution function. We construct asymptotically optimal convex combinations of these two estimators. We also derive pointwise asymptotic normality of the resulting estimators, the pointwise asymptotic biases and an expansion of the mean integrated squared error of the density estimator. It turns out that the pointwise limit distribution of the density estimator is the same as the pointwise limit distribution of the density estimator introduced by Groeneboom and Jongbloed (Neerlandica, 57, 2003, 136), a kernel smoothed nonparametric maximum likelihood estimator of the distribution function.