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AuthorMcLeish, D. L. author
TitleThe Theory and Applications of Statistical Inference Functions [electronic resource] / by D. L. McLeish, Christopher G. Small
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York, 1988
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Descript VI, 124 p. online resource


This monograph arose out of a desire to develop an approach to statistical inferยญ ence that would be both comprehensive in its treatment of statistical principles and sufficiently powerful to be applicable to a variety of important practical problems. In the latter category, the problems of inference for stochastic processes (which arise comยญ monly in engineering and biological applications) come to mind. Classes of estimating functions seem to be promising in this respect. The monograph examines some of the consequences of extending standard concepts of ancillarity, sufficiency and completeยญ ness into this setting. The reader should note that the development is mathematically "mature" in its use of Hilbert space methods but not, we believe, mathematically difficult. This is in keeping with our desire to construct a theory that is rich in statistical tools for inferยญ ence without the difficulties found in modern developments, such as likelihood analysis of stochastic processes or higher order methods, to name but two. The fundamental notions of orthogonality and projection are accessible to a good undergraduate or beginning graduate student. We hope that the monograph will serve the purpose of enriching the methods available to statisticians of various interests


1: Introduction -- 2: The Space of Inference Functions: Ancillarity, Sufficiency and Projection -- 2.1 Basic definitions -- 2.2 Projections and product sets -- 2.3 Ancillarity, sufficiency and projection for the one-parameter model -- 2.4 Local concepts of ancillarity and sufficiency -- 2.5 Second order ancillarity and sufficiency -- 2.6 Parametrization invariance of local constructions -- 2.7 Background development -- 3: Selecting an Inference Function for 1-Parameter Models -- 3.1 Linearization of inference functions -- 3.2 Adjustments to reduce curvature -- 3.3 Reducing the number of roots -- 3.4 Median adjustment -- 3.5 Approximate normal inference functions -- 3.6 Background development -- 4: Nuisance Parameters -- 4.1 Eliminating nuisance parameters by invariance -- 4.2 Eliminating nuisance parameters by conditioning -- 4.3 Inference for models involving obstructing nuisance parameters -- 4.4 Background details -- 5: Inference under Restrictions -- 5.1 Linear models -- 5.2 Censoring, grouping and truncation -- 5.3 Errors in observations -- 5.4 Backgound details -- 6: Inference for Stochastic Processes -- 6.1 Linear inference functions -- 6.2 Joint estimation in multiparameter models -- 6.3 Martingale inference functions -- 6.4 Applications in spatial statistics -- 6.5 Background details -- References

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