Leeb, Hannes and Pötscher, Benedikt M. (2005): Can One Estimate the Unconditional Distribution of Post-Model-Selection Estimators ?
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We consider the problem of estimating the unconditional distribution of a post-model-selection estimator. The notion of a post-model-selection estimator here refers to the combined procedure resulting from first selecting a model (e.g., by a model selection criterion like AIC or by a hypothesis testing procedure) and then estimating the parameters in the selected model (e.g., by least-squares or maximum likelihood), all based on the same data set. We show that it is impossible to estimate the unconditional distribution with reasonable accuracy even asymptotically. In particular, we show that no estimator for this distribution can be uniformly consistent (not even locally). This follows as a corollary to (local) minimax lower bounds on the performance of estimators for the distribution; performance is here measured by the probability that the estimation error exceeds a given threshold. These lower bounds are shown to approach 1/2 or even 1 in large samples, depending on the situation considered. Similar impossibility results are also obtained for the distribution of linear functions (e.g., predictors) of the post-model-selection estimator.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Can One Estimate the Unconditional Distribution of Post-Model-Selection Estimators ?|
|Keywords:||Inference after model selection; Post-model-selection estimator; Pre-test estimator; Selection of regressors; Akaike's information criterion AIC; Thresholding; Model uncertainty; Consistency; Uniform consistency; Lower risk bound|
|Subjects:||C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C5 - Econometric Modeling > C51 - Model Construction and Estimation
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C2 - Single Equation Models; Single Variables > C20 - General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C12 - Hypothesis Testing: General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C13 - Estimation: General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C5 - Econometric Modeling > C52 - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
|Depositing User:||Benedikt Poetscher|
|Date Deposited:||24. Feb 2007|
|Last Modified:||17. Feb 2013 19:42|
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