Pötscher, Benedikt M. and Leeb, Hannes (2007): On the distribution of penalized maximum likelihood estimators: The LASSO, SCAD, and thresholding.
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We study the distributions of the LASSO, SCAD, and thresholding estimators, in finite samples and in the large-sample limit. The asymptotic distributions are derived for both the case where the estimators are tuned to perform consistent model selection and for the case where the estimators are tuned to perform conservative model selection. Our findings complement those of Knight and Fu (2000) and Fan and Li (2001). We show that the distributions are typically highly nonnormal regardless of how the estimator is tuned, and that this property persists in large samples. An impossibility result regarding estimation of the estimators' distribution function is also provided.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||University of Vienna|
|Original Title:||On the distribution of penalized maximum likelihood estimators: The LASSO, SCAD, and thresholding.|
|Keywords:||Penalized maximum likelihood; LASSO; SCAD; thresholding; post-model-selection estimator; finite-sample distribution; asymptotic distribution; estimation of distribution; uniform consistency|
|Subjects:||C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C13 - Estimation: General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C2 - Single Equation Models ; Single Variables
|Depositing User:||Benedikt Poetscher|
|Date Deposited:||06. Nov 2007|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 19:13|
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