A Framework for Estimation of Convex Functions
Tony Cai and Mark Low
A benchmark is provided for the mean squared error of any estimate for each convex function in the same way that Fisher Information depends on the unknown parameter in a regular parametric model. A local modulus of continuity is introduced and is shown to capture the difficulty of estimating individual convex functions. A fully data-driven estimator is proposed and is shown to perform uniformly within a constant factor of the ideal benchmark for every convex function. Such an estimator is thus adaptive to every unknown function instead of to a collection of function classes as is typical in the nonparametric function estimation literature.
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Adaptive confidence intervals for regression functions under shape constraints.
The Annals of Statistics 42, 722-750.