Research Group "Stochastic Algorithms and Nonparametric Statistics"
Research Seminar "Mathematical Statistics" Summer Semester 2012
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Place: 
WeierstrassInstitute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics


ErhardSchmidtHörsaal, Mohrenstraße 39, 10117
Berlin 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 10.00 a.m.  12.30 p.m. 
11.04.2012 
No Seminar 


18.04.2012 
Paul von Bünau and Franz Kiraly (TU Berlin) 

Stationary subspace analysis and ideal regression 
25.04.2012 
Alois Kneip (Universität Bonn) 
Attention! The seminar will be held in room 406. 
Factor models and variable selection in high dimensional regression
analysis 
02.05.2012 
Johannes SchmidtHieber (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) 
The seminar will be held at WIAS, the room will be announced on arrival. 
Confidence statements for qualitative features in deconvolution 
09.05.2012 
Céline Duval (CREST) 
The seminar will be held at Hausvogteiplatz 11 a, please arrive in time and wait in front of the entrance. 
Adaptive wavelet estimation of a renewal reward process 
16.05.2012 
Jan Johannes (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium) 

Adaptive estimation in function linear Models 
23.05.2012 
Vladimir Spokoiny (WIAS Berlin) 

Bernstein  von Mises theorem for quasiposterior 
30.05.2012 
Prof. Ingo Steinwart (Universität Stuttgart) 

Statistical Learning: Classification, Density Level Estimation, and Clustering 
06.06.2012 
No Seminar 


13.06.2012 
Nicolas Verzelen (INRA, Montpellier) 

Minimax risks for sparse regression: a review 
20.06.2012 
Shujie Ma (University of California, Riverside) 

Simultaneous variable selection and estimation in semiparametric
modeling of longitudinal/clustered data 
27.06.2012 
Thomas Royen (FH Bingen) 

Some exact distributions derived from gamma random variables
including Greenwood's statistic 
04.07.2012 
Cecilia Mancini (University of Florence) 

Spot Volatility Estimation Using Delta Sequences 
11.07.2012 
Hue Wen Teng
(National Central University, Taiwan) 
First Talk:  Implied State Price Densties of Weather Derivatives 

Ngoc Mai Tran (UC Berkeley) 
Second Talk: 
FPCA thoughts on random quantile curves 












last reviewed: Febrary 21, 2012, Christine Schneider
Paul von Bünau and Franz Kiraly (TU Berlin)
Stationary subspace analysis and ideal regression
Abstract:In the rst part of this talk, we introduce Stationary Subspace Analysis (SSA), a sourceseparation
method which linearly factorizes observed data into stationary and nonstationary components.
We present an SSA algorithm for the mean and covariance matrix, discuss conditions for identiability and
our simulation results. In an application to EEG analysis, we demonstrate how SSA reveals meaningful
stationary and nonstationary brain sources.
In the second part of this talk, we present ideal regression, an algebraicgeometric approach to estimating
polynomial relations. Ideal regression is a generalization of classical regression setups. We demonstrate
how to obtain consistent estimators and how to prove properties for these estimators, using techniques
from algebraic geometry. We present a set of possible applications, and show that SSA can be viewed as a
special case of ideal regression, exhibiting an algorithmic estimator which we evaluate in simulations.
(This is joint work with F. Meinecke, D. Bly
Alois Kneip (Universität Bonn)
Factor models and variable selection in high dimensional regression
analysis
Abstract:The paper considers linear regression problems where the number of predictor variables is
possibly larger than the sample size. The basic motivation of the study is to combine the points of view
of model selection and functional regression by using a factor approach: it is assumed that the predictor
vector can be decomposed into a sum of two uncorrelated random components re
ecting common factors
and specic variabilities of the explanatory variables. It is shown that the traditional assumption of
a sparse vector of parameters is restrictive in this context. Common factors may possess a signicant
in
uence on the response variable which cannot be captured by the specic eects of a small number
of individual variables. We therefore propose to include principal components as additional explanatory
variables in an augmented regression model. We give nite sample inequalities for estimates of these
components. It is then shown that model selection procedures can be used to estimate the parameters of
the augmented model, and we derive theoretical properties of the estimators. Finite sample performance
is illustrated by a simulation study.
Johannes SchmidtHieber (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Confidence statements for qualitative features in deconvolution
Abstract:Suppose that we observe data from a deconvolution model, that is, we observe an i.i.d. sample from an unknown distribution under additive noise. In many practical problems the main interest lies not in pointwise reconstruction of the true density but rather in answering qualitative questions, for instance about the number of modes or the regions of increase and decrease. In this talk, we derive multiscale statistics for deconvolution in order to detect qualitative features of the unknown density. Important examples covered within this framework are to test for local monotonicity or local convexity on all scales simultaneously. We investigate the moderately illposed setting, where the Fourier transform of the error density in the deconvolution model is of polynomial decay. Theoretically we derive convergence rates for the distance between the multiscale statistic and a distributionfree approximation and study the power of the constructed tests. In a second part, we illustrate our method by numerical simulations. A major consequence of our work is that the detection of qualitative features of a density in a deconvolution problem is a doable task although the minimax rates for point wise estimation are very slow. This is joint work with Axel Munk (Goettingen) and Lutz Duembgen (Bern).
Céline Duval (CREST)
Adaptive wavelet estimation of a renewal reward process
Abstract:We study the nonparametric estimation of the jump density of a renewal reward process from the discrete observation of one trajectory over [0,T]. We consider the microscopic regime when the sampling rate tends to 0 as T goes to infinity. We propose an adaptive wavelet threshold density estimator and study its performance for the Lp loss, over Besov spaces. The main novelty is that we achieve minimax rates of convergence for sampling rates that vanish with T at arbitrary polynomial rates. First we consider the particular case of a compound Poisson process, where computations are explicit, and then expand the result to renewal reward processes.
Jan Johannes (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
Adaptive estimation in function linear Models
Abstract:We consider the nonparametric estimation of the slope function in functional linear
regression, where scalar responses are modeled in dependence of random functions. The theory in this
presentation covers both the estimation of the slope function or its derivatives (global case) as well as
the estimation of a linear functional of the slope function (local case). We propose an estimator of the
slope function which is based on dimension reduction and additional thresholding. Moreover, replacing
the unknown slope function by this estimator we obtain in the local case a plugin estimator of the
value of linear functional evaluated at the slope. It is shown that in both the global and the local
case these estimators can attain minimax optimal rates of convergence up to a constant. However, the
estimator of the slope function requires an optimal choice of a tuning parameter with regard to certain
characteristics of the slope function and the covariance operator associated with the functional regressor.
As these are unknown in practice, we investigate a fully datadriven choice of the tuning parameter
which combines model selection and Lepski's method. It is inspired by the recent work of Goldenshluger
and Lepski (2011). It is shown that the adaptive estimator with datadriven choice of the dimension
parameter can attain the lower minimax risk bound in the global case up to a constant and in the local
case up to a logarithmic factor, and this over a variety of classes of slope functions and covariance operators.
Vladimir Spokoiny (WIAS Berlin)
Bernstein  von Mises theorem for quasiposterior
Abstract: Bernstein  von Mises Theorem is one of the most remarkable result in Bayesian inference. It claims that under rather weak conditions on the model and on the prior, the posterior distribution is asymptotically close to a normal distribution with the mean at the MLE and the covariance matrix which is inverse of the total Fisher information matrix.This talk extends this result to the situation when the likelihood function is possibly misspecified, the sample size is fixed and does not tend to infinity, and the parameter dimension is large relative to sample size. A further extension to hyperpriors and Bayesian model selection is discussed as well.
Prof. Ingo Steinwart (Universität Stuttgart)
Statistical Learning: Classification, Density Level Estimation, and Clustering
Abstract:The last decade has witnessed an explosion of
data collected from various sources. Since in many
cases these sources do not obey the assumptions of
classical statistical approaches, new automated
tools for interpreting such data have been developed in
the machine learning community. Statistical learning
theory tries to understand the statistical principles
and mechanisms these tools are based on. The talk presents
some developments in this direction
and illustrates how new statistical insights led in turn
to the design of new data analysis tools. In the first part
I will talk about support vector machines for binary classification
and density level set estimation, where the focus
lies on fully automated, adaptive learning methods and the
mathematical theory behind them. The second part
then focuses on (semi)adaptive methods for clustering, where
clusters are defined to be the connected components of some
density level sets. Besides others we discuss adaptive
modifications of the popular DBSCAN clustering algorithm.
Nicolas Verzelen (INRA, Montpellier)
Minimax risks for sparse regression: a review
Abstract:Consider the standard Gaussian linear regression model.
Numerous works have been devoted to building efficient
estimators of the unknown parameter when it dimension p is
much larger than the number of observations n. In such a
situation, a classical approach amounts to assume the parameter is
approximately sparse. In this talk, we will review recent minimax
bounds over classes of ksparse parameter vectors. Such bounds
shed light on the limitations due to highdimensionality.
Interestingly, an elbow effect occurs when the number
k log(p/k) becomes large compared to n. Practical implications
of this phenomenon will also be discussed.
Shujie Ma (University of California, Riverside)
Simultaneous variable selection and estimation in semiparametric
modeling of longitudinal/clustered data
Abstract: We consider the problem of simultaneous variable selection and estimation in additive
partially linear models for longitudinal/clustered data. We propose an estimation procedure via polynomial
splines to estimate the nonparametric components and apply proper penalty functions to achieve sparsity
in the linear part. Under reasonable conditions, we obtain the asymptotic normality of the estimators
for the linear components and the consistency of the estimators for the nonparametric components. We
further demonstrate that, with proper choice of the regularization parameter, the penalized estimators of
the nonzero coecients achieve the asymptotic oracle property. The nite sample behavior of the penali
zed estimators is evaluated with simulation studies and illustrated by a longitudinal CD4 cell count dataset.
Thomas Royen (FH Bingen)
Some exact distributions derived from gamma random variables
including Greenwood's statistic
Abstract: In this lecture the exact distribution of Greenwood's statistic  the square sum of spacings
 is obtained as a special case among several distributions derived from independent gamma random
variables. The exact distributions of the "basicstatistics", i.e. sum of squares, sample variance and
sample coecient of variation are represented by dierent methods as power series, convex combinations
of cumulative gamma distribution functions, several orthogonal series and univariate integrals over well
known transcendental functions. Some results are extended to not identically distributed random variables.
These methods have been used to compute a table with nine 8digitpercentage points of Greenwood's
statistic for sample sizes up to n=100.
Cecilia Mancini (University of Florence)
Spot Volatility Estimation Using Delta Sequences
Abstract:We introduce a class of nonparametric spot volatility estimators based on delta sequences
and conceived to include many of the existing estimators as special cases. The full limit theory with
unevenly sampled observations under inll asymptotics and nite timehorizon is rst derived in the
pure diusive settings. We then extend our class of estimators to include Poisson jumps or nancial
microstructure noise in the observed price process. As a development of our results, we perform an
accurate analysis of the Fourier method by studying the distribution theory of the spot volatility estimator
and by improving the computational aspects of the algorithm. Empirical evidence from the S & P500
stock index futures market is also provided. (This is joint work with Vanessa Mattiussi and Roberto Ren)