PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

Andrej Pazman and Luc Pronzato
(2005) Technical Report. Luc Pronzato, Sophia Antipolis, France.


We study the consistency and asymptotic normality of the LS estimator of a function $h(\theta)$ of the parameters $\theta$ in a nonlinear regression model with observations $y_i=\eta(x_i,\theta) +\varepsilon _i$, $i=1,2\ldots$ and independent errors $\mve_i$. Optimum experimental design for the estimation of $h(\theta)$ frequently yields singular information matrices, which corresponds to the situation considered here. The difficulties caused by such singular designs are illustrated by a simple example: depending on the true value of the model parameters and on the type of convergence of the sequence of design points $x_1,x_2\ldots$ to the limiting singular design measure $\xi$, the convergence of the estimator of $h(\theta)$ may be slower that $1/\sqrt{n}$, and, when convergence is in $1/\sqrt{n}$ and the estimator is asymptotically normal, its asymptotic variance may differ from that obtained for the limiting design $\xi$ (which we call {\em irregular asymptotic normality} of the estimator). For that reason we focuss our attention on two types of design sequences: those that converge strongly to a discrete measure and those that correspond to sampling randomly from $\xi$. We then give assumptions on the limiting expectation surface of the model and on the estimated function $h$ which, for the designs considered, are sufficient to ensure the regular asymptotic normality of the LS estimator of $h(\theta)$.

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EPrint Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Project Keyword:Project Keyword UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:Theory & Algorithms
ID Code:1137
Deposited By:Luc Pronzato
Deposited On:08 November 2005