Smooth Nonparametric Quantile Estimation under Censoring: Simulations and Bootstrap Methods.
SOUTH CAROLINA UNIV COLUMBIA DEPT OF STATISTICS
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The objectives of this paper are two-fold. One is to report results of extensive Monte Carlo simulations which demonstrate the behavior of the mean squared error of the kernel estimator with respect to bandwidth. These simulations provide a method of choosing an optimal bandwidth when the form of the lifetime and censoring distributions are known. Also, they compare the kernel-type estimator with the product-limit qauntile estimator. Five commonly used parametric lifetime distributions, two censoring mechanisms, and four different kernel functions are considered in this study, which is an extension of the brief simulations for exponential distributions reported by Padgett 1986. The second objective is to present a nonparametric method for bandwidth selection based on the bootstrap for right-censored data. This data-based procedure used the bootstrap to estimate mean squared error, and is both an extension and modification of the methods proposed by Padgett. Bandwidth selection using the bootstrap is important for small and moderately large samples since no exact expressions exist for the mean squared error of the kernel-type quantile estimator.
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