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Econometrics: On the Non-Asymptotic Properties of Regularized M-estimators

Demian Pouzo, UC Berkeley
Thursday, September 21, 2017
2:30-4:00 PM
301 Lorch Hall Map
We propose a general framework for regularization in M-estimation problems under time dependent (absolutely regular-mixing) data which encompasses many of the existing estimators. We derive non-asymptotic concentration bounds for the regularized M-estimator. Our results exhibit a variance-bias trade-off, with the variance term being governed by a novel measure of the complexity of the parameter set. We also show that the mixing structure affect the variance term by scaling the number of observations; depending on the decay rate of the mixing coefficients, this scaling can even affect the asymptotic behavior. Finally, we propose a data-driven method for choosing the tuning parameters of the regularized estimator which yield the same (up to constants) concentration bound as one that optimally balances the (squared) bias and variance terms. We illustrate the results with several canonical examples.
Building: Lorch Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Economics, seminar
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