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Novak, S. Y. (2014)
Publisher: Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Mathematics - Statistics Theory, heavy-tailed distribution, lower bounds
Identifiers:doi:10.3150/13-BEJ512
The paper suggests a simple method of deriving minimax lower bounds to the accuracy of statistical inference on heavy tails. A well-known result by Hall and Welsh (Ann. Statist. 12 (1984) 1079–1084) states that if $\hat{\alpha}_{n}$ is an estimator of the tail index $\alpha_{P}$ and $\{z_{n}\}$ is a sequence of positive numbers such that $\sup_{P\in\mathcal{D}_{r}}\mathbb{P}(|\hat{\alpha}_{n}-\alpha_{P}|\ge z_{n})\to0$, where $\mathcal{D}_{r}$ is a certain class of heavy-tailed distributions, then $z_{n}\gg n^{-r}$. The paper presents a non-asymptotic lower bound to the probabilities $\mathbb{P}(|\hat{\alpha}_{n}-\alpha_{P}|\ge z_{n})$. We also establish non-uniform lower bounds to the accuracy of tail constant and extreme quantiles estimation. The results reveal that normalising sequences of robust estimators should depend in a specific way on the tail index and the tail constant.