Davies, Paul Lyndon Gather, Ursula Weinert, Henrike
Year of Publication:
Technical Report 2006,24
Nonparametric regression can be considered as a problem of model choice. In this paper we present the results of a simulation study in which several nonparametric regression techniques including wavelets and kernel methods are compared with respect to their behaviour on different test beds. We also include the taut-string method whose aim is not to minimize the distance of an estimator to some ?true? generating function f but to provide a simple adequate approximation to the data. Test beds are situations where a ?true? generating f exists and in this situation it is possible to compare the estimates of f with f itself. The measures of performance we use are the L2 and the L1 norms and the ability to identify peaks.