Statistics and Its Interface
Volume 4 (2011)
Nonparametric regression with discrete covariate and missing values
Pages: 463 – 474
We consider nonparametric regression with a mixture of continuous and discrete explanatory variables where realizations of the response variable may be missing. An imputation based nonparametric regression estimator is proposed. We show that the proposed approach leads to a leading order variance benefit, whereas smoothing the categorical variables gives a second order variance improvement. We also demonstrate the applications of the proposed approach through numerical simulations and two practical examples.
nonparametric regression, discrete kernel smoothing, imputation, missing values, variance reduction
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification
Primary 62G08. Secondary 62G20.