A robust estimator for a wide family of mixtures of linear regression is presented. Robustness is basedon the joint adoption of the cluster weighted model and of an estimator based on trimming and restrictions. The selected model provides the conditional distribution of the response for each group, as in mixtures of regression, and further supplies local distributions for the explanatory variables. A novel version of the restrictions has been devised, under this model, for separately controlling the two sources of variability identified in it. This proposal avoids singularities in thelog-likelihood, caused by approximate local collinearity in the explanatory variables or local exact fits in regressions, and reduces the occurrence of spurious local maximizers. In a natural way, due to the interaction between the model and the estimator, the procedure is able to resist the harmful influence of bad leverage points along the estimation ofthe mixture of regressions, which is still an open issue in the literature. The given methodology defines a well-posed statistical problem, whose estimator exists and is consistentto the corresponding solution of the population optimum, under widely general conditions. A feasible EM algorithm has also been provided to obtain the corresponding estimation.Many simulated examples and two real datasets have been chosen to show the ability of the procedure, on the onehand, to detect anomalous data, and, on the other hand, to identify the real cluster regressions without the influence of contamination.
|Titolo:||Robust estimation of mixtures of regressions with random covariates, via trimming and constraints|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|