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Multiplier Processes in Statistics: A New Multiplier Inequality and Implications

Professor Jon Wellner University of Washington & National University of Singapore

Date:03 April 2019, Wednesday

Location:S16-06-118, Seminar Room

Time:03:00pm - 04:00pm


Multiplier empirical processes have proved to be one of the key unifying themes in modern empirical process theory, with statistical applications including basic symmetrization methods, bootstrap and resampling theory, and analysis of empirical risk minimization procedures. At the heart of the theory of these multiplier processes, a collection of multiplier inequalities provide the basic tools which drive the theoretical developments.

In this talk I will review some of the basic multiplier empirical processes, and explain their importance for a variety of problems in statistics.

I will briefly compare several multiplier inequalities old and new, and then focus on application of a new multiplier inequality, and discuss one particular statistical application concerning convergence rates of least squares estimators (LSE) in regression models with possibly “heavy-tailed” errors. ¬†Particular cases involving sparse linear regression, shape restrictions, and ¬†finite sampling empirical processes will be mentioned briefly.

This talk is based on the University of Washington Ph.D. work of Qiyang (Roy) Han.