A COMPARISON OF NONPARAMETRIC ESTIMATORS FOR LENGTH DISTRIBUTION IN LINE SEGMENT PROCESSES

Zbynek Pawlas, Marketa Zikmundova

Abstract

We study nonparametric estimation of the length distribution for stationary line segment processes in the d-dimensional Euclidean space. Several methods have been proposed in the literature. We review different approaches (Horvitz-Thompson type estimator, reduced-sample estimator, Kaplan-Meier estimator, nonparametric maximum likelihood estimator, stochastic restoration estimation) and compare the finite sample behaviour by means of a simulation study for stationary line segment processes in 2D and 3D. Several data generating processes (Poisson point process, Matérn cluster process and Matérn hard-core process II) are considered with both independent and dependent segments. Our finite sample comparison reveals that the nonparametric likelihood estimator provides the most preferable method which works reasonably also if its assumptions are not satisfied. 


Keywords
Horvitz-Thompson estimator; Kaplan-Meier estimator; line segment process; nonparametric maximum likelihood estimator; reduced-sample estimator; SRE algorithm

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DOI: 10.5566/ias.1889

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Image Analysis & Stereology
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