By Adrian W Bowman, Adelchi Azzalini

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Three density estimates have been produced in Fig. 1. In each case the same smoothing parameter was used, but in one of the estimates nearest neighbour weights were used, and in another these weights were calculated on a square root scale. 7, in order to allow comparisons to be made. The main effect of the variable weights is to allow the density estimate to peak more sharply. This peak is more pronounced for the nearest neighbour weights, corresponding to a pilot density estimate /. The square root scale offers a more modest modification which has some backing from the theory of Abramson (1982).

This is very close to the normal optimal value and so the resulting estimate is very similar to that displayed in Fig. 1. 3), and so it can be wise to employ plotting, in addition to a numerical algorithm, to locate the minimising smoothing parameter. 34 INFERENCE FOR DENSITIES Marron (1993) recommends using the smoothing parameter corresponding to the local minimum at the largest value of h. Techniques known as biased cross-validation (Scott and Terrell 1987) and smoothed cross-validation (Hall et al.

Of the estimates produced so far from the tephra data, the variable bandwidth approach displayed in Fig. 1 seems the most effective choice for these data. It is an advantage of the cross-validatory approach that its general definition allows it to be applied in a wide range of settings. It can, for example, be applied to the choice of the overall smoothing parameter h in the variable bandwidth form hi = hdk(yi). The general computational form of the cross-validation function, using normal kernels, is given at the end of this section.