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Oracally efficient estimation for dense functional data with holiday effects

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Existing functional data analysis literature has mostly overlooked data with spikes in mean, such as weekly sporting goods sales by a salesperson which spikes around holidays. For such functional data, two-step estimation procedures are formulated for the population mean function and holiday effect parameters, which correspond to the population sales curve and the spikes in sales during holiday times. The estimators are based on spline smoothing for individual trajectories using non-holiday observations, and are shown to be oracally efficient in the sense that both the mean function and holiday effects are estimated as efficiently as if all individual trajectories were known a priori. Consequently, an asymptotic simultaneous confidence band is established for the mean function and confidence intervals for holiday effects, respectively. Two sample extensions are also formulated and simulation experiments provide strong evidence that corroborates the asymptotic theory. Application to sporting goods sales data has led to a number of new discoveries.

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This research was supported in part by National Natural Science Foundation of China Awards 11371272 and 11771240, and the Tsinghua University Center for Data-Centric Management in the Department of Industrial Engineering. Part of the research was carried out when the first author was a visitor at the Department of Statistics, Texas A & M University. The first author thanks the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for providing financial support to visit Texas A & M University. The helpful comments from Editor-in-Chief Lola Ugarte, an Associate Editor and two Reviewers are gratefully acknowledged.

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Cai, L., Li, L., Huang, S. et al. Oracally efficient estimation for dense functional data with holiday effects. TEST 29, 282–306 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11749-019-00655-5

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  • B-spline
  • Dummy variables
  • Functional data
  • Holiday effects
  • Oracle efficiency
  • Simultaneous confidence band

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  • 62G08
  • 62P20