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5), let A be the event “the apparatus fails”, which has P(A) = ε, and A its complement. We are assuming that our observation x has distribution G conditional on A and H conditional on A. Then by the total probability rule F(t) = P(x ≤ t) = P(x ≤ t|A )P(A ) + P(x ≤ t|A)P(A) = G(t)(1 − ε) + H (t)ε. If G and H have densities g and h, respectively, then F has density f = (1 − ε)g + εh. 1— atypical values are not necessarily due to erroneous measurements: they simply reflect an unknown change in the measurement conditions in the case of physical measurements, or more generally the behavior of a sub-population of the data.

In this case we define μ = x0 = Med(x). Besides being intuitively plausible, this definition can be justified by a limit argument. Let the n data values be different, and let m of them tend to x0 . 64) is x0 . 6). Hence the efficiency of μ does not depend on that of σ . In Chapter 3 it will be seen, however, that its robustness does depend on that of σ . 66) JWBK076-02 JWBK076-Maronna February 16, 2006 18:7 Char Count= 0 38 LOCATION AND SCALE where u i has density f 0 , and hence xi has density f (x) = x −μ .

This family contains all degrees of heavy-tailedness. When ν → ∞, f ν tends to the standard normal density; for ν = 1 we have the Cauchy distribution. 10, denoted by N, T4 and CN respectively. To make comparisons more clear, the three distributions are normalized to have the same interquartile range. 2), then x is N(μ, σ 2 /n). 57σ 2 /n), so the sample median has a 57% increase in variance relative to the sample mean. We say that the median has a low efficiency at the normal distribution. On the other hand, assume that 95% of our observations are well behaved, represented by G = N(μ, 1), but that 5% of the times the measuring system gives an erratic result, represented by a normal distribution with the same mean but a 10-fold increase in the standard deviation.

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