WIAS Preprint No. 1766, (2013)

A new perspective on the Propagation-Separation Approach: Taking advantage of the propagation condition


  • Becker, Saskia
  • Mathé, Peter
    ORCID: 0000-0002-1208-1421

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 62G05


  • Structural adaptive smoothing, Propagation, Separation, Local likelihood, Exponential families


The Propagation-Separation approach is an iterative procedure for pointwise estimation of local constant and local polynomial functions. The estimator is defined as a weighted mean of the observations with data-driven weights. Within homogeneous regions it ensures a similar behavior as non-adaptive smoothing (propagation), while avoiding smoothing among distinct regions (separation). In order to enable a proof of stability of estimates, the authors of the original study introduced an additional memory step aggregating the estimators of the successive iteration steps. Here, we study theoretical properties of the simplified algorithm, where the memory step is omitted. In particular, we introduce a new strategy for the choice of the adaptation parameter yielding propagation and stability for local constant functions with sharp discontinuities.

Appeared in

  • Electron. J. Stat., 7 (2013) pp. 2702--2736.

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