# Month: October 2012

## Minimax Lower Bounds using the Total Variation Divergence

Remember that we have supposed two hypothesis $latex {\left\{ f_{0},f_{1}\right\} }&fg=000000$ elements of $latex {\mathcal{F}}&fg=000000$. Denote $latex {P_{0}}&fg=000000$ and $latex {P_{1}}&fg=000000$ two probability measures under $latex {(\mathcal{X},\mathcal{A})}&fg=000000$ under $latex {f_{0}}&fg=000000$ and $latex {f_{1}}&fg=000000$ respectively. If $latex {P_{0}}&fg=000000$ and $latex {P_{1}}&fg=000000$ are very “close”, then it is hard to distinguish $latex {f_{0}}&fg=000000$ and $latex {f_{1}}&fg=000000$ and …

## A first minimax lower bound in the two hypothesis scenario

Photos of  Johann Radon and Otto Nikodym. Sources: Apprendre les Mathématiques and Wikipedia. Consider the simplest case, $latex {M=1}&fg=000000$ with two hypothesis $latex {\{f_{1},f_{2}\}}&fg=000000$ belonging to $latex {\mathcal{F}}&fg=000000$. According to the last post, we need only to find lower bounds for the minimax probability of error $latex {p_{e,1}}&fg=000000$. Today, we will find a bound using …

## A general reduction scheme for minimax lower bounds

In the last publication, we defined a minimax lower bound as $latex \displaystyle \mathcal{R}^{*}\geq cs_{n} &fg=000000$ where $latex {\mathcal{R}^{*}\triangleq\inf_{\hat{f}}\sup_{f\in\mathcal{F}}\mathbb E\left[d^{2}(\hat{f}_{n},f)\right]}&fg=000000$ and $latex {s_{n}\rightarrow0}&fg=000000$. The big issue with this definition is to take the supremum over a massive set $latex {\mathcal{F}}&fg=000000$ and then the infimum over all the possible estimators of $latex {f}&fg=000000$.

## Introduction to Minimax Lower Bounds

In my most recent research, I’m working on finding “Minimax Lower Bounds” for some kind of estimators. Therefore,  to learn a little more and get my ideas clear, I’ll going to start a series of posts about the topic. I pretend to make some review in the general method and introduce some bounds depending on …