Neural networks and statistical inference: Seeking robust and efficient learning

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Semiparametric statistical inference concepts are briefly reviewed and applied to artificial neural networks. We deal with asymptotic efficiency and robustness aspects of learning, two properties which represent key factors for the quality of the estimates that statisticians obtain. In particular, the accuracy of the estimates in the presence of outlying observations is an important goal since it is a well-known fact that between efficiency and robustness one seeks the best compromise. With that scope in mind, we analyze possible ways of building up net architectures without relying on strong assumptions about the functional components in the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-454
Number of pages12
JournalComputational Statistics and Data Analysis
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jan 28 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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