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Title: Robust penalized estimators for functional linear regression Authors:  Stefan Van Aelst - University of Leuven (Belgium) [presenting]
Ioannis Kalogridis - KU Leuven (Belgium)
Abstract: Functional data analysis is a fast-evolving branch of statistics, but estimation procedures for the popular functional linear model either suffer from a lack of robustness or are computationally burdensome. To address these shortcomings, a flexible family of penalized lower-rank estimators based on a bounded loss function is proposed. The proposed class of estimators is shown to be consistent and can attain high rates of convergence with respect to prediction error under weak regularity conditions. These results can be generalized to higher dimensions under similar assumptions. The finite-sample performance of the proposed family of estimators is investigated by a Monte-Carlo study which shows that these estimators reach high efficiency while offering protection against outliers. The proposed estimators compare favourably to existing robust as well as non-robust approaches. The good performance of our method is also illustrated on a real complex dataset.