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The CRLB states that under some mild regularity assumptions about the conditional density function p X | Y ( x | y ) , the variance of any unbiased estimator is bounded from below by the inverse of the I ( y * ) [link] , [link] , [link] . Recall that an unbiased estimator is any estimator Y ^ that satisfies E [ Y ^ ] = y * . The CRLB tells us is that

var ( Y ^ ) 1 I ( y * ) .

If Y is a vector-valued quantity, then the expected negative Hessian matrix(matrix of partial second derivatives) of the log-likelihood function is called the Fisher Information Matrix (FIM), and a similar inequality tells us that the varianceof each component of any unbiased estimator of y * is bounded below by the corresponding diagonal element of the inverse of the FIM.Since the MSE of an unbiased estimator is equal to its variance, we see that the CRLB provides a very useful lower bound on the best MSEperformance that we can hope to achieve. Thus, the CRLB is often used as a comparison point for evaluating estimators. It may or may not bepossible to achieve the CRLB, but if we find a decision rule that does, we know that it also minimizes the MSE risk among all possibleunbiased estimators. In general, it may be difficult to compute the CRLB, but in certain important cases it is possible to findclosed-form or computational solutions.

Bayesian decision theory

Bayesian Decision Theory provides a formal system for integrating prior knowledge and observed observations. Forthe purposes of illustration we will focus on problems involving continuous variables and observations, but extensions to discretecases are straightforward (simple replace probability densities with probability mass functions, and integrals with summations). The keyelements of Bayesian methods are:

  1. a prior probability density function p Y ( y ) describing a priori knowledge of probable states for the quantity Y ;
  2. the likelihood function p X | Y ( x | y ) , as described above;
  3. the posterior density function p Y | X ( y | x ) .

The posterior density is a function of the prior and likelihood, obtained according to Bayes rule:

p Y | X ( y | x ) = p X | Y ( x | y ) p Y ( y ) p X | Y ( x | y ) p Y ( y ) d y .

The posterior is an indicator of probable values for Y , based on the prior knowledge and the observation. Several options exist for deriving a specific estimateof Y using the posterior. The mean value of the posterior density is one common choice (commonly called the posterior mean ). The posterior mean is the decision rule that minimizes the expectedsquared error loss (MSE risk) function. The value y where the posterior density is maximized is another popular estimator (commonlycalled the Maximum A Posteriori (MAP) estimator). Note that the denominator of the posterior is independent of y , so the MAP estimator is simply the maximizer of the product of the likelihood andthe prior. Therefore, if the prior is a constant function, the MAP estimator and MLE coincide.

Statistical learning

In all of the methods described above, we assumed some amount of knowledge about the distributions of the observation X and quantity of interest Y . Such knowledge can come from a careful analysis of the physical characteristics of the problem at hand, or it can begleaned from previous experience. However, there are situations where it is difficult to model the physics of the problem and we may nothave enough experience to develop complete and accurate probability models. In such cases, it is natural to adopt a statistical learning approach [link] , [link] .

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
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How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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