A statistical estimator obtained as a result of the application of the notion of a minimax statistical procedure in the problem of statistical estimation.
Example 1. Let a random variable be subject to the binomial law with parameters and , where , , is unknown. The statistic
is a minimax estimator for the parameter with respect to the loss function
Example 2. Let be independent random variables subject to the same probability law, with a continuous probability density , , . The Pitman estimator
is a minimax estimator for the unknown shift parameter relative to the loss function , where are the order statistics (cf. Order statistic) obtained from the sample and . In particular, if , then .
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