This paper reviews minimax best equivariant estimation in three invariant estimation problems: a location parameter, a scale parameter and a (Wishart) covariance matrix. We briefly review development of the best equivariant estimator as a generalized Bayes estimator relative to right invariant Haar measure in each case. Then we prove minimaxity of the best equivariant procedure by giving a least favorable prior sequence based on non-truncated Gaussian distributions. The results in this paper are all known, but we bring a fresh and somewhat unified approach by using, in contrast to most proofs in the literature, a smooth sequence of non truncated priors. This approach leads to some simplifications in the minimaxity proofs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistics and Probability
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
- Applied Mathematics
- Least favorable prior