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Robustness of Maximum Correntropy Estimation Against Large Outliers

Abstract · Mar 23, 2017 13:41 ·

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Arxiv Abstract

  • Badong Chen
  • Lei Xing
  • Haiquan Zhao
  • Bin Xu
  • Jose C. Principe

The maximum correntropy criterion (MCC) has recently been successfully applied in robust regression, classification and adaptive filtering, where the correntropy is maximized instead of minimizing the well-known mean square error (MSE) to improve the robustness with respect to outliers (or impulsive noises). Considerable efforts have been devoted to develop various robust adaptive algorithms under MCC, but so far little insight has been gained as to how the optimal solution will be affected by outliers. In this work, we study this problem in the context of parameter estimation for a simple linear errors-in-variables (EIV) model where all variables are scalar. Under certain conditions, we derive an upper bound on the absolute value of the estimation error and show that the optimal solution under MCC can be very close to the true value of the unknown parameter even with outliers (whose values can be arbitrarily large) in both input and output variables. An illustrative example is presented to verify and clarify the theory.

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