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Optimal-order bounds on the rate of convergence to normality for maximum likelihood estimators

Research paper by Iosif Pinelis

Indexed on: 10 Jan '16Published on: 10 Jan '16Published in: Mathematics - Statistics



Abstract

It is well known that under general regularity conditions the distribution of the maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) is asymptotically normal. Very recently, bounds of the optimal order $O(1/\sqrt n)$ on the closeness of the distribution of the MLE to normality in the so-called bounded Wasserstein distance were obtained, where $n$ is the sample size. However, the corresponding bounds on the Kolmogorov distance were only of the order $O(1/n^{1/4})$. In this note, bounds of the optimal order $O(1/\sqrt n)$ on the closeness of the distribution of the MLE to normality in the Kolmogorov distance are given, as well as their nonuniform counterparts, which work better for large deviations of the MLE. These results are based on previously obtained general optimal-order bounds on the rate of convergence to normality in the multivariate delta method. The crucial observation is that, under natural conditions, the MLE can be tightly enough bracketed between two smooth enough functions of the sum of independent random vectors, which makes the delta method applicable.