Local polynomial kernel regression for generalized linear models and quasi-likelihood functions

Jianqing Fan, Nancy E. Heckman, M. P. Wand

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We investigate the extension of the nonparametric regression technique of local polynomial fitting with a kernel weight to generalized linear models and quasi-likelihood contexts. In the ordinary regression case, local polynomial fitting has been seen to have several appealing features in terms of intuitive and mathematical simplicity. One noteworthy feature is the better performance near the boundaries compared to the traditional kernel regression estimators. These properties are shown to carry over to generalized linear model and quasi-likelihood settings. We also derive the asymptotic distributions of the proposed class of estimators that allow for straightforward interpretation and extensions of state-of-the-art bandwidth selection methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-150
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Statistical Association
Issue number429
StatePublished - Mar 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


  • Bandwidth
  • Boundary effects
  • Local likelihood
  • Logistic regression
  • Nonparametric regression
  • Poisson regression


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