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Density parameter estimation of skewed α-stable distributions

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1 Author(s)
Kuruoglu, E.E. ; Istituto di Elaborazione dell''Inf., CNR, Pisa, Italy

Over the last few years, there has been a great interest in α-stable distributions for modeling impulsive data. As a critical step in modeling with α-stable distributions, the problem of estimating the parameters of stable distributions have been addressed by several works in the literature. However, many of these works consider only the special case of symmetric stable random variables. This is an important restriction, however, since most real-life signals are skewed. The existing techniques on estimating skewed distribution parameters are either computationally too expensive, require lookup tables, or have poor convergence properties. We introduce three novel classes of estimators for the parameters of general stable distributions, which are generalizations of the methods previously suggested for parameter estimation of symmetric stable distributions. These estimators exploit expressions we develop for fractional lower order, negative order, and logarithmic moments and tail statistics. We also introduce simple transformations that allow one to use existing symmetric stable parameter estimation techniques. Techniques suggested in this paper provide the only closed-form solutions we are aware of for parameters that may be efficiently computed. Simulation results show that at least one of our new estimators has better performance than the existing techniques over most of the parameter space. Furthermore, our techniques require substantially less computation

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Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 10 )

Date of Publication:

Oct 2001

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