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elliptical distributions; floating body; scatter halfspace depth; Tukey depth
Scatter halfspace depth is a statistical tool that allows one to quantify the fitness of a candidate covariance matrix with respect to the scatter structure of a probability distribution. The depth enables simultaneous robust estimation of location and scatter, and nonparametric inference on these. A handful of remarks on the definition and the properties of the scatter halfspace depth are provided. It is argued that the currently used notion of this depth is well suited especially for symmetric random vectors. The scatter halfspace depth closely relates to an appropriate distance of matrix-generated ellipsoids from an upper level set of the (location) halfspace depth function. Several modifications and extensions to the scatter halfspace depth are considered, with their theoretical properties outlined.
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