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We propose a flexible class of skew-symmetric distributions for which the probability density function has the form of a product of a symmetric density and a skewing function. By constructing an enumerable dense subset of skewing functions on a compact set, we are able to consider a family of distributions, which can capture skewness, heavy tails and(More)
We develop an efficient estimation procedure for identifying and estimating the central subspace. Using a new way of parameterization, we convert the problem of identifying the central subspace to the problem of estimating a finite dimensional parameter in a semiparametric model. This conversion allows us to derive an efficient estimator which reaches the(More)
We consider a class of generalized skew-normal distributions that is useful for selection modeling and robustness analysis and derive a class of semiparametric estimators for the location and scale parameters of the central part of the model. We show that these estimators are consistent and asymptotically normal. We present the semiparametric efficiency(More)
We study generalized linear latent variable models without requiring a distributional assumption of the latent variables. Using a geometric approach, we derive consistent semiparametric estimators. We demonstrate that these models have a property which is similar to that of a sufficient complete statistic, which enables us to simplify the estimating(More)
Summarizing the effect of many covariates through a few linear combinations is an effective way of reducing covariate dimension and is the backbone of (sufficient) dimension reduction. Because the replacement of high-dimensional covariates by low-dimensional linear combinations is performed with a minimum assumption on the specific regression form, it(More)