This functions evaluates the smoothing parameter which is asymptotically optimal for estimating a density function when the underlying distribution is Normal. Data in one, two or three dimensions can be handled.
a vector, or matrix with two or three columns, containing the data.
an optional vector of integer values which allows the kernel functions over the observations to take different weights when they are averaged to produce a density estimate. This is useful, in particular, for censored data and to construct an estimate from binned data.
See Section 2.4.2 of the reference below.
the value of the asymptotically optimal smoothing parameter for Normal case.
As from version 2.1 of the package, a similar effect can be
obtained with the new function
method="normal", weights=weights) or simply
Users are encouraged to adopt this route, since
hnorm might be
not accessible directly in future releases of the package.
Bowman, A.W. and Azzalini, A. (1997). Applied Smoothing Techniques for Data Analysis: the Kernel Approach with S-Plus Illustrations. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
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