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Paper IDD6-S6-T3.2
Paper Title Mean-Squared Accuracy of Good-Turing Estimator
Authors Maciej Skorski, Maciej Skorski, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Session D6-S6-T3: Density Estimation
Chaired Session: Monday, 19 July, 23:40 - 00:00
Engagement Session: Tuesday, 20 July, 00:00 - 00:20
Abstract The brilliant method due to Good and Turing allows for estimating objects not occurring in a sample. The problem, known under names "sample coverage" or "missing mass" goes back to their cryptographic work during WWII, but over years has found has many applications, including language modeling, inference in ecology and estimation of distribution properties. This work characterizes the maximal mean-squared error of the Good-Turing estimator, for any sample \emph{and} alphabet size.