volume 5, issue 1, P197-236 1999
DOI: 10.1017/s1357321700000428
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R.J. Thomson

Abstract: Parametric graduation may fail to achieve satisfactory results without overparameterisation. Whittaker-Henderson graduation tends to constrain the graduated values towards a low-order polynomial. Non-parametric methods do not generally make direct use of true likelihood functions. This paper suggests a method of enhancing the likelihood of a parametric graduation by means of non-parametric methods, thus reducing the disadvantages of both methods.The parametric graduation is taken to be ideally smooth by defin…

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