Reduced-bias versions of a very simple generalization of the ‘classical’ Hill estimator of a positive extreme value index (EVI) are put forward. The Hill estimator can be regarded as the logarithm of the mean-of-order-0 of a certain set of statistics. Instead of such a geometric mean, it is sensible to consider the mean-of-order-p (MOP) of those statistics, with p real. Under a third-order framework, the asymptotic behaviour of the MOP, optimal MOP and associated reduced-bias classes of EVI-estimators is derived. Information on the dominant non-null asymptotic bias is also provided so that we can deal with an asymptotic comparison at optimal levels of some of those classes. Large-scale Monte-Carlo simulation experiments are undertaken to provide finite sample comparisons.
- Bias estimation
- Heavy tails
- Optimal levels
- Semi-parametric reduced-bias estimation
- Statistics of extremes