Kernel estimation provides a nonparametric estimate of the probability density function from which a set of data is drawn. This article proposes a method to choose a reference density in bandwidth calculation for kernel estimator using line transect sampling. The method based on testing the shoulder condition, if the shoulder condition seems to be valid using as reference the half normal density, while if the shoulder condition does not seem to be valid, we will use exponential reference density. Accordingly, the performances of the resultant estimator are studied under a wide range of underlying models using simulation techniques. The results demonstrate the improvements that can be obtained by applying this technique.
Eidous, Omar M.
"Some Improvements in Kernel Estimation Using Line Transect Sampling,"
Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods: Vol. 3
, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jmasm/vol3/iss1/15