When does the Tukey median work?

21 Jan 2020  ·  Banghua Zhu, Jiantao Jiao, Jacob Steinhardt ·

We analyze the performance of the Tukey median estimator under total variation (TV) distance corruptions. Previous results show that under Huber's additive corruption model, the breakdown point is 1/3 for high-dimensional halfspace-symmetric distributions... We show that under TV corruptions, the breakdown point reduces to 1/4 for the same set of distributions. We also show that a certain projection algorithm can attain the optimal breakdown point of 1/2. Both the Tukey median estimator and the projection algorithm achieve sample complexity linear in dimension. read more

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