With reference to Example 9.7, show that if the losses are proportional to the squared errors instead of their absolute values, the risk function becomes
And its minimum is at k = 3/2.
Example 9.7
A random variable has the uniform density
And we want to estimate the parameter θ (the “move” of Nature) on the basis of a single observation. If the decision function is to be of the form d(x) = kx, where k ≥ 1, and the losses are proportional to the absolute value of the errors, that is,
L(kx,θ) = c|kx – θ|
Where c is a positive constant, find the value of k that will minimize the risk.

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