semiparametric statistics

semiparametric statistics

[sem′ē·par′ə·met′rik]
Etymology: L, semi, half + Gk, para, to, at, or from the side of + metron, measure
statistical methodology that combines both parametric and nonparametric elements. It is used for estimating population parameters when a function is unknown, e.g., the distribution function of a random variable that has not been observed.