=, = (1998) To t or not to t ? [Study Group Report]
Consider an unknown distribution with a symmetric unimodal density and the induced location-scale family. We study confidence intervals for the location parameter based on Student's t-statistic, and we conjecture that the uniform distribution is least favorable in that it leads to confidence intervals that are largest given their coverage probability. This conjecture is supported by an argument based on second order asymptotics in the sample size and on asymptotics in the length of the confidence interval, and by simulation results.
Consequently, our answer to the question in the title of this paper is: "Yes, provided the t-statistic confidence interval is based on the assumption of uniformity of the random variables generating the observations."
|Item Type:||Study Group Report|
|Study Groups:||European Study Group with Industry > ESGI 33 (Leiden, Netherlands, Sep 14-18, 1999)|
|Deposited By:||Dr Kamel Bentahar|
|Deposited On:||12 May 2010 18:50|
|Last Modified:||12 May 2010 18:50|
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