Accession Number : AD0785827

Title :   Sequential Estimation of the Mean of a Negative Binomial Distribution.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CALIF DEPT OF STATISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Binns,Michael

Report Date : 31 JUL 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : A sequential procedure is proposed to estimate the mean of a negative binomial distribution when the value of the exponent (k) is known. An approximation is obtained for the distribution of the estimate from which it may be shown that the precision amounts to having a predetermined coefficient of variation. The effect of imperfect information on k is investigated. Comparisons are made with other procedures including the variance-stabilizing logarithmic transformation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Sampling, *Distribution functions, *Sequential analysis, Estimates, Monte Carlo method, Theorems, Mean

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE