Statistics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

1995

Publication Source

Journal of the American Statistical Association

Volume

90

Issue

431

Start Page

880

Last Page

889

DOI

10.1080/01621459.1995.10476587

Abstract

We begin with a decision-theoretic investigation into confidence sets that minimize expected volume at a given parameter value. Such sets are constructed by inverting a family of uniformly most powerful tests, and hence they also enjoy the optimality property of being uniformly most accurate. In addition, these sets possess Bayesian optimal volume properties and represent the first case (to our knowledge) of a frequentist 1 – α confidence set that possesses a Bayesian optimality property. The hypothesis testing problem that generates these sets is similar to that encountered in bioequivalence testing. Our sets are optimal for testing bioequivalence in certain settings; in the case of the normal distribution, the optimal set is a curve known as the limaçon of Pascal. We illustrate the use of these curves with a biopharmaceutical example.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of the American Statistical Association on 27 Feb 2012, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01621459.1995.10476587.

Keywords

Bayes estimation, decision theory, frequentist estimation, hypothesis testing, uniformly most accurate, uniformly most powerful

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017