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Activity Number: 629 - Advanced Topics in Statistics Education
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 3, 2017 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #324961 View Presentation
Title: Can Unbiased Estimators Be Absurd?
Author(s): Ahern Nelson* and Christopher Campbell and Jonathan Grant
Companies: and Metropolitan State University of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver
Keywords: Unbiased Estimators ; Unbiased ; Absurdity ; Estimator

We present an undesirable quality of estimators which we shall call potential absurdity. We will show that even if an estimator is unbiased, it does not prevent that estimator from producing estimates that are absurd, i.e., not in the parameter space. Several examples and potential corrections will be discussed. Future directions include quantifying the extent of the absurdity and incorporating such potential absurdities in undergraduate texts.

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