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Activity Number: 414 - Advances in Estimation Methods
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: SSC
Abstract #327046 Presentation
Title: A Generalization of the Horvitz-Thompson Estimator
Author(s): Alain Theberge*
Keywords: calibration estimators; Godambe-Joshi lower bound; Horvitz-Thompson estimator

In this paper, the Horvitz-Thompson estimator is generalized. The generalized estimator will be useful in the presence of correlation. Since calibration estimation seeks weights that are close to the Horvitz-Thompson weights, it too can be generalized by seeking weights that are close to those of the generalized Horvitz-Thompson estimator. Calibration is known to be optimal, in the sense that it asymptotically attains the Godambe-Joshi lower bound. That lower bound has also been derived under the assumption that no correlation is present. This too, can be generalized to allow for correlation. Generalized calibration asymptotically attains the generalized lower bound. There is often no closed-form formula for the generalized estimators. However, simple explicit examples are given here to illustrate how the generalized estimators take advantage of the correlation. This simplicity is achieved by assuming a correlation of one between some population units. Those simple estimators can still be useful, even if the correlation is smaller than one. Simulation results are used to compare the generalized estimators to the ordinary Horvitz-Thompson estimator.

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