Inferences about Parameters of Trivariate Normal Distribution with Missing Data Thesis

thesis or dissertation chair

fiu authors

  • Wang, Xing


  • Multivariate normal distribution is commonly encountered in any field, a frequent issue is the missing values in practice. The purpose of this research was to estimate the parameters in three-dimensional covariance permutation-symmetric normal distribution with complete data and all possible patterns of incomplete data. In this study, MLE with missing data were derived, and the properties of the MLE as well as the sampling distributions were obtained. A Monte Carlo simulation study was used to evaluate the performance of the considered estimators for both cases when ρ was known and unknown. All results indicated that, compared to estimators in the case of omitting observations with missing data, the estimators derived in this article led to better performance. Furthermore, when ρ was unknown, using the estimate of ρ would lead to the same conclusion.

publication date

  • July 5, 2013


  • MLE
  • Missing Data
  • Permutation-Symmetric Covariance
  • Trivariate Normal Distribution

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