Comparisons of Estimators of Small Proportion under Group Testing Thesis

thesis or dissertation chair

fiu authors

  • Wei, Xing


  • Binomial group testing has been long recognized as an efficient method of estimating proportion of subjects with a specific characteristic. The method is superior to the classic maximum likelihood estimator (MLE), particularly when the proportion is small. Under the group testing model, we assume the testing is conducted without error. In the present research, a new Bayes estimator will be proposed that utilizes an additional piece of information, the proportion to be estimated is small and within a given range. It is observed that with the appropriate choice of the hyper-parameter our new Bayes estimator has smaller mean squared error (MSE) than the classic MLE, Burrows estimator, and the existing Bayes estimator. Furthermore, on the basis of heavy Monte Carlo simulation we have determined the best hyper-parameters in the sense that the corresponding new Bayes estimator has the smallest MSE. A table of these best hyper-parameters is made for proportions within the considered range.

publication date

  • July 2, 2015


  • Bayes Estimator
  • Burrows' Estimator
  • Group Testing
  • MLE
  • Relative Bias
  • Relative Efficiency

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