Estimation and confidence intervals for empirical mixing distributions

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Questions regarding collections of parameter estimates can frequently be expressed in terms of an empirical mixing distribution (EMD). This report discusses empirical Bayes estimation of an EMD, with emphasis on the construction of interval estimates. Estimation of the EMD is accomplished by substitution of estimates of prior parameters in the posterior mean of the EMD. This procedure is examined in a parametric model (the normal-normal mixture) and in a semi-parametric model. In both cases, the empirical Bayes bootstrap of Laird and Louis (1987, Journal of the American Statistical Association 82, 739-757) is used to assess the variability of the estimated EMD arising from the estimation of prior parameters. The proposed methods are applied to a meta-analysis of population trend estimates for groups of birds.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Estimation and confidence intervals for empirical mixing distributions
Series title Biometrics
Volume 51
Issue 3
Year Published 1995
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 810-821
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Biometrics
First page 810
Last page 821
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