• Norbert Schmitz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Statistics book series (LNS, volume 79)


In ”classical” mathematical statistics one assumes that a statistical decision (e.g. point estimator for a parameter, test of hypotheses, curve estimator, confidence interval for a parameter, etc.) has to be made on the basis of a fixed number n of observed values x 1,…, x n — large parts of the corresponding theory may be found in the books by Lehmann [Le], Bickel/Doksum [B/D] or Witting [Wi1], [Wi2]. For many practical applications this is just the description of the situation the statistician is confronted with: After the observations have been made the investigator shows up with his data and asks for advice on how to analyze them.


Decision Procedure Sampling Plan Statistical Decision Sequential Procedure Defective Item 
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    Proceeding in this way the statistician at the same time reaches a new ”position” within the statistical investigation: While in classical statistics he often has to try to make the best from data which have been collected without consulting him, he now has influence on the pattern (the sampling rules and the final sample size) of the experiment.Google Scholar
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    [y] denotes the smallest integer ≥ y and u α/2 is the α/2-quantile of the N(0, l)-distribution.Google Scholar
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    This situation will be called ”iid case”.Google Scholar
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    Exceptions arise in ”open ended tests” in which infinite samples are accepted for one hypothesis (e.g. for the superior drug).Google Scholar
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    Dr. K.-H. Eger (TH Chemnitz, Germany) has computed these values by using the algorithm contained in his book [Eg]; for computational reasons he used pi = 0,90016837105.Google Scholar
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    All these values have been computed by Dr. Marion Harenbrock (Institut für Mathematische Statistik der Univ. Münster)Google Scholar
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    The index M will be omitted when there is no possibility of misunderstanding.Google Scholar
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    To avoid further terminological complications we assume the same set M for all stages; (external) restrictions will be regarded when defining sampling plans.Google Scholar
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    [x] describes the largest integer ≤ x.Google Scholar
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    ”0” corresponds to the decision ”no further observation”.Google Scholar
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    a1,…,ao):=().Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norbert Schmitz
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  1. 1.Institut für Mathematische StatistikWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität MünsterMünster/W.Germany

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