Extensions of Dorfman’s Theory

  • Rui Santos
  • Dinis Pestana
  • João Paulo Martins
Part of the Studies in Theoretical and Applied Statistics book series (STAS)


Economic impact of composite sampling is investigated in the realistic framework of tests with positive probability of false positive and of false negative results. Sensitivity and specificity when pooling samples are also discussed, using rarefaction as a framework.


Compound Test Pool Sample Dilution Effect Simple Test Infected Person 
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The authors thank the referees for their very useful comments. This research has been supported by National Funds through FCT—Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, project PEst-OE/MAT/UI0006/2011, and PTDC/FEDER.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rui Santos
    • 1
  • Dinis Pestana
    • 2
  • João Paulo Martins
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of LeiriaCEAUL — Center of Statistics and Applications of University of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Faculty of Sciences of LisbonUniversity of Lisbon, CEAUL — Center of Statistics and Applications of University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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