# Estimation of a probability in inverse binomial sampling under normalized linear-linear and inverse-linear loss

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• Luis Mendo

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## Abstract

Sequential estimation of the success probability p in inverse binomial sampling is considered in this paper. For any estimator $\hat{p}$ , its quality is measured by the risk associated with normalized loss functions of linear-linear or inverse-linear form. These functions are possibly asymmetric, with arbitrary slope parameters a and b for $\hat{p}> p$ and $\hat{p}> p$ , respectively. Interest in these functions is motivated by their significance and potential uses, which are briefly discussed. Estimators are given for which the risk has an asymptotic value as p→0, and which guarantee that, for any p∈(0,1), the risk is lower than its asymptotic value. This allows selecting the required number of successes, r, to meet a prescribed quality irrespective of the unknown p. In addition, the proposed estimators are shown to be approximately minimax when a/b does not deviate too much from 1, and asymptotically minimax as r→∞ when a=b. Copyright Sociedad de Estadística e Investigación Operativa 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal TEST.

Volume (Year): 21 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 656-675

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Handle: RePEc:spr:testjl:v:21:y:2012:i:4:p:656-675

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## Related research

Keywords: Sequential estimation; Point estimator; Inverse binomial sampling; Asymmetric loss function; 62L12; 62F12;

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