Bias of the Maximum Likelihood Estimators of the Two-Parameter Gamma Distribution Revisited
AbstractWe consider the quality of the maximum likelihood estimators for the parameters of the two-parameter gamma distribution in small samples. We show that the methodology suggested by Cox and Snell (1968) can be used very easily to bias-adjust these estimators. A simulation study shows that this analytic correction is frequently much more effective than bias-adjusting using the bootstrap – generally by an order of magnitude in percentage terms. The two bias-correction methods considered result in increased variability in small samples, and the original estimators and their bias-corrected counterparts all have similar percentage mean squared errors.
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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 23 Sep 2009
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Maximum likelihood estimator; bias reduction; gamma distribution;
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