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Unbiased invariant minimum norm estimation in generalized growth curve model


  • Wu, Xiaoyong
  • Zou, Guohua
  • Chen, Jianwei


This paper considers the generalized growth curve model subject to R(Xm)[subset, double equals]R(Xm-1)[subset, double equals]...[subset, double equals]R(X1), where Bi are the matrices of unknown regression coefficients, Xi,Zi and U are known covariate matrices, i=1,2,...,m, and splits into a number of independently and identically distributed subvectors with mean zero and unknown covariance matrix [Sigma]. An unbiased invariant minimum norm quadratic estimator (MINQE(U,I)) of tr(C[Sigma]) is derived and the conditions for its optimality under the minimum variance criterion are investigated. The necessary and sufficient conditions for MINQE(U,I) of tr(C[Sigma]) to be a uniformly minimum variance invariant quadratic unbiased estimator (UMVIQUE) are obtained. An unbiased invariant minimum norm quadratic plus linear estimator (MINQLE(U,I)) of is also given. To compare with the existing maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) of tr(C[Sigma]), we conduct some simulation studies which show that our proposed estimator performs very well.

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  • Wu, Xiaoyong & Zou, Guohua & Chen, Jianwei, 2006. "Unbiased invariant minimum norm estimation in generalized growth curve model," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 97(8), pages 1718-1741, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmvana:v:97:y:2006:i:8:p:1718-1741

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    1. von Rosen, Dietrich, 1989. "Maximum likelihood estimators in multivariate linear normal models," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 187-200, November.
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    1. Wu, Xiaoyong & Zou, Guohua & Li, Yingfu, 2009. "Uniformly minimum variance nonnegative quadratic unbiased estimation in a generalized growth curve model," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 100(5), pages 1061-1072, May.


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