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A note on improving the efficiency of inverse probability weighted estimator using the augmentation term

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  • Han, Peisong
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    The augmented inverse probability weighted (AIPW) estimator employing the optimal augmentation term is more efficient than the inverse probability weighted (IPW) estimator. However, the AIPW estimator could lose substantial efficiency compared to the IPW estimator when the optimal augmentation term is incorrectly modeled. We propose a modified AIPW (MAIPW) estimator by adapting Tan’s (2010b) “tilde” estimator, which was proposed for structural models, for regression models with missing data. When the missing mechanism is correctly modeled, the proposed MAIPW estimator is more efficient than the IPW estimator, and is more efficient than the AIPW estimator using the same augmentation term, except when the augmentation term is a correct model for the optimal one, in which case both MAIPW and AIPW estimators attain the semiparametric efficiency bound, thus are equally efficient. In addition, like the AIPW estimator, the MAIPW estimator is doubly robust. Through simulation experiments, we compare numerical performances of the MAIPW estimator and some other estimators that attempt to improve efficiency upon the IPW estimator.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Statistics & Probability Letters.

    Volume (Year): 82 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 12 ()
    Pages: 2221-2228

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:stapro:v:82:y:2012:i:12:p:2221-2228
    DOI: 10.1016/j.spl.2012.08.005
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