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Power analysis and sample sizes: A Binding frontier approach


  • Subrato Banerjee

    (Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi
    Institute of Economic Growth)


I introduce a completely new (non-parametric) approach to determine (satislcing) sample sizes, when dynamic sampling and stopping rules are not feasible, and when no assumption can be made on the underlying (and unknown) distribution(s) that is (are) believed to generate observed experimental data. The method proposed, that relies on the construction of a 'binding function', is shown to be a general solution for a class of problems associated with decision functions that frequently interest (lab and leld) experimental researchers in the areas of economics and psychology.

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  • Subrato Banerjee, 2015. "Power analysis and sample sizes: A Binding frontier approach," Discussion Papers 15-04, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi.
  • Handle: RePEc:alo:isipdp:15-04

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    Sampling theory; Hypothesis testing; Power analysis;
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    JEL classification:

    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C18 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Methodolical Issues: General
    • C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior


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