Estimation of Weibull Shape Parameter by Shrinkage Towards an Interval Under Failure Censored Sampling

Authors: Housila P. Singh, Sharad Saxena, Jack Allen, Sarjinder Singh, Florentin Smarandache

This paper is speculated to propose a class of shrinkage estimators for shape parameter β in failure censored samples from two-parameter Weibull distribution when some 'apriori' or guessed interval containing the parameter β is available in addition to sample information and analyses their properties. Some estimators are generated from the proposed class and compared with the minimum mean squared error (MMSE) estimator. Numerical computations in terms of percent relative efficiency and absolute relative bias indicate that certain of these estimators substantially improve the MMSE estimator in some guessed interval of the parameter space of β, especially for censored samples with small sizes. Subsequently, a modified class of shrinkage estimators is proposed with its properties.

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[v1] 6 Mar 2010

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