Accession Number:

ADA080387

Title:

Minimax Stopping Rules When the Underlying Distribution is Uniform

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF STATISTICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-10-25

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

An invariance-based method of obtaining the minimax stopping rule when sampling from an unknown uniform distribution is presented and applied to two problems, maximizing the probability of selecting the smallest observation and minimizing the expected quantile of the observation selected. In the first problem the minimax rules use only the relative ranks of the observations in the second they are shown to achieve asymptotic risk. Except for a few small values of the sample size the minimax rules are the formal Bayes rules with respect to an improper a priori density whose a posteriori density given the first two observations is proper.

Subject Categories:

  • Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE