Title

Bias Reduction Via Resampling for Estimation Following Sequential Tests

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1997

Abstract

It is well known that maximum likelihood (ML) estimation results in biased estimates when estimating parameters following a sequential test. Existing bias correction methods rely on explicit calculations of the bias that are often difficult to derive. We suggest a simple alternative to the existing methods. The new approach relies on approximating the bias of the estimate using a bootstrap method. It requires bootstrapping the sequential testing process by resampling observations from a distribution based on the ML estimate. Each bootstrap process will give a new ML estimate, and the corresponding bootstrap mean can be used to calibrate the estimate. An advantage of the new method over the existing methods is that the same procedure can be used under different stopping rules and different study designs. Simulation results suggest that this method performs competitively with existing methods.

Discipline

Economics

Research Areas

Econometrics

Publication

Sequential Analysis

Volume

16

Issue

3

First Page

249

Last Page

267

ISSN

0747-4946

Identifier

10.1080/07474949708836386

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07474949708836386

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