[R] How to get a point estimate from the studentized bootstrap?
A.Robinson at ms.unimelb.edu.au
Thu Jun 14 02:47:03 CEST 2007
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I'm puzzling over how to interpret or use some bootstrap intervals. I
think that I know what I should do, but I want to check with
knowledgeable people first!
I'm using a studentized non-parametric bootstrap to estimate 95%
confidence intervals for three parameters. I estimate the variance of
the bootstrap replicates using another bootstrap. The script takes
some hours to run, but I am happy to send it if it will help. Also I
am happy to send the boot object if that will help.
In the following object, I am interested in the values 1, 3, and 5.
The estimated variances are in 2, 4, and 6.
The boot object looks like:
ORDINARY NONPARAMETRIC BOOTSTRAP
boot(data = err.outer, statistic = boot.fn.outer, R = R.outer, tis =
tis, tfs = tfs, length.err = length.err, length.tis = length.tis,
t0 = t0, tp = tp, start.outer = params, max.iter = max.iter,
pc.ayl = pc.ayl, R.for.sd = R.for.sd)
Bootstrap Statistics :
original bias std. error
t1* 0.62777511 1.898159e+00 8.003005e-01
t2* 0.04067475 1.854990e+00 2.916056e+01
t3* 1.97228885 -3.842986e+00 8.611901e+01
t4* 0.11418095 1.485597e+06 3.321892e+07
t5* 1.44261201 7.520929e-01 5.081878e-01
t6* 0.02751659 1.727005e-01 1.216163e-01
and the 95% CI is
> boot.ci(boot.outer, type=c("stud", "norm", "basic"), index=1:2)
BOOTSTRAP CONFIDENCE INTERVAL CALCULATIONS
Based on 500 bootstrap replicates
boot.ci(boot.out = boot.outer, type = c("stud", "norm", "basic"),
index = 1:2)
Level Normal Basic Studentized
95% (-2.8389, 0.2982 ) (-2.7692, 0.2462 ) (-1.4258, 0.5107 )
Calculations and Intervals on Original Scale
Note that the original estimate is 0.628 and the bias-corrected
estimate is -1.27. The diagnostic graphs show no evidence to suggest
any problems with the assumptions.
My question is: if I am willing to believe in the studentized
interval, but I want a point estimate as well, then what should I use
as the point estimate?
Intuitively I think that I should just use the middle of the
studentized interval. Is that correct, or at least defensible?
Best wishes to all,
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