Liu, W., Hayter, A.J., Piegorsch, W.W. and Ah-Kine, P.
Comparison of hyperbolic and constant width simultaneous confidence bands in multiple linear regression under MVCS criterion. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 13pp.
(Methodology Working Papers, M08/08).
A simultaneous confidence band provides useful information on the plausible range of the unknown regression model, and different confidence bands can often be constructed for the same regression model. For a simple regression line, Liu and Hayter (2007) propose use of the area of the confidence set corresponding to a confidence band as an optimality criterion in comparison of confidence bands; the smaller the area of the confidence set, the better the corresponding confidence band. This minimum area confidence set (MACS) criterion can be
generalized to a minimum volume confidence set (MVCS) criterion in the study of confidence bands for a multiple linear regression model. In this paper hyperbolic and constant width confidence bands for a multiple linear regression model over a particular ellipsoidal region of the predictor variables are compared under the MVCS criterion. It is observed that whether one band is better than the other depends on the magnitude of one particular angle that determines the size of the predictor variable region. When the angle and so the size of the predictor variable region is small, the constant width band is better than the hyperbolic band but only marginally. When the angle and so the size of the predictor variable region is large the hyperbolic band can be substantially better than the constant width band.
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