New important developments in small area estimation

Pfeffermann, Danny (2010) New important developments in small area estimation , Southampton, GB Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute 35pp. (S3RI Methodology Working Papers, M10/11).


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The purpose of this paper is to review and discuss some of the new important developments in small area estimation (SAE) methods. Rao (2003) wrote a very comprehensive book, which covers all the main developments in this topic until that time and so the focus of this review is on new developments in the last 7 years. However, to make the review more self contained, I also repeat shortly some of the older developments. The review covers both design based and model-dependent methods with emphasis on the prediction of the area target quantities and the assessment of the prediction error. The style of the paper is similar to the style of my previous review on SAE published in 2002, explaining the new problems investigated and describing the proposed solutions, but without dwelling on theoretical details, which can be found in the original articles. I am hoping that this paper will be useful both to researchers who like to learn more on the research carried out in SAE and to practitioners who might be interested in the application of the new methods.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords: benchmarking, calibration, confidence intervals, errors in variables, fence method, Informative sampling, matching priors, M-quantiles, Ordered means, Outliers, Prediction MSE, Spline, Two part model
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28 September 2010Published
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2010 13:21
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 03:42
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