This paper deals with the estimation of the mean of a spatial population. Under a design-based approach to inference, an estimator assisted by a penalized spline regression model is proposed and studied. Proof that the estimator is design-consistent and has a normal limiting distribution is provided. A simulation study is carried out to investigate the performance of the new estimator and its variance estimator, in terms of relative bias, efficiency, and confidence interval coverage rate. The results show that gains in efficiency over standard estimators in classical sampling theory may be impressive. .

Model assisted estimation of a spatial population mean

CICCHITELLI, Giuseppe;MONTANARI, Giorgio Eduardo
2012

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This paper deals with the estimation of the mean of a spatial population. Under a design-based approach to inference, an estimator assisted by a penalized spline regression model is proposed and studied. Proof that the estimator is design-consistent and has a normal limiting distribution is provided. A simulation study is carried out to investigate the performance of the new estimator and its variance estimator, in terms of relative bias, efficiency, and confidence interval coverage rate. The results show that gains in efficiency over standard estimators in classical sampling theory may be impressive. .
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