Date of Award

5-9-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Yichuan Zhao

Second Advisor

Jing Zhang

Third Advisor

Xin Qi

Abstract

The use of doubly robust estimators is a key for estimating the population mean response in the presence of incomplete data. Cao et al. (2009) proposed an alternative doubly robust estimator which exhibits strong performance compared to existing estimation methods. In this thesis, we apply the jackknife empirical likelihood, the jackknife empirical likelihood with nuisance parameters, the profile empirical likelihood, and an empirical likelihood method based on the influence function to make an inference for the population mean. We use these methods to construct confidence intervals for the population mean, and compare the coverage probabilities and interval lengths using both the ``usual'' doubly robust estimator and the alternative estimator proposed by Cao et al. (2009). An extensive simulation study is carried out to compare the different methods. Finally, the proposed methods are applied to two real data sets.

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