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Unformatted text preview: 1 EXAMPLES OF CONFIDENCE INTERVALS Lecture 24 ORIE3500/5500 Summer2009 Chen Class Today • Interval Estimation (cont.) Two sided confidence intervals These are of the form I ( X 1 ,...,X n ) = ( ˆ θ l , ˆ θ u ) , where ˆ θ l and ˆ θ u are two statistics, denoting the lower and upper bounds of the interval. One uses two sided confidence intervals when there is no strong preference to bound the parameter of interest on a particular side, but, a general interest to know where θ is. 1 Examples of Confidence Intervals The crux of the story is that in order to find a confidence interval for any parameter, find a reasonable estimator for the parameter. Modify this esti mator (rescale or relocate, usually involving the parameter) to get a statistic with a distribution without the parameter and then find the upper and lower bound of the parameter using the quantiles of the distribution. Let us see the examples. Example ( σ is known, twosided CI for μ ) Suppose X 1 ,...,X n are i.i.d. N ( μ,σ 2 ) random variables and we want find a 1 α level confidence interval for μ . We know that ¯ X n is a reasonable estimator of μ . To find a confidence interval for μ we need to find the distribution of ¯ X n , and we have that information as well, ¯ X n μ σ/ √ n ∼ N (0...
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