NAG Library Routine Document
G07EAF computes a rank based (nonparametric) estimate and confidence interval for the location parameter of a single population.
|SUBROUTINE G07EAF (
||METHOD, N, X, CLEVEL, THETA, THETAL, THETAU, ESTCL, WLOWER, WUPPER, WRK, IWRK, IFAIL)
||N, IWRK(3*N), IFAIL
||X(N), CLEVEL, THETA, THETAL, THETAU, ESTCL, WLOWER, WUPPER, WRK(4*N)
Consider a vector of independent observations,
with unknown common symmetric density
. G07EAF computes the Hodges–Lehmann location estimator (see Lehmann (1975)
) of the centre of symmetry
, together with an associated confidence interval. The Hodges–Lehmann estimate is defined as
- if is odd, where ;
- if is even, where .
This estimator arises from inverting the one-sample Wilcoxon signed-rank test statistic,
, for testing the hypothesis that
is a monotonically decreasing step function of
is the solution to the equation
; two methods are available for solving this equation. These methods avoid the computation of all the ordered averages
; this is because for large
both the storage requirements and the computation time would be excessive.
The first is an exact method based on a set partitioning procedure on the set of all ordered averages
. This is based on the algorithm proposed by Monahan (1984)
The second is an iterative algorithm, based on the Illinois method which is a modification of the regula falsi
method, see McKean and Ryan (1977)
. This algorithm has proved suitable for the function
which is asymptotically linear as a function of
The confidence interval limits are also based on the inversion of the Wilcoxon test statistic.
Given a desired percentage for the confidence interval,
, expressed as a proportion between
, initial estimates for the lower and upper confidence limits of the Wilcoxon statistic are found from
is the inverse cumulative Normal distribution function.
are rounded to the nearest integer values. These estimates are then refined using an exact method if
, and a Normal approximation otherwise, to find
. This is the largest value
Let ; then . This is the smallest value such that .
As in the case of , these equations may be solved using either the exact or the iterative methods to find the values and .
Then is the confidence interval for . The confidence interval is thus defined by those values of such that the null hypothesis, , is not rejected by the Wilcoxon signed-rank test at the level.
Lehmann E L (1975) Nonparametrics: Statistical Methods Based on Ranks Holden–Day
Marazzi A (1987) Subroutines for robust estimation of location and scale in ROBETH Cah. Rech. Doc. IUMSP, No. 3 ROB 1 Institut Universitaire de Médecine Sociale et Préventive, Lausanne
McKean J W and Ryan T A (1977) Algorithm 516: An algorithm for obtaining confidence intervals and point estimates based on ranks in the two-sample location problem ACM Trans. Math. Software 10 183–185
Monahan J F (1984) Algorithm 616: Fast computation of the Hodges–Lehman location estimator ACM Trans. Math. Software 10 265–270
- 1: METHOD – CHARACTER(1)Input
: specifies the method to be used.
- The exact algorithm is used.
- The iterative algorithm is used.
- 2: N – INTEGERInput
On entry: , the sample size.
- 3: X(N) – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: the sample observations,
, for .
- 4: CLEVEL – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Input
: the confidence interval desired.
For example, for a confidence interval set .
- 5: THETA – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the estimate of the location, .
- 6: THETAL – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the estimate of the lower limit of the confidence interval, .
- 7: THETAU – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the estimate of the upper limit of the confidence interval, .
- 8: ESTCL – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: an estimate of the actual percentage confidence of the interval found, as a proportion between .
- 9: WLOWER – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the upper value of the Wilcoxon test statistic, , corresponding to the lower limit of the confidence interval.
- 10: WUPPER – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the lower value of the Wilcoxon test statistic, , corresponding to the upper limit of the confidence interval.
- 11: WRK() – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayWorkspace
- 12: IWRK() – INTEGER arrayWorkspace
- 13: IFAIL – INTEGERInput/Output
must be set to
. If you are unfamiliar with this parameter you should refer to Section 3.3
in the Essential Introduction for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value
is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value
is recommended. Otherwise, if you are not familiar with this parameter, the recommended value is
. When the value is used it is essential to test the value of IFAIL on exit.
unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6
6 Error Indicators and Warnings
If on entry
, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by X04AAF
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
|On entry,|| or ,|
There is not enough information to compute a confidence interval since the whole sample consists of identical values.
For at least one of the estimates , and , the underlying iterative algorithm (when ) failed to converge. This is an unlikely exit but the estimate should still be a reasonable approximation.
G07EAF should produce results accurate to five significant figures in the width of the confidence interval; that is the error for any one of the three estimates should be less than .
The time taken increases with the sample size .
The following program calculates a 95% confidence interval for , a measure of symmetry of the sample of observations.
9.1 Program Text
Program Text (g07eafe.f90)
9.2 Program Data
Program Data (g07eafe.d)
9.3 Program Results
Program Results (g07eafe.r)