This paper continues work presented in B¨ohning et al. (2002b, Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics 54, 827–839, henceforth BMSRB) where a class of non-iterative estimators of the variance of the heterogeneity distribution for the standardized mortality ratio was discussed. Here, these estimators are further investigated by means of a simulation study. In addition, iterative estimators including the Clayton–Kaldor procedure as well as the pseudo-maximum-likelihood (PML) approach are added in the comparison. Among all candidates, the PML estimator often has the smallest mean square error, followed by the non-iterative estimator where the weights are proportional to the external expected counts. This confirms the theoretical result in BMSRB in which an asymptotic efficiency could be proved for this estimator (in the class of non-iterative estimators considered). Surprisingly, the Clayton–Kaldor iterative estimator (often recommended and used by practitioners) performed poorly with respect to the MSE. Given the widespread use of these estimators in disease mapping, medical surveillance, meta-analysis and other areas of public health, the results of this study might be of considerable interest.

A comparison of non-iterative and iterative estimators of heterogeneity variance for the standardized mortality ratio / Boehning D; Sarol J; Rattanasiri S; Viwatwongkasem C; Biggeri A. - In: BIOSTATISTICS. - ISSN 1465-4644. - STAMPA. - 1(2004), pp. 61-74.

A comparison of non-iterative and iterative estimators of heterogeneity variance for the standardized mortality ratio

BIGGERI, ANNIBALE
2004

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This paper continues work presented in B¨ohning et al. (2002b, Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics 54, 827–839, henceforth BMSRB) where a class of non-iterative estimators of the variance of the heterogeneity distribution for the standardized mortality ratio was discussed. Here, these estimators are further investigated by means of a simulation study. In addition, iterative estimators including the Clayton–Kaldor procedure as well as the pseudo-maximum-likelihood (PML) approach are added in the comparison. Among all candidates, the PML estimator often has the smallest mean square error, followed by the non-iterative estimator where the weights are proportional to the external expected counts. This confirms the theoretical result in BMSRB in which an asymptotic efficiency could be proved for this estimator (in the class of non-iterative estimators considered). Surprisingly, the Clayton–Kaldor iterative estimator (often recommended and used by practitioners) performed poorly with respect to the MSE. Given the widespread use of these estimators in disease mapping, medical surveillance, meta-analysis and other areas of public health, the results of this study might be of considerable interest.
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