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Paper   IPM / M / 17636
School of Mathematics
  Title:   Nonparametric estimation of mean residual lifetime in ranked set sampling with a concomitant variable
  Author(s):  Ehsan Zamanzade (Joint with M. Mahdizadeh and H.Samawi )
  Status:   To Appear
  Journal: J. Appl. Statist.
  Supported by:  IPM
The mean residual lifetime (MRL) of a unit is its expected additional lifetime provided that it has survived until time t. The MRL estimation problem has been frequently addressed in the literature since it has wide applications in statistics, reliability and survival analysis. In this paper, we consider the problem of estimating the MRL in ranked set sampling when actual quantifications of a concomitant variable are available. To exploit the additional information of the concomitant variable, we introduce several MRL estimators based on some regression techniques. We then compare them with the standard MRL estimator in simple random sampling using Monte Carlo simulation and a real dataset from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. Our results indicate the superiority of the procedures that we have developed when the quality of ranking is fairly good.

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