Estimation of Population Total in the Presence of Missing Values Using a Modified Murthy's Estimator...

Oyoo David Odhiambo, Christopher Ouma Onyango

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Estimation of Population Total in the Presence of Missing Values Using a Modified Murthy's Estimator and the Weight Adjustment Technique

Oyoo David Odhiambo1, Christopher Ouma Onyango1,

1Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Kenyatta University-Kenya


Use of Murthy’s method in estimation of population parameters, such as population totals, population means, and population variances has been limited to surveys where survey data values are complete. This study applies weight adjustment technique to estimate a population total under simple random sampling without replacement. The asymptotic properties show that the estimated population total is sufficient for the true population total. The proposed estimator is obtained by symmetrizing Murthy’s estimator.

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  • Odhiambo, Oyoo David, and Christopher Ouma Onyango. "Estimation of Population Total in the Presence of Missing Values Using a Modified Murthy's Estimator and the Weight Adjustment Technique." American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics 2.3 (2014): 163-167.
  • Odhiambo, O. D. , & Onyango, C. O. (2014). Estimation of Population Total in the Presence of Missing Values Using a Modified Murthy's Estimator and the Weight Adjustment Technique. American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 2(3), 163-167.
  • Odhiambo, Oyoo David, and Christopher Ouma Onyango. "Estimation of Population Total in the Presence of Missing Values Using a Modified Murthy's Estimator and the Weight Adjustment Technique." American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics 2, no. 3 (2014): 163-167.

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1. Introduction

In sample surveys, modeling an optimal estimator that best estimates finite population total has been of interest to modern statisticians (Ouma et al., 2010). Estimation methods for some population parameters include, among others, ratio estimation, Horvitzand Thompson estimation, and Yates and Grundy estimation. From these studies, various estimators of population have been obtained. In this paper, we have obtained a new estimator by symmetrizing Murthy’s estimator. We have then estimated finite population total in the presence of missing data using the derived estimator. As a way of correcting the ‘missingness’ of data, weight adjustment method has been used.

1.1 Background of the Problem

In sample surveys, completeness of observed datais one factor that influences inferences made on results of a study. Daroga and Chaudhary (2002) explained that missing data distort validity and reliability of a study. Consequently, variousmethods of correcting missing data have been proposed in sample surveys. Some of the methods include: imputation techniques,partial deletion andresampling (Brewer, 2002, Broemeling,2009). Singh and Solanki (2012) later not only supported Broemeling’sproposal (2009), but also observed that previous studies have not extensively used samples with missing data. This research has, therefore, filled this gap by using a sample with missing values. Singh and Solanki (2012) further observed that previous studies have only focused on ordered sampling procedures. However, not all sets of data are ordered. In filling this gap, this study utilizes Murthy’s estimation method, which involves unordered sampling procedures (Murthy, 1957).

2. Murthy’s Estimation

Murthy's estimator has been used for constructing unbiased estimators of population totals and/or mean from a sample of fixed size. Let be an estimator of population parameter based on the ordered sample (si), Murthy’s estimator for population total is given by


P(s/i) = conditional probability of getting the set of units that was drawn, given that the i-th unit was drawn first.

P(s) = unconditional probability of getting the set of units that was drawn

Consider a random selection of three population units i, j, and k are randomly selected from a population of size N with the corresponding selection probabilities be zi, zj/(1-zi), and zk/(1-zi-zj).

Then we can show that Murthy’s estimator, is unbiased for the population total Y and its variance for n = 2 is given by

Which can be rearranged as follows

3. Proposed Estimator

The proposed estimator is given by

Where weight adjustment of ith unit in group c and an be expressed as

where = population size in group c, = number of units with complete data

3.1. Derivation of the Proposed Estimator

By assuming any two population units and and the corresponding selection probabilities and Shahbaz (2004) modified Murthy’s estimator as

And Shahbaz and Ayesha (2008) symmetrized the partitioned estimator as and given by



Suppose the symmetrization is such that then define as


Equation (1) is only for selecting 2 units. Suppose we consider n units, we get given by


Since the study involves estimating finite population total in the presence of missing data, we apply weighting adjustment to correct the “missingness” of responses. We proceed as follows;

For any population of size N, as , then and That is, for large n, the inclusion probabilities are asymptotically equal and (Cochran 1977)

Using the results for large n and asymptotic value of , equation (2) reduces to


Equations (3) and the proposed estimator are similar if the weighting constant and Our task is therefore to determine the value of

Consider the set and be a set chosen from U.

Define a population of size N as and a sample of size n as .

Let the respective population and sample totals be

And the corresponding population and sample means are given by

Since is unbiased for it follows that N and hence the estimator of population is

3.2. Weighting Adjustment

Suppose the population can be classified to form k groups based on auxiliary information Using the definition of S above, let us partition S as

Using the k classes, there exists partitions U1, U2, ……… , Uk such that ,

Let be the set containing identified numbers of responding units in class c (i.e with no missing information).

Let the sizes of Uc, Sc, and are Nc, nc, and mc respectively, then by letting mc> 1, we have

Consider any class c (c = 1, 2, …..k), mc is used to represent nc. This implies that each of the mc units has a weight of

Let be a study observation with an identification number i in class c. If we define

And from equation (4), can be estimated by That is,

Then, for known Nc,


Equation (6) implies that a sample of size mc is used to represent a population of size Nc. The overall adjusted estimator can thus be written as


Where And can be expressed as = w1.w2, where w1 = is the base weight in class c and w2 = is the non-response adjusted weight in class c.

4. Properties of the Proposed Estimator

4.1. Unbiasedness

Define a vector so that


Hence the estimator is unbiased.

4.2. Variance of the Proposed Estimator

Since the nature of sampling makes the entire sampling procedure analogous to Simple Random Sampling (SRS). Suppose we consider one of the classes and use a sample of size mc to estimate parameters in a population of size Nc, we can apply the procedures in SRS to derive this variance.

Since is unbiased for it follows that

Recall: (Cochran, 1977)






which on simplification gives,

and this simplifies to,

Hence, where, Thus,



But in SRS, sample variance () is unbiased for population variance (). Where

Therefore, overall variance of the estimator is

4.3. Consistency of the Proposed Estimator

Consider the proposed estimator and finite population total . A sequence of point estimators is said to be weakly consistent for if converges in probability to

That is,

Proof: By Chebychev’s inequality, for every .

Taking limits as the right hand side .

Hence, which is the necessary and sufficient condition for consistency.

4.4. Bias of the Proposed Estimator

From equation (8), we assume that Nc () is known. Suppose that Nc is not known, we need to estimate Nc and consequently a new Suppose the classification is such that the subpopulation ratio is equal to That is, sampling distribution of is centered on


Replacing equation (10) in equation (7), we have


And consequently becomes


We can thus obtain Bias () instead of Bias ()

Bias since is constant. (Cochran, 1977)


But from previous workings,


From equations (6) and (7)


Substituting (14) and (15) in equation (13) and simplifying, we obtain


Clearly, Bias () vanishes if

4.5. Expected Mean Squared Error (MSE) of the Proposed Estimator



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