Facultade de Fisioterapia

Comment on ‘An improved score interval with a modified midpoint for a binomial proportion

Álvarez Hernández, María; Andrés, A.M.
Abstract:
Yu et al. [An improved score interval with a modified midpoint for a binomial proportion. J Stat Comput Simul. 2014;84:1022–1038] propose a novel confidence interval (CI) for a binomial proportion by modifying the midpoint of the score interval. This CI is competitive with the various commonly used methods. At the same time, Martín and Álvarez [Two-tailed asymptotic inferences for a proportion. J Appl Stat. 2014;41:1516–1529] analyse the performance of 29 asymptotic two-tailed CI for a proportion. The CI they selected is based on the arcsin transformation (when this is applied to the data increased by 0.5), although they also refer to the good behaviour of the classical methods of score and Agresti and Coull (which may be preferred in certain circumstances). The aim of this commentary is to compare the four methods referred to previously. The conclusion (for the classic error α of 5%) is that with a small sample size (≤80) the method that should be used is that of Yu et al.; for a large sample size (n ≥ 100), the four methods perform in a similar way, with a slight advantage for the Agresti and Coull method. In any case the Agresti and Coull method does not perform badly and tends to be conservative. The program which determines these four intervals are available from the address http://www.ugr.es/local/bioest/Z_LINEAR_K.EXEhttp://www.ugr.es/local/bioest/Z_LINEAR_K.EXE.
Year:
2016
Type of Publication:
Article
Journal:
Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation
Volume:
86
Number:
2
Pages:
388-393
Month:
January
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1080/00949655.2015.1015128
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