Abstract: The scheme of doubly type-II censored sampling is an important method of obtaining data in lifetime studies. Statistical analysis of life time distributions under this censoring scheme is based on precise lifetime data. However, some collected lifetime data might be imprecise and are represented in the form of fuzzy numbers. This paper deals with the prob lem of estimating the scale parameter of Rayleigh distribution under doubly type-II censoring scheme when the lifetime observations are fuzzy and are assumed to be related to underlying crisp realization of a random sample. We propose a new method to determine the maximum likelihood estimate of the parameter of interest. The asymptotic variance of the ML estimate is then derived by using the missing information principle. Their performance is then assessed through Monte Carlo simulations. Finally, an illustrative example with real data concerning 25 ball bearings in a life test is presented.
Abstract: Latent class analysis (LCA) is a popular method for analyzing multiple categorical outcomes. Given the potential for LCA model assump tions to influence inference, model diagnostics are a particulary important part of LCA. We suggest using the rate of missing information as an addi tional diagnostic tool. The rate of missing information gives an indication of the amount of information missing as a result of observing multiple sur rogates in place of the underlying latent variable of interest and provides a measure of how confident one can be in the model results. Simulation studies and real data examples are presented to explore the usefulness of the proposed measure.