elnormAltCensored {EnvStats}  R Documentation 
Estimate the mean and coefficient of variation of a lognormal distribution given a sample of data that has been subjected to Type I censoring, and optionally construct a confidence interval for the mean.
elnormAltCensored(x, censored, method = "mle", censoring.side = "left",
ci = FALSE, ci.method = "profile.likelihood", ci.type = "twosided",
conf.level = 0.95, n.bootstraps = 1000, pivot.statistic = "z", ...)
x 
numeric vector of observations. Missing ( 
censored 
numeric or logical vector indicating which values of 
method 
character string specifying the method of estimation. For singly censored data, the possible values are: For multiply censored data, the possible values are: See the DETAILS section for more information. 
censoring.side 
character string indicating on which side the censoring occurs. The possible
values are 
ci 
logical scalar indicating whether to compute a confidence interval for the
mean or variance. The default value is 
ci.method 
character string indicating what method to use to construct the confidence interval
for the mean. The possible values are
The confidence interval method See the DETAILS section for more information.
This argument is ignored if 
ci.type 
character string indicating what kind of confidence interval to compute. The
possible values are 
conf.level 
a scalar between 0 and 1 indicating the confidence level of the confidence interval.
The default value is 
n.bootstraps 
numeric scalar indicating how many bootstraps to use to construct the
confidence interval for the mean when 
pivot.statistic 
character string indicating which pivot statistic to use in the construction
of the confidence interval for the mean when 
... 
additional arguments to pass to other functions.

If x
or censored
contain any missing (NA
), undefined (NaN
) or
infinite (Inf
, Inf
) values, they will be removed prior to
performing the estimation.
Let \underline{x}
be a vector of n
observations from a
lognormal distribution with
parameters mean=
\theta
and cv=
\tau
. Let \eta
denote the
standard deviation of this distribution, so that \eta = \theta \tau
. Set
\underline{y} = log(\underline{x})
. Then \underline{y}
is a vector of observations
from a normal distribution with parameters mean=
\mu
and sd=
\sigma
.
See the help file for LognormalAlt for the relationship between
\theta, \tau, \eta, \mu
, and \sigma
.
Let \underline{x}
denote a vector of N
observations from a
lognormal distribution with parameters
mean=
\theta
and cv=
\tau
. Let \eta
denote the
standard deviation of this distribution, so that \eta = \theta \tau
. Set
\underline{y} = log(\underline{x})
. Then \underline{y}
is a
vector of observations from a normal distribution with parameters
mean=
\mu
and sd=
\sigma
. See the help file for
LognormalAlt for the relationship between
\theta, \tau, \eta, \mu
, and \sigma
.
Assume n
(0 < n < N
) of the N
observations are known and
c
(c=Nn
) of the observations are all censored below (leftcensored)
or all censored above (rightcensored) at k
fixed censoring levels
T_1, T_2, \ldots, T_k; \; k \ge 1 \;\;\;\;\;\; (1)
For the case when k \ge 2
, the data are said to be Type I
multiply censored. For the case when k=1
,
set T = T_1
. If the data are leftcensored
and all n
known observations are greater
than or equal to T
, or if the data are rightcensored and all n
known observations are less than or equal to T
, then the data are
said to be Type I singly censored (Nelson, 1982, p.7), otherwise
they are considered to be Type I multiply censored.
Let c_j
denote the number of observations censored below or above censoring
level T_j
for j = 1, 2, \ldots, k
, so that
\sum_{i=1}^k c_j = c \;\;\;\;\;\; (2)
Let x_{(1)}, x_{(2)}, \ldots, x_{(N)}
denote the “ordered” observations,
where now “observation” means either the actual observation (for uncensored
observations) or the censoring level (for censored observations). For
rightcensored data, if a censored observation has the same value as an
uncensored one, the uncensored observation should be placed first.
For leftcensored data, if a censored observation has the same value as an
uncensored one, the censored observation should be placed first.
Note that in this case the quantity x_{(i)}
does not necessarily represent
the i
'th “largest” observation from the (unknown) complete sample.
Finally, let \Omega
(omega) denote the set of n
subscripts in the
“ordered” sample that correspond to uncensored observations.
ESTIMATION
This section explains how each of the estimators of mean=
\theta
and
cv=
\tau
are computed. The approach is to first compute estimates of
\theta
and \eta^2
(the mean and variance of the lognormal distribution),
say \hat{\theta}
and \hat{\eta}^2
, then compute the estimate of the cv
\tau
by \hat{\tau} = \hat{\eta}/\hat{\theta}
.
Maximum Likelihood Estimation (method="mle"
)
The maximum likelihood estimators of \theta
, \tau
, and \eta
are
computed as:
\hat{\theta}_{mle} = exp(\hat{\mu}_{mle} + \frac{\hat{\sigma}^2_{mle}}{2}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (3)
\hat{\tau}_{mle} = [exp(\hat{\sigma}^2_{mle})  1]^{1/2} \;\;\;\;\;\; (4)
\hat{\eta}_{mle} = \hat{\theta}_{mle} \; \hat{\tau}_{mle} \;\;\;\;\;\; (5)
where \hat{\mu}_{mle}
and \hat{\sigma}_{mle}
denote the maximum
likelihood estimators of \mu
and \sigma
. See the help for for
enormCensored
for information on how \hat{\mu}_{mle}
and
\hat{\sigma}_{mle}
are computed.
Quasi Minimum Variance Unbiased Estimation Based on the MLE's (method="qmvue"
)
The maximum likelihood estimators of \theta
and \eta^2
are biased.
Even for complete (uncensored) samples these estimators are biased
(see equation (12) in the help file for elnormAlt
).
The bias tends to 0 as the sample size increases, but it can be considerable for
small sample sizes.
(Cohn et al., 1989, demonstrate the bias for complete data sets.)
For the case of complete samples, the minimum variance unbiased estimators (mvue's)
of \theta
and \eta^2
were derived by Finney (1941) and are discussed in
Gilbert (1987, pp.164167) and Cohn et al. (1989). These estimators are computed as:
\hat{\theta}_{mvue} = e^{\bar{y}} g_{n1}(\frac{s^2}{2}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (6)
\hat{\eta}^2_{mvue} = e^{2 \bar{y}} \{g_{n1}(2s^2)  g_{n1}[\frac{(n2)s^2}{n1}]\} \;\;\;\;\;\; (7)
where
\bar{y} = \frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^n y_i \;\;\;\;\;\; (8)
s^2 = \frac{1}{n1} \sum_{i=1}^n (y_i  \bar{y})^2 \;\;\;\;\;\; (9)
g_m(z) = \sum_{i=0}^\infty \frac{m^i (m+2i)}{m(m+2) \cdots (m+2i)} (\frac{m}{m+1})^i (\frac{z^i}{i!}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (10)
(see the help file for elnormAlt
).
For Type I censored samples, the quasi minimum variance unbiased estimators
(qmvue's) of \theta
and \eta^2
are computed using equations (6) and (7)
and estimating \mu
and \sigma
with their mle's (see
elnormCensored
).
For singly censored data, this is apparently the LM method of Gilliom and Helsel
(1986, p.137) (it is not clear from their description on page 137 whether their
LM method is the straight method="mle"
described above or
method="qmvue"
described here). This method was also used by
Newman et al. (1989, p.915, equations 1011).
For multiply censored data, this is apparently the MM method of Helsel and Cohn
(1988, p.1998). (It is not clear from their description on page 1998 and the
description in Gilliom and Helsel, 1986, page 137 whether Helsel and Cohn's (1988)
MM method is the straight method="mle"
described above or method="qmvue"
described here.)
BiasCorrected Maximum Likelihood Estimation (method="bcmle"
)
This method was derived by ElShaarawi (1989) and can be applied to complete or
censored data sets. For complete data, the exact relative bias of the mle of
the mean \theta
is given as:
B_{mle} = \frac{E[\hat{\theta}_{mle}]}{\theta} = exp[\frac{(n1)\sigma^2}{2n}] (1  \frac{\sigma^2}{n})^{(n1)/2} \;\;\;\;\;\; (11)
(see equation (12) in the help file for elnormAlt
).
For the case of complete or censored data, ElShaarawi (1989) proposed the following “biascorrected” maximum likelihood estimator:
\hat{\theta}_{bcmle} = \frac{\hat{\theta}_{mle}}{\hat{B}_{mle}} \;\;\;\;\;\; (12)
where
\hat{B}_{mle} = exp[\frac{1}{2}(\hat{V}_{11} + 2\hat{\sigma}_{mle} \hat{V}_{12} + \hat{\sigma}^2_{mle} \hat{V}_{22})] \;\;\;\;\;\; (13)
and V
denotes the asymptotic variancecovariance of the mle's of \mu
and \sigma
, which is based on the observed information matrix, formulas for
which are given in Cohen (1991). ElShaarawi (1989) does not propose a
biascorrected estimator of the variance \eta^2
, so the mle of \eta
is computed when method="bcmle"
.
Robust Regression on Order Statistics (method="rROS"
) or
Imputation Using QuantileQuantile Regression (method ="impute.w.qq.reg"
)
This is the robust Regression on Order Statistics (rROS) method discussed in USEPA (2009)
and Helsel (2012). This method involves using quantilequantile regression on the
logtransformed observations to fit a regression line (and thus initially estimate the mean
\mu
and standard deviation \sigma
in logspace), imputing the
logtransformed values of the c
censored observations by predicting them
from the regression equation, transforming the logscale imputed values back to
the original scale, and then computing the method of moments estimates of the
mean and standard deviation based on the observed and imputed values.
The steps are:
Estimate \mu
and \sigma
by computing the leastsquares
estimates in the following model:
y_{(i)} = \mu + \sigma \Phi^{1}(p_i) + \epsilon_i, \; i \in \Omega \;\;\;\;\;\; (14)
where p_i
denotes the plotting position associated with the i
'th
largest value, a
is a constant such that 0 \le a \le 1
(the default value is 0.375), \Phi
denotes the cumulative
distribution function (cdf) of the standard normal distribution and
\Omega
denotes the set of n
subscripts associated with the
uncensored observations in the ordered sample. The plotting positions are
computed by calling the function ppointsCensored
.
Compute the logscale imputed values as:
\hat{y}_{(i)} = \hat{\mu}_{qqreg} + \hat{\sigma}_{qqreg} \Phi^{1}(p_i), \; i \not \in \Omega \;\;\;\;\;\; (15)
Retransform the logscale imputed values:
\hat{x}_{(i)} = exp[\hat{y}_{(i)}], \; i \not \in \Omega \;\;\;\;\;\; (16)
Compute the usual method of moments estimates of the mean and variance.
\hat{\theta} = \frac{1}{N} [\sum_{i \not \in \Omega} \hat{x}_{(i)} + \sum_{i \in \Omega} x_{(i)}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (17)
\hat{\eta}^2 = \frac{1}{N1} [\sum_{i \not \in \Omega} (\hat{x}_{(i)}  \hat{\theta}^2) + \sum_{i \in \Omega} (x_{(i)}  \hat{\theta}^2)] \;\;\;\;\;\; (18)
Note that the estimate of variance is actually the usual unbiased one (not the method of moments one) in the case of complete data.
For sinlgy censored data, this method is discussed by Hashimoto and Trussell (1983), Gilliom and Helsel (1986), and ElShaarawi (1989), and is referred to as the LR (LogRegression) or LogProbability Method.
For multiply censored data, this is the MR method of Helsel and Cohn (1988, p.1998).
They used it with the probability method of Hirsch and Stedinger (1987) and
Weibull plotting positions (i.e., prob.method="hirschstedinger"
and
plot.pos.con=0
).
The argument plot.pos.con
(see the entry for ... in the ARGUMENTS
section above) determines the value of the plotting positions computed in
equations (14) and (15) when method
equals "hirschstedinger"
or
"michaelschucany"
. The default value is plot.pos.con=0.375
.
See the help file for ppointsCensored
for more information.
The arguments lb.impute
and ub.impute
(see the entry for ... in
the ARGUMENTS section above) determine the lower and upper bounds for the
imputed values. Imputed values smaller than lb.impute
are set to this
value. Imputed values larger than ub.impute
are set to this value.
The default values are lb.impute=0
and ub.impute=Inf
.
Imputation Using QuantileQuantile Regression Including the Censoring Level
(method ="impute.w.qq.reg.w.cen.level"
)
This method is only available for sinlgy censored data. This method was
proposed by ElShaarawi (1989), which he denoted as the Modified LR Method.
It is exactly the same method as imputation
using quantilequantile regression (method="impute.w.qq.reg"
), except that
the quantilequantile regression includes the censoring level. For left singly
censored data, the modification involves adding the point
[\Phi^{1}(p_c), T]
to the plot before fitting the leastsquares line.
For right singly censored data, the point [\Phi^{1}(p_{n+1}), T]
is added to the plot before fitting the leastsquares line.
Imputation Using Maximum Likelihood (method ="impute.w.mle"
)
This method is only available for sinlgy censored data.
This is exactly the same method as robust Regression on Order Statistics (i.e.,
the same as using method="rROS"
or
method="impute.w.qq.reg"
),
except that the maximum likelihood method (method="mle"
) is used to compute
the initial estimates of the mean and standard deviation.
In the context of lognormal data, this method is discussed
by ElShaarawi (1989), which he denotes as the Modified Maximum Likelihood Method.
Setting Censored Observations to Half the Censoring Level (method="half.cen.level"
)
This method is applicable only to left censored data that is bounded below by 0.
This method involves simply replacing all the censored observations with half their
detection limit, and then computing the usual moment estimators of the mean and
variance. That is, all censored observations are imputed to be half the detection
limit, and then Equations (17) and (18) are used to estimate the mean and varaince.
This method is included only to allow comparison of this method to other methods.
Setting leftcensored observations to half the censoring level is not
recommended. In particular, ElShaarawi and Esterby (1992) show that these
estimators are biased and inconsistent (i.e., the bias remains even as the sample
size increases).
CONFIDENCE INTERVALS
This section explains how confidence intervals for the mean \theta
are
computed.
f
Likelihood Profile (ci.method="profile.likelihood"
)
This method was proposed by Cox (1970, p.88), and Venzon and Moolgavkar (1988)
introduced an efficient method of computation. This method is also discussed by
Stryhn and Christensen (2003) and Royston (2007).
The idea behind this method is to invert the likelihoodratio test to obtain a
confidence interval for the mean \theta
while treating the coefficient of
variation \tau
as a nuisance parameter.
For Type I left censored data, the likelihood function is given by:
L(\theta, \tau  \underline{x}) = {N \choose c_1 c_2 \ldots c_k n} \prod_{j=1}^k [F(T_j)]^{c_j} \prod_{i \in \Omega} f[x_{(i)}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (19)
where f
and F
denote the probability density function (pdf) and
cumulative distribution function (cdf) of the population. That is,
f(t) = \phi(\frac{t\mu}{\sigma}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (20)
F(t) = \Phi(\frac{t\mu}{\sigma}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (21)
where
\mu = log(\frac{\theta}{\sqrt{\tau^2 + 1}}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (22)
\sigma = [log(\tau^2 + 1)]^{1/2} \;\;\;\;\;\; (23)
and \phi
and \Phi
denote the pdf and cdf of the standard normal
distribution, respectively (Cohen, 1963; 1991, pp.6, 50). For left singly
censored data, equation (3) simplifies to:
L(\mu, \sigma  \underline{x}) = {N \choose c} [F(T)]^{c} \prod_{i = c+1}^n f[x_{(i)}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (24)
Similarly, for Type I right censored data, the likelihood function is given by:
L(\mu, \sigma  \underline{x}) = {N \choose c_1 c_2 \ldots c_k n} \prod_{j=1}^k [1  F(T_j)]^{c_j} \prod_{i \in \Omega} f[x_{(i)}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (25)
and for right singly censored data this simplifies to:
L(\mu, \sigma  \underline{x}) = {N \choose c} [1  F(T)]^{c} \prod_{i = 1}^n f[x_{(i)}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (26)
Following Stryhn and Christensen (2003), denote the maximum likelihood estimates
of the mean and coefficient of variation by (\theta^*, \tau^*)
.
The likelihood ratio test statistic (G^2
) of the hypothesis
H_0: \theta = \theta_0
(where \theta_0
is a fixed value) equals the
drop in 2 log(L)
between the “full” model and the reduced model with
\theta
fixed at \theta_0
, i.e.,
G^2 = 2 \{log[L(\theta^*, \tau^*)]  log[L(\theta_0, \tau_0^*)]\} \;\;\;\;\;\; (27)
where \tau_0^*
is the maximum likelihood estimate of \tau
for the
reduced model (i.e., when \theta = \theta_0
). Under the null hypothesis,
the test statistic G^2
follows a
chisquared distribution with 1 degree of freedom.
Alternatively, we may
express the test statistic in terms of the profile likelihood function L_1
for the mean \theta
, which is obtained from the usual likelihood function by
maximizing over the parameter \tau
, i.e.,
L_1(\theta) = max_{\tau} L(\theta, \tau) \;\;\;\;\;\; (28)
Then we have
G^2 = 2 \{log[L_1(\theta^*)]  log[L_1(\theta_0)]\} \;\;\;\;\;\; (29)
A twosided (1\alpha)100\%
confidence interval for the mean \theta
consists of all values of \theta_0
for which the test is not significant at
level alpha
:
\theta_0: G^2 \le \chi^2_{1, {1\alpha}} \;\;\;\;\;\; (30)
where \chi^2_{\nu, p}
denotes the p
'th quantile of the
chisquared distribution with \nu
degrees of freedom.
Onesided lower and onesided upper confidence intervals are computed in a similar
fashion, except that the quantity 1\alpha
in Equation (30) is replaced with
12\alpha
.
Direct Normal Approximations (ci.method="delta"
or ci.method="normal.approx"
)
An approximate (1\alpha)100\%
confidence interval for \theta
can be
constructed assuming the distribution of the estimator of \theta
is
approximately normally distributed. That is, a twosided (1\alpha)100\%
confidence interval for \theta
is constructed as:
[\hat{\theta}  t_{1\alpha/2, m1}\hat{\sigma}_{\hat{\theta}}, \; \hat{\theta} + t_{1\alpha/2, m1}\hat{\sigma}_{\hat{\theta}}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (31)
where \hat{\theta}
denotes the estimate of \theta
,
\hat{\sigma}_{\hat{\theta}}
denotes the estimated asymptotic standard
deviation of the estimator of \theta
, m
denotes the assumed sample
size for the confidence interval, and t_{p,\nu}
denotes the p
'th
quantile of Student's tdistribuiton with \nu
degrees of freedom. Onesided confidence intervals are computed in a
similar fashion.
The argument ci.sample.size
determines the value of m
(see
see the entry for ... in the ARGUMENTS section above).
When method
equals "mle"
, "qmvue"
, or "bcmle"
and the data are singly censored, the default value is the
expected number of uncensored observations, otherwise it is n
,
the observed number of uncensored observations. This is simply an adhoc
method of constructing confidence intervals and is not based on any
published theoretical results.
When pivot.statistic="z"
, the p
'th quantile from the
standard normal distribution is used in place of the
p
'th quantile from Student's tdistribution.
Direct Normal Approximation Based on the Delta Method (ci.method="delta"
)
This method is usually applied with the maximum likelihood estimators
(method="mle"
). It should also work approximately for the quasi minimum
variance unbiased estimators (method="qmvue"
) and the biascorrected maximum
likelihood estimators (method="bcmle"
).
When method="mle"
, the variance of the mle of \theta
can be estimated
based on the variancecovariance matrix of the mle's of \mu
and \sigma
(denoted V
), and the delta method:
\hat{\sigma}^2_{\hat{\theta}} = (\frac{\partial \theta}{\partial \underline{\lambda}})^{'}_{\hat{\underline{\lambda}}} \hat{V} (\frac{\partial \theta}{\partial \underline{\lambda}})_{\hat{\underline{\lambda}}} \;\;\;\;\;\; (32)
where
\underline{\lambda}' = (\mu, \sigma) \;\;\;\;\;\; (33)
\frac{\partial \theta}{\partial \mu} = exp(\mu + \frac{\sigma^2}{2}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (34)
\frac{\partial \theta}{\partial \sigma} = \sigma exp(\mu + \frac{\sigma^2}{2}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (35)
(Shumway et al., 1989). The variancecovariance matrix V
of the mle's of
\mu
and \sigma
is estimated based on the inverse of the observed Fisher
Information matrix, formulas for which are given in Cohen (1991).
Direct Normal Approximation Based on the Moment Estimators (ci.method="normal.approx"
)
This method is valid only for the moment estimators based on imputed values
(i.e., method="impute.w.qq.reg"
or method="half.cen.level"
). For
these cases, the standard deviation of the estimated mean is assumed to be
approximated by
\hat{\sigma}_{\hat{\theta}} = \frac{\hat{\eta}}{\sqrt{m}} \;\;\;\;\;\; (36)
where, as already noted, m
denotes the assumed sample size.
This is simply an adhoc method of constructing confidence intervals and is not
based on any published theoretical results.
Cox's Method (ci.method="cox"
)
This method may be applied with the maximum likelihood estimators
(method="mle"
), the quasi minimum variance unbiased estimators
(method="qmvue"
), and the biascorrected maximum likelihood estimators
(method="bcmle"
).
This method was proposed by ElShaarawi (1989) and is an extension of the
method derived by Cox and presented in Land (1972) for the case of
complete data (see the explanation of ci.method="cox"
in the help file
for elnormAlt
). The idea is to construct an approximate
(1\alpha)100\%
confidence interval for the quantity
\beta = exp(\mu + \frac{\sigma^2}{2}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (37)
assuming the estimate of \beta
\hat{\beta} = exp(\hat{\mu} + \frac{\hat{\sigma}^2}{2}) \;\;\;\;\;\; (38)
is approximately normally distributed, and then exponentiate the confidence limits.
That is, a twosided (1\alpha)100\%
confidence interval for \theta
is constructed as:
[ exp(\hat{\beta}  h), \; exp(\hat{\beta} + h) ]\;\;\;\;\;\; (39)
where
h = t_{1\alpha/2, m1}\hat{\sigma}_{\hat{\beta}} \;\;\;\;\;\; (40)
and \hat{\sigma}_{\hat{\beta}}
denotes the estimated asymptotic standard
deviation of the estimator of \beta
, m
denotes the assumed sample
size for the confidence interval, and t_{p,\nu}
denotes the p
'th
quantile of Student's tdistribuiton with \nu
degrees of freedom.
ElShaarawi (1989) shows that the standard deviation of the mle of \beta
can
be estimated by:
\hat{\sigma}_{\hat{\beta}} = \sqrt{ \hat{V}_{11} + 2 \hat{\sigma} \hat{V}_{12} + \hat{\sigma}^2 \hat{V}_{22} } \;\;\;\;\;\; (41)
where V
denotes the variancecovariance matrix of the mle's of \mu
and
\sigma
and is estimated based on the inverse of the Fisher Information matrix.
Onesided confidence intervals are computed in a similar fashion.
Bootstrap and BiasCorrected Bootstrap Approximation (ci.method="bootstrap"
)
The bootstrap is a nonparametric method of estimating the distribution
(and associated distribution parameters and quantiles) of a sample statistic,
regardless of the distribution of the population from which the sample was drawn.
The bootstrap was introduced by Efron (1979) and a general reference is
Efron and Tibshirani (1993).
In the context of deriving an approximate (1\alpha)100\%
confidence interval
for the population mean \theta
, the bootstrap can be broken down into the
following steps:
Create a bootstrap sample by taking a random sample of size N
from
the observations in \underline{x}
, where sampling is done with
replacement. Note that because sampling is done with replacement, the same
element of \underline{x}
can appear more than once in the bootstrap
sample. Thus, the bootstrap sample will usually not look exactly like the
original sample (e.g., the number of censored observations in the bootstrap
sample will often differ from the number of censored observations in the
original sample).
Estimate \theta
based on the bootstrap sample created in Step 1, using
the same method that was used to estimate \theta
using the original
observations in \underline{x}
. Because the bootstrap sample usually
does not match the original sample, the estimate of \theta
based on the
bootstrap sample will usually differ from the original estimate based on
\underline{x}
.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 B
times, where B
is some large number.
The number of bootstraps B
is determined by the argument
n.bootstraps
(see the section ARGUMENTS above).
The default value of n.bootstraps
is 1000
.
Use the B
estimated values of \theta
to compute the empirical
cumulative distribution function of this estimator of \theta
(see
ecdfPlot
), and then create a confidence interval for \theta
based on this estimated cdf.
The twosided percentile interval (Efron and Tibshirani, 1993, p.170) is computed as:
[\hat{G}^{1}(\frac{\alpha}{2}), \; \hat{G}^{1}(1\frac{\alpha}{2})] \;\;\;\;\;\; (42)
where \hat{G}(t)
denotes the empirical cdf evaluated at t
and thus
\hat{G}^{1}(p)
denotes the p
'th empirical quantile, that is,
the p
'th quantile associated with the empirical cdf. Similarly, a onesided lower
confidence interval is computed as:
[\hat{G}^{1}(\alpha), \; \infty] \;\;\;\;\;\; (43)
and a onesided upper confidence interval is computed as:
[0, \; \hat{G}^{1}(1\alpha)] \;\;\;\;\;\; (44)
The function elnormAltCensored
calls the R function quantile
to compute the empirical quantiles used in Equations (42)(44).
The percentile method bootstrap confidence interval is only firstorder
accurate (Efron and Tibshirani, 1993, pp.187188), meaning that the probability
that the confidence interval will contain the true value of \theta
can be
off by k/\sqrt{N}
, where k
is some constant. Efron and Tibshirani
(1993, pp.184188) proposed a biascorrected and accelerated interval that is
secondorder accurate, meaning that the probability that the confidence interval
will contain the true value of \theta
may be off by k/N
instead of
k/\sqrt{N}
. The twosided biascorrected and accelerated confidence interval is
computed as:
[\hat{G}^{1}(\alpha_1), \; \hat{G}^{1}(\alpha_2)] \;\;\;\;\;\; (45)
where
\alpha_1 = \Phi[\hat{z}_0 + \frac{\hat{z}_0 + z_{\alpha/2}}{1  \hat{a}(z_0 + z_{\alpha/2})}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (46)
\alpha_2 = \Phi[\hat{z}_0 + \frac{\hat{z}_0 + z_{1\alpha/2}}{1  \hat{a}(z_0 + z_{1\alpha/2})}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (47)
\hat{z}_0 = \Phi^{1}[\hat{G}(\hat{\theta})] \;\;\;\;\;\; (48)
\hat{a} = \frac{\sum_{i=1}^N (\hat{\theta}_{(\cdot)}  \hat{\theta}_{(i)})^3}{6[\sum_{i=1}^N (\hat{\theta}_{(\cdot)}  \hat{\theta}_{(i)})^2]^{3/2}} \;\;\;\;\;\; (49)
where the quantity \hat{\theta}_{(i)}
denotes the estimate of \theta
using
all the values in \underline{x}
except the i
'th one, and
\hat{\theta}{(\cdot)} = \frac{1}{N} \sum_{i=1}^N \hat{\theta_{(i)}} \;\;\;\;\;\; (50)
A onesided lower confidence interval is given by:
[\hat{G}^{1}(\alpha_1), \; \infty] \;\;\;\;\;\; (51)
and a onesided upper confidence interval is given by:
[0, \; \hat{G}^{1}(\alpha_2)] \;\;\;\;\;\; (52)
where \alpha_1
and \alpha_2
are computed as for a twosided confidence
interval, except \alpha/2
is replaced with \alpha
in Equations (51) and (52).
The constant \hat{z}_0
incorporates the bias correction, and the constant
\hat{a}
is the acceleration constant. The term “acceleration” refers
to the rate of change of the standard error of the estimate of \theta
with
respect to the true value of \theta
(Efron and Tibshirani, 1993, p.186). For a
normal (Gaussian) distribution, the standard error of the estimate of \theta
does not depend on the value of \theta
, hence the acceleration constant is not
really necessary.
When ci.method="bootstrap"
, the function elnormAltCensored
computes both
the percentile method and biascorrected and accelerated method bootstrap confidence
intervals.
This method of constructing confidence intervals for censored data was studied by Shumway et al. (1989).
a list of class "estimateCensored"
containing the estimated parameters
and other information. See estimateCensored.object
for details.
A sample of data contains censored observations if some of the observations are reported only as being below or above some censoring level. In environmental data analysis, Type I leftcensored data sets are common, with values being reported as “less than the detection limit” (e.g., Helsel, 2012). Data sets with only one censoring level are called singly censored; data sets with multiple censoring levels are called multiply or progressively censored.
Statistical methods for dealing with censored data sets have a long history in the field of survival analysis and life testing. More recently, researchers in the environmental field have proposed alternative methods of computing estimates and confidence intervals in addition to the classical ones such as maximum likelihood estimation.
Helsel (2012, Chapter 6) gives an excellent review of past studies of the properties of various estimators based on censored environmental data.
In practice, it is better to use a confidence interval for the mean or a joint confidence region for the mean and standard deviation, rather than rely on a single pointestimate of the mean. Since confidence intervals and regions depend on the properties of the estimators for both the mean and standard deviation, the results of studies that simply evaluated the performance of the mean and standard deviation separately cannot be readily extrapolated to predict the performance of various methods of constructing confidence intervals and regions. Furthermore, for several of the methods that have been proposed to estimate the mean based on type I leftcensored data, standard errors of the estimates are not available, hence it is not possible to construct confidence intervals (ElShaarawi and Dolan, 1989).
Few studies have been done to evaluate the performance of methods for constructing confidence intervals for the mean or joint confidence regions for the mean and standard deviation on the original scale, not the logscale, when data are subjected to single or multiple censoring. See, for example, Singh et al. (2006).
Steven P. Millard (EnvStats@ProbStatInfo.com)
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LognormalAlt
, elnormAlt
,
elnormCensored
, enormCensored
,
estimateCensored.object
.
# Chapter 15 of USEPA (2009) gives several examples of estimating the mean
# and standard deviation of a lognormal distribution on the logscale using
# manganese concentrations (ppb) in groundwater at five background wells.
# In EnvStats these data are stored in the data frame
# EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df.
# Here we will estimate the mean and coefficient of variation
# ON THE ORIGINAL SCALE using the MLE, QMVUE,
# and robust ROS (imputation with QQ regression).
# First look at the data:
#
EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df
# Sample Well Manganese.Orig.ppb Manganese.ppb Censored
#1 1 Well.1 <5 5.0 TRUE
#2 2 Well.1 12.1 12.1 FALSE
#3 3 Well.1 16.9 16.9 FALSE
#...
#23 3 Well.5 3.3 3.3 FALSE
#24 4 Well.5 8.4 8.4 FALSE
#25 5 Well.5 <2 2.0 TRUE
longToWide(EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df,
"Manganese.Orig.ppb", "Sample", "Well",
paste.row.name = TRUE)
# Well.1 Well.2 Well.3 Well.4 Well.5
#Sample.1 <5 <5 <5 6.3 17.9
#Sample.2 12.1 7.7 5.3 11.9 22.7
#Sample.3 16.9 53.6 12.6 10 3.3
#Sample.4 21.6 9.5 106.3 <2 8.4
#Sample.5 <2 45.9 34.5 77.2 <2
# Now estimate the mean and coefficient of variation
# using the MLE:
#
with(EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df,
elnormAltCensored(Manganese.ppb, Censored))
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#Based on Type I Censored Data
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: Lognormal
#
#Censoring Side: left
#
#Censoring Level(s): 2 5
#
#Estimated Parameter(s): mean = 23.003987
# cv = 2.300772
#
#Estimation Method: MLE
#
#Data: Manganese.ppb
#
#Censoring Variable: Censored
#
#Sample Size: 25
#
#Percent Censored: 24%
# Now compare the MLE with the QMVUE and the
# estimator based on robust ROS
#
with(EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df,
elnormAltCensored(Manganese.ppb, Censored))$parameters
# mean cv
#23.003987 2.300772
with(EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df,
elnormAltCensored(Manganese.ppb, Censored,
method = "qmvue"))$parameters
# mean cv
#21.566945 1.841366
with(EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df,
elnormAltCensored(Manganese.ppb, Censored,
method = "rROS"))$parameters
# mean cv
#19.886180 1.298868
#
# The method used to estimate quantiles for a QQ plot is
# determined by the argument prob.method. For the function
# elnormCensoredAlt, for any estimation method that involves
# QQ regression, the default value of prob.method is
# "hirschstedinger" and the default value for the
# plotting position constant is plot.pos.con=0.375.
# Both Helsel (2012) and USEPA (2009) also use the HirschStedinger
# probability method but set the plotting position constant to 0.
with(EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df,
elnormAltCensored(Manganese.ppb, Censored,
method = "rROS", plot.pos.con = 0))$parameters
# mean cv
#19.827673 1.304725
#
# Using the same data as above, compute a confidence interval
# for the mean using the profilelikelihood method.
with(EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df,
elnormAltCensored(Manganese.ppb, Censored, ci = TRUE))
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#Based on Type I Censored Data
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: Lognormal
#
#Censoring Side: left
#
#Censoring Level(s): 2 5
#
#Estimated Parameter(s): mean = 23.003987
# cv = 2.300772
#
#Estimation Method: MLE
#
#Data: Manganese.ppb
#
#Censoring Variable: Censored
#
#Sample Size: 25
#
#Percent Censored: 24%
#
#Confidence Interval for: mean
#
#Confidence Interval Method: Profile Likelihood
#
#Confidence Interval Type: twosided
#
#Confidence Level: 95%
#
#Confidence Interval: LCL = 12.37629
# UCL = 69.87694