predIntNpar {EnvStats}  R Documentation 
Nonparametric Prediction Interval for a Continuous Distribution
Description
Construct a nonparametric prediction interval to contain at least k
out of the
next m
future observations with probability (1\alpha)100\%
for a
continuous distribution.
Usage
predIntNpar(x, k = m, m = 1, lpl.rank = ifelse(pi.type == "upper", 0, 1),
n.plus.one.minus.upl.rank = ifelse(pi.type == "lower", 0, 1),
lb = Inf, ub = Inf, pi.type = "twosided")
Arguments
x 
a numeric vector of observations. Missing ( 
k 
positive integer specifying the minimum number of future observations out of 
m 
positive integer specifying the number of future observations. The default value is

lpl.rank 
positive integer indicating the rank of the order statistic to use for the lower
bound of the prediction interval. If 
n.plus.one.minus.upl.rank 
positive integer related to the rank of the order statistic to use for the upper
bound of the prediction interval. A value of 
lb , ub 
scalars indicating lower and upper bounds on the distribution. By default, 
pi.type 
character string indicating what kind of prediction interval to compute.
The possible values are 
Details
What is a Nonparametric Prediction Interval?
A nonparametric prediction interval for some population is an interval on the
real line constructed so that it will contain at least k
of m
future
observations from that population with some specified probability
(1\alpha)100\%
, where 0 < \alpha < 1
and k
and m
are
prespecified positive integer where k \le m
.
The quantity (1\alpha)100\%
is called
the confidence coefficient or confidence level associated with the prediction
interval.
The Form of a Nonparametric Prediction Interval
Let \underline{x} = x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n
denote a vector of n
independent observations from some continuous distribution, and let
x_{(i)}
denote the the i
'th order statistics in \underline{x}
.
A twosided nonparametric prediction interval is constructed as:
[x_{(u)}, x_{(v)}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (1)
where u
and v
are positive integers between 1 and n
, and
u < v
. That is, u
denotes the rank of the lower prediction limit, and
v
denotes the rank of the upper prediction limit. To make it easier to write
some equations later on, we can also write the prediction interval (1) in a slightly
different way as:
[x_{(u)}, x_{(n + 1  w)}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (2)
where
w = n + 1  v \;\;\;\;\;\; (3)
so that w
is a positive integer between 1 and n1
, and
u < n+1w
. In terms of the arguments to the function predIntNpar
,
the argument lpl.rank
corresponds to u
, and the argument
n.plus.one.minus.upl.rank
corresponds to w
.
If we allow u=0
and w=0
and define lower and upper bounds as:
x_{(0)} = lb \;\;\;\;\;\; (4)
x_{(n+1)} = ub \;\;\;\;\;\; (5)
then Equation (2) above can also represent a onesided lower or onesided upper prediction interval as well. That is, a onesided lower nonparametric prediction interval is constructed as:
[x_{(u)}, x_{(n + 1)}] = [x_{(u)}, ub] \;\;\;\;\;\; (6)
and a onesided upper nonparametric prediction interval is constructed as:
[x_{(0)}, x_{(n + 1  w)}] = [lb, x_{(n + 1  w)}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (7)
Usually, lb = \infty
or lb = 0
and ub = \infty
.
Constructing Nonparametric Prediction Intervals for Future Observations
Danziger and Davis (1964) show that the probability that at least k
out of
the next m
observations will fall in the interval defined in Equation (2)
is given by:
(1  \alpha) = [\sum_{i=k}^m {{mi+u+w1} \choose {mi}} {{i+nuw} \choose i}] / {{n+m} \choose m} \;\;\;\;\;\; (8)
(Note that computing a nonparametric prediction interval for the case
k = m = 1
is equivalent to computing a nonparametric \beta
expectation
tolerance interval with coverage (1\alpha)100\%
; see tolIntNpar
).
The Special Case of Using the Minimum and the Maximum
Setting u = w = 1
implies using the smallest and largest observed values as
the prediction limits. In this case, it can be shown that the probability that at
least k
out of the next m
observations will fall in the interval
[x_{(1)}, x_{(n)}] \;\;\;\;\;\; (9)
is given by:
(1  \alpha) = [\sum_{i=k}^m (mi1){{n+i2} \choose i}] / {{n+m} \choose m} \;\;\;\;\;\; (10)
Setting k=m
in Equation (10), the probability that all of the next m
observations will fall in the interval defined in Equation (9) is given by:
(1  \alpha) = \frac{n(n1)}{(n+m)(n+m1)} \;\;\;\;\;\; (11)
For onesided prediction limits, the probability that all m
future
observations will fall below x_{(n)}
(upper prediction limit;
pi.type="upper"
) and the probabilitiy that all m
future observations
will fall above x_{(1)}
(lower prediction limit; pi.type="lower"
) are
both given by:
(1  \alpha) = \frac{n}{n+m} \;\;\;\;\;\; (12)
Constructing Nonparametric Prediction Intervals for Future Medians
To construct a nonparametric prediction interval for a future median based on
s
future observations, where s
is odd, note that this is equivalent to
constructing a nonparametric prediction interval that must hold
at least k = (s+1)/2
of the next m = s
future observations.
Value
a list of class "estimate"
containing the prediction interval and other
information. See the help file for estimate.object
for details.
Note
Prediction and tolerance intervals have long been applied to quality control and life testing problems (Hahn, 1970b,c; Hahn and Nelson, 1973; Krishnamoorthy and Mathew, 2009). In the context of environmental statistics, prediction intervals are useful for analyzing data from groundwater detection monitoring programs at hazardous and solid waste facilities (e.g., Gibbons et al., 2009; Millard and Neerchal, 2001; USEPA, 2009).
Author(s)
Steven P. Millard (EnvStats@ProbStatInfo.com)
References
Danziger, L., and S. Davis. (1964). Tables of DistributionFree Tolerance Limits. Annals of Mathematical Statistics 35(5), 1361–1365.
Davis, C.B. (1994). Environmental Regulatory Statistics. In Patil, G.P., and C.R. Rao, eds., Handbook of Statistics, Vol. 12: Environmental Statistics. NorthHolland, Amsterdam, a division of Elsevier, New York, NY, Chapter 26, 817–865.
Davis, C.B., and R.J. McNichols. (1987). Onesided Intervals for at Least p of m Observations from a Normal Population on Each of r Future Occasions. Technometrics 29, 359–370.
Davis, C.B., and R.J. McNichols. (1994a). Ground Water Monitoring Statistics Update: Part I: Progress Since 1988. Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation 14(4), 148–158.
Davis, C.B., and R.J. McNichols. (1994b). Ground Water Monitoring Statistics Update: Part II: Nonparametric Prediction Limits. Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation 14(4), 159–175.
Davis, C.B., and R.J. McNichols. (1999). Simultaneous Nonparametric Prediction Limits (with Discusson). Technometrics 41(2), 89–112.
Gibbons, R.D. (1987a). Statistical Prediction Intervals for the Evaluation of GroundWater Quality. Ground Water 25, 455–465.
Gibbons, R.D. (1991b). Statistical Tolerance Limits for GroundWater Monitoring. Ground Water 29, 563–570.
Gibbons, R.D., and J. Baker. (1991). The Properties of Various Statistical Prediction Intervals for GroundWater Detection Monitoring. Journal of Environmental Science and Health A26(4), 535–553.
Gibbons, R.D., D.K. Bhaumik, and S. Aryal. (2009). Statistical Methods for Groundwater Monitoring, Second Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken.
Hahn, G.J., and W.Q. Meeker. (1991). Statistical Intervals: A Guide for Practitioners. John Wiley and Sons, New York, 392pp.
Hahn, G., and W. Nelson. (1973). A Survey of Prediction Intervals and Their Applications. Journal of Quality Technology 5, 178–188.
Hall, I.J., R.R. Prairie, and C.K. Motlagh. (1975). NonParametric Prediction Intervals. Journal of Quality Technology 7(3), 109–114.
Millard, S.P., and Neerchal, N.K. (2001). Environmental Statistics with SPLUS. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.
USEPA. (2009). Statistical Analysis of Groundwater Monitoring Data at RCRA Facilities, Unified Guidance. EPA 530/R09007, March 2009. Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery Program Implementation and Information Division. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
USEPA. (2010). Errata Sheet  March 2009 Unified Guidance. EPA 530/R09007a, August 9, 2010. Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Program Information and Implementation Division. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
See Also
estimate.object
, predIntNparN
,
predIntNparConfLevel
, plotPredIntNparDesign
.
Examples
# Generate 20 observations from a lognormal mixture distribution with
# parameters mean1=1, cv1=0.5, mean2=5, cv2=1, and p.mix=0.1. Use
# predIntNpar to construct a twosided prediction interval using the
# minimum and maximum observed values. Note that the associated confidence
# level is 90%. A larger sample size is required to obtain a larger
# confidence level (see the help file for predIntNparN).
# (Note: the call to set.seed simply allows you to reproduce this example.)
set.seed(250)
dat < rlnormMixAlt(n = 20, mean1 = 1, cv1 = 0.5,
mean2 = 5, cv2 = 1, p.mix = 0.1)
predIntNpar(dat)
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: None
#
#Data: dat
#
#Sample Size: 20
#
#Prediction Interval Method: Exact
#
#Prediction Interval Type: twosided
#
#Confidence Level: 90.47619%
#
#Prediction Limit Rank(s): 1 20
#
#Number of Future Observations: 1
#
#Prediction Interval: LPL = 0.3647875
# UPL = 1.8173115
#
# Repeat the above example, but specify m=5 future observations should be
# contained in the prediction interval. Note that the confidence level is
# now only 63%.
predIntNpar(dat, m = 5)
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: None
#
#Data: dat
#
#Sample Size: 20
#
#Prediction Interval Method: Exact
#
#Prediction Interval Type: twosided
#
#Confidence Level: 63.33333%
#
#Prediction Limit Rank(s): 1 20
#
#Number of Future Observations: 5
#
#Prediction Interval: LPL = 0.3647875
# UPL = 1.8173115
#
# Repeat the above example, but specify that a minimum of k=3 observations
# out of a total of m=5 future observations should be contained in the
# prediction interval. Note that the confidence level is now 98%.
predIntNpar(dat, k = 3, m = 5)
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: None
#
#Data: dat
#
#Sample Size: 20
#
#Prediction Interval Method: Exact
#
#Prediction Interval Type: twosided
#
#Confidence Level: 98.37945%
#
#Prediction Limit Rank(s): 1 20
#
#Minimum Number of
#Future Observations
#Interval Should Contain: 3
#
#Total Number of
#Future Observations: 5
#
#Prediction Interval: LPL = 0.3647875
# UPL = 1.8173115
#==========
# Example 183 of USEPA (2009, p.1819) shows how to construct
# a onesided upper nonparametric prediction interval for the next
# 4 future observations of trichloroethylene (TCE) at a downgradient well.
# The data for this example are stored in EPA.09.Ex.18.3.TCE.df.
# There are 6 monthly observations of TCE (ppb) at 3 background wells,
# and 4 monthly observations of TCE at a compliance well.
# Look at the data
#
EPA.09.Ex.18.3.TCE.df
# Month Well Well.type TCE.ppb.orig TCE.ppb Censored
#1 1 BW1 Background <5 5.0 TRUE
#2 2 BW1 Background <5 5.0 TRUE
#3 3 BW1 Background 8 8.0 FALSE
#...
#22 4 CW4 Compliance <5 5.0 TRUE
#23 5 CW4 Compliance 8 8.0 FALSE
#24 6 CW4 Compliance 14 14.0 FALSE
longToWide(EPA.09.Ex.18.3.TCE.df, "TCE.ppb.orig", "Month", "Well",
paste.row.name = TRUE)
# BW1 BW2 BW3 CW4
#Month.1 <5 7 <5
#Month.2 <5 6.5 <5
#Month.3 8 <5 10.5 7.5
#Month.4 <5 6 <5 <5
#Month.5 9 12 <5 8
#Month.6 10 <5 9 14
# Construct the prediction limit based on the background well data
# using the maximum value as the upper prediction limit.
# Note that since all censored observations are censored at one
# censoring level and the censoring level is less than all of the
# uncensored observations, we can just supply the censoring level
# to predIntNpar.
#
with(EPA.09.Ex.18.3.TCE.df,
predIntNpar(TCE.ppb[Well.type == "Background"],
m = 4, pi.type = "upper", lb = 0))
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: None
#
#Data: TCE.ppb[Well.type == "Background"]
#
#Sample Size: 18
#
#Prediction Interval Method: Exact
#
#Prediction Interval Type: upper
#
#Confidence Level: 81.81818%
#
#Prediction Limit Rank(s): 18
#
#Number of Future Observations: 4
#
#Prediction Interval: LPL = 0
# UPL = 12
# Since the value of 14 ppb for Month 6 at the compliance well exceeds
# the upper prediction limit of 12, we might conclude that there is
# statistically significant evidence of an increase over background
# at CW4. However, the confidence level associated with this
# prediction limit is about 82%, which implies a Type I error level of
# 18%. This means there is nearly a one in five chance of a false positive.
# Only additional background data and/or use of a retesting strategy
# (see predIntNparSimultaneous) would lower the false positive rate.
#==========
# Example 184 of USEPA (2009, p.1819) shows how to construct
# a onesided upper nonparametric prediction interval for the next
# median of order 3 of xylene at a downgradient well.
# The data for this example are stored in EPA.09.Ex.18.4.xylene.df.
# There are 8 monthly observations of xylene (ppb) at 3 background wells,
# and 3 montly observations of TCE at a compliance well.
# Look at the data
#
EPA.09.Ex.18.4.xylene.df
# Month Well Well.type Xylene.ppb.orig Xylene.ppb Censored
#1 1 Well.1 Background <5 5.0 TRUE
#2 2 Well.1 Background <5 5.0 TRUE
#3 3 Well.1 Background 7.5 7.5 FALSE
#...
#30 6 Well.4 Compliance <5 5.0 TRUE
#31 7 Well.4 Compliance 7.8 7.8 FALSE
#32 8 Well.4 Compliance 10.4 10.4 FALSE
longToWide(EPA.09.Ex.18.4.xylene.df, "Xylene.ppb.orig", "Month", "Well",
paste.row.name = TRUE)
# Well.1 Well.2 Well.3 Well.4
#Month.1 <5 9.2 <5
#Month.2 <5 <5 5.4
#Month.3 7.5 <5 6.7
#Month.4 <5 6.1 <5
#Month.5 <5 8 <5
#Month.6 <5 5.9 <5 <5
#Month.7 6.4 <5 <5 7.8
#Month.8 6 <5 <5 10.4
# Construct the prediction limit based on the background well data
# using the maximum value as the upper prediction limit.
# Note that since all censored observations are censored at one
# censoring level and the censoring level is less than all of the
# uncensored observations, we can just supply the censoring level
# to predIntNpar.
#
# To compute a prediction interval for a median of order 3 (i.e.,
# a median based on 3 observations), this is equivalent to
# constructing a nonparametric prediction interval that must hold
# at least 2 of the next 3 future observations.
#
with(EPA.09.Ex.18.4.xylene.df,
predIntNpar(Xylene.ppb[Well.type == "Background"],
k = 2, m = 3, pi.type = "upper", lb = 0))
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: None
#
#Data: Xylene.ppb[Well.type == "Background"]
#
#Sample Size: 24
#
#Prediction Interval Method: Exact
#
#Prediction Interval Type: upper
#
#Confidence Level: 99.1453%
#
#Prediction Limit Rank(s): 24
#
#Minimum Number of
#Future Observations
#Interval Should Contain: 2
#
#Total Number of
#Future Observations: 3
#
#Prediction Interval: LPL = 0.0
# UPL = 9.2
# The Month 8 observation at the Complance well is 10.4 ppb of Xylene,
# which is greater than the upper prediction limit of 9.2 ppb, so
# conclude there is evidence of contamination at the
# 100%  99% = 1% Type I Error Level
#==========
# Cleanup
#
rm(dat)