The Annals of Statistics

Block Designs and Electrical Networks

Tue Tjur

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Abstract

For a given block design, an electrical network is constructed in which blocks and treatments are represented by points and observations by connections. This network has the property that the resistance between two points representing two different treatments is equal to the variance on the estimate of the corresponding treatment contrast in the usual additive block effect plus treatment effect model. This provides a simple tool for computation of contrast variances in many examples. Further applications are made to obtain lower bounds for contrast variances and upper bounds for efficiencies. A particular application is a complete solution to the problem of finding the $A$-optimal design in the case where the number of blocks equals the number of treatments and the blocks are of size 2.

Article information

Source
Ann. Statist., Volume 19, Number 2 (1991), 1010-1027.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 12 April 2007

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aos/1176348134

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/aos/1176348134

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1105858

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0725.62066

JSTOR
links.jstor.org

Subjects
Primary: 62K10: Block designs
Secondary: 62K05: Optimal designs 94C15: Applications of graph theory [See also 05Cxx, 68R10]

Keywords
Block design graph network optimal design

Citation

Tjur, Tue. Block Designs and Electrical Networks. Ann. Statist. 19 (1991), no. 2, 1010--1027. doi:10.1214/aos/1176348134. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aos/1176348134


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