- Statist. Sci.
- Volume 24, Number 3 (2009), 328-342.
Interval Estimation for Messy Observational Data
We review some aspects of Bayesian and frequentist interval estimation, focusing first on their relative strengths and weaknesses when used in “clean” or “textbook” contexts. We then turn attention to observational-data situations which are “messy,” where modeling that acknowledges the limitations of study design and data collection leads to nonidentifiability. We argue, via a series of examples, that Bayesian interval estimation is an attractive way to proceed in this context even for frequentists, because it can be supplied with a diagnostic in the form of a calibration-sensitivity simulation analysis. We illustrate the basis for this approach in a series of theoretical considerations, simulations and an application to a study of silica exposure and lung cancer.
Statist. Sci., Volume 24, Number 3 (2009), 328-342.
First available in Project Euclid: 31 March 2010
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Gustafson, Paul; Greenland, Sander. Interval Estimation for Messy Observational Data. Statist. Sci. 24 (2009), no. 3, 328--342. doi:10.1214/09-STS305. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1270041259