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Estimation of parameters of the 3-component mixture of Pareto distributions using type-I right censoring under Bayesian paradigm

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Muhammad Tahir ,

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Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Government College University, Faisalabad 38000, Pakistan.
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Muhammad Aslam,

PK
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Department of Basic Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan.
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Zawar Hussain

PK
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Department of Statistics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan.
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Abstract

As compared to simple probability models, a mixture model of some suitable lifetime distributions may be more capable of capturing the heterogeneity of nature. In this study, a 3-component mixture of Pareto distributions was investigated by considering the type-I right censoring scheme to obtain data from a heterogeneous population. First, considering a Bayesian structure, some mathematical properties of the 3-component mixture of Pareto distributions are discussed. These mathematical properties include Bayes estimators and posterior risks for the unknown component and proportion parameters using the uninformative (uniform and Jeffreys’) and informative (gamma) priors under squared error loss and DeGroot loss functions. Then, the performance of the Bayes estimators for different sample sizes and test termination times under different loss functions were examined. In addition, limiting expressions of Bayes estimators and posterior risks are derived. Finally, the superiority of the Bayes estimators was established through a simulation study and a real life example.

How to Cite: Tahir, M., Aslam, M. & Hussain, Z., (2016). Estimation of parameters of the 3-component mixture of Pareto distributions using type-I right censoring under Bayesian paradigm. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka. 44(3), pp.329–345. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v44i3.8013
Published on 28 Sep 2016.
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