Seminar Announcement

Decision-theoretic aspects of meta-analysis

Andrew L. Rukhin

Statistical Engineering Division

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Engr 4201 (Computer science conference room)  

 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Time: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Date: Friday, Apr 12, 2013 



Decision-theoretic approach is applied to the random-effects model of meta-analysis.

A canonical representation of the restricted likelihood function is obtained. The relationship between the mean effect estimators and the heterogeneity variance estimators is explored via this representation. An explicit form of the variance of weighted means statistics  determined by means of a quadratic form is found. The behavior of the mean squared error for large heterogeneity variance is elucidated. It is noted that the sample mean is not admissible nor minimax when the number of studies is larger than three.

Yunpeng Zhao, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Statistics
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Engineering Building, Room 1719, MS 4A7
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Phone: 703-993-1674
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