Improved Confidence Intervals for a Coefficient of Variation of a Normal Distribution

  • Wararit Panichkitkosolkul Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Thammasat University, Phathum Thani, 12121, Thailand.
Keywords: coefficient of variation, confidence interval, coverage probability, expected length

Abstract

This paper presents a new confidence interval for a coefficient of variation of a normal distribution. The proposed confidence interval is constructed by replacing the typical sample coefficient of variation in Vangel’s confidence interval with the maximum likelihood estimator. Monte Carlo simulation is used to investigate the behavior of this new confidence interval compared to the existing confidence intervals based on their coverage probabilities and expected lengths. Simulation results have shown that all cases of the new confidence interval have desired minimum coverage probabilities of 0.95 and 0.90. Moreover, this new one is better than the existing confidence intervals in terms of the expected length for all sample sizes and parameter values considered in this paper.
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