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Distribution of the statistic?

  1. May 16, 2008 #1
    Hi all, I've been confused about this for a while. Since it wasn't mentioned in class or my textbook, it probably reflects a fundamental lack of understanding :(

    With any unbiased estimator, why is the distribution of the estimates also the distribution of the statistic?

    Eg, suppose we have 5 independent and identically distributed normal random variables with variance 1 and mean (unknown parameter).

    We observe some numbers say { 4, 5, -2 ,7 , 12}.

    and we use sample mean as the estimator for mean. The sample mean is clearly normally distributed.

    But why is this also the distribution for mean
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  3. May 16, 2008 #2
    And is it possible to have 2 different unbiased estimators for the same parameter?

    Wouldnt it not make sense to have multiple distributions of estimates for a particular parameter
    Last edited: May 16, 2008
  4. May 16, 2008 #3


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    1/I dont understand your first question.
    2/Yes, many unbiased estimators for one parameter is possible. Let x1,x2,...,xn be a sample form N(mu,sigma). Then sample mean or any xi is unbiased for mu but the have different distributions. Look up what is ment by MVUE.
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