Efficient bootstrap for business surveys - ARCHIVED

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has recently developed a generalized estimation system for processing its large scale annual and sub-annual business surveys. Designs for these surveys have a large number of strata, use Simple Random Sampling within Strata, have non-negligible sampling fractions, are overlapping in consecutive periods, and are subject to frame changes. A significant challenge was to choose a variance estimation method that would best meet the following requirements: valid for a wide range of estimators (e.g., ratio and generalized regression), requires limited computation time, can be easily adapted to different designs and estimators, and has good theoretical properties measured in terms of bias and variance. This paper describes the Without Replacement Scaled Bootstrap (WOSB) that was implemented at the ABS and shows that it is appreciably more efficient than the Rao and Wu (1988)'s With Replacement Scaled Bootstrap (WSB). The main advantages of the Bootstrap over alternative replicate variance estimators are its efficiency (i.e., accuracy per unit of storage space) and the relative simplicity with which it can be specified in a system. This paper describes the WOSB variance estimator for point-in-time and movement estimates that can be expressed as a function of finite population means. Simulation results obtained as part of the evaluation process show that the WOSB was more efficient than the WSB, especially when the stratum sample sizes are sometimes as small as 5.

Issue Number: 2007002
Author(s): Chipperfield, James; Preston, John

Main Product: Survey Methodology

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PDFJanuary 3, 2008