Canadian Journal of Statistics

Combining information from multiple surveys through the empirical likelihood method

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It is often desirable to combine information collected in compatible multiple surveys in order to improve estimation and meet consistency requirements. Zieschang (1990) and Renssen & Nieuwenbroek (1997) suggested to this end the use of the generalized regression estimator with enlarged number of auxiliary variables. Unfortunately, adjusted weights associated with their approach can be negative. The author uses the notion of pseudo empirical likelihood to construct new estimators that are consistent, efficient and possess other attractive properties. The proposed approach is asymptotically equivalent to the earlier one, but it has clear maximum likelihood interpretations and its adjusted weights are always positive. The author also provides efficient algorithms for computing his estimators.

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