14. Sample Size

  1. Giovanni Parmigiani1 and
  2. Lurdes Y. T. Inoue2

Published Online: 1 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746684.ch14

Decision Theory

Decision Theory

How to Cite

Parmigiani, G. and Inoue, L. Y. T. (2009) Sample Size, in Decision Theory, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470746684.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

  2. 2

    University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Walter A. Shewhart and
  2. Samuel S. Wilks

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496571

Online ISBN: 9780470746684



  • sample size;
  • common decisions in statistical practice - choice of sample size for study;
  • decision-theoretic approaches to sample size;
  • sample size as decision problem;
  • Bayes and minimax optimal sample size;
  • minimax paradox;
  • goal sampling;
  • two-action problem with linear utility;
  • Lindley information for exponential data


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Decision-theoretic approaches to sample size

  • Computing

  • Examples

  • Exercises