Ranked Set Sampling: Ranking Error Models and Estimation of Visual Judgment Error Variance



Ranked set sampling where sampling is based on visual judgment of the differences between the sizes of pairs of units or on a concomitant variable is reviewed. An alternative model for judgment ranking based on ratios of sizes of pairs of units is presented. Computation of the variance of a visual ranked set sampling estimator of the mean of a distribution is enabled via maximum likelihood estimation of the visual judgment error variance. (© 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)