(Received October 5, 1992; revised August 6, 1993)
Abstract. The nonparametric problem of estimating a variance based on a sample of size n from a univariate distribution which has a known bounded range but is otherwise arbitrary is treated. For squared error loss, a certain linear function of the sample variance is seen to be minimax for each n from 2 through 13, except n = 4. For squared error loss weighted by the reciprocal of the variance, a constant multiple of the sample variance is minimax for each n from 2 through 11. The least favorable distribution for these cases gives probability one to the Bernoulli distributions.
Key words and phrases: Admissible, minimax, nonparametric, linear estimator, moment conditions.
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