AISM 54, 796-805
© 2002 ISM

On a multiparameter version of Tukey's linear sensitivity measure and its properties

B. Chandrasekar1 and N. Balakrishnan2

1Department of Statistics, Loyola College, Chennai- 600 034, Tamilnadu, India
2Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4K1

(Received May 29, 2001; revised December 13, 2001)

Abstract.    A multiparameter version of Tukey's (1965, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 53, 127-134) linear sensitivity measure, as a measure of informativeness in the joint distribution of a given set of random variables, is proposed. The proposed sensitivity measure, under some conditions, is a matrix which is non-negative definite, weakly additive, monotone and convex. Its relation to Fisher information matrix and the best linear unbiased estimator (BLUE) are investigated. The results are applied to the location-scale model and it is observed that the dispersion matrix of the BLUE of the vector location-scale parameter is the inverse of the sensitivity measure. A similar property was established by Nagaraja (1994, Ann. Inst. Statist. Math., 46, 757-768) for the single parameter case when applied to the location and scale models. Two illustrative examples are included.

Key words and phrases:    BLUE, Fisher information, location-scale model, multiparameter, sensitivity measure.

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