(Received October 29, 1990; revised April 16, 1992)
Abstract. A general ratio estimator of a population total is proposed as an approximation to the estimator introduced by Srivastava (1985, Bull. Internat. Statist. Inst., 51(10.3), 1-16). This estimator incorporates additional information gathered during the survey in a new way. Statistical properties of the general ratio estimator are given and its relationship to the estimator proposed by Srivastava is explored. A special kind of general ratio estimator is suggested and it turns out to be very efficient in a simulation study when compared to several other commonly used estimators.
Key words and phrases: Finite population sampling, sample weight function, linear model, regression estimator, the Horvitz-Thompson estimator.
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