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Applications of the Fractional-Random-Weight Bootstrap

William Q. Meeker, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Iowa State University

Chris Gotwalt, PhD, JMP Director of Statistical Research and Development, SAS


This presentation was voted Best Invited Paper.


For several decades, the bootstrap, based on resampling, has been a widely used method for computing trustworthy confidence intervals for applications where no exact method is available and when sample sizes are not large enough to be able to rely on easy-to-compute large-sample approximate methods, such as Wald (normal-approximation) confidence intervals. There are, however, many applications where the resampling bootstrap method cannot be used. These include situations where the data are heavily censored, logistic regression when the “success” response is a rare event or where there is limited mixing of successes and failures across the explanatory variable(s), and designed experiments where the number of parameters is close to the number of observations. The thing that these three situations have in common is that there may be a substantial proportion of the resamples where it is not possible to estimate all of the parameters in the model. This talk will show how the fractional random weight bootstrap method, implemented in JMP Pro, can avoid these problems and provide trustworthy confidence intervals.

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