Prof. Sat Gupta - University of North Carolina
Fri 05 Apr 2019, 12:05 - 13:00
JCMB 5323

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RRT (Randomized Response Technique, Warner (1965), JASA) Models are commonly used in surveys where we ask sensitive questions. In an RRT model, a respondent is asked to provide a scrambled response. An Optional RRT model (Gupta et al. (2002), JSPI) is a variation of the usual RRT model where only those respondents provide a scrambled response who consider the question sensitive. Others provide a truthful response. However, the researcher does not who provided what kind of response. The principal idea here is that a question may be sensitive for one respondent but not for another, so why force everyone to provide a scrambled response.

In this study, our primary focus is on examining if using optional RRT models as opposed to non-optional RRT models for mean estimation of a sensitive variable when measurement errors are present, produces more efficient estimators. A unified measure of model efficiency and respondent privacy will be used in this comparison.