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A comparably robust approach to estimate the left-censored data of trace elements in Swedish groundwater
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Statistics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Groundwater data in this thesis, which is taken from the database of Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning, characterizes chemical and quantitative status of groundwater in Sweden. The data usually is recorded with only quantification limits when it is below certain values. Accordingly, this thesis is aiming at handling such kind of data. The thesis considers this topic by using the EM algorithm to get the results from maximum likelihood estimation. Consequently, estimations of distributions on censored data of trace elements are expounded on. Related simulations show that the estimation is acceptable.

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groundwater, left-censored data, the EM algorithm, maximum likelihood estimation
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Probability Theory and Statistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175833OAI: diva2:533235
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Master Programme in Statistics
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2012-06-25 Created: 2012-06-13 Last updated: 2012-06-25Bibliographically approved

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