#### Abstract

This paper presents new classes of estimators in estimating the finite population mean under double sampling in the presence of nonresponse when using information on fractional raw moments. The expressions for mean square error of the proposed classes of estimators are derived up to the first degree of approximation. It is shown that a proposed class of estimators performs better than the usual mean estimator, ratio type estimators, and Singh and Kumar (2009) estimator. An empirical study is carried out to demonstrate the performance of a proposed class of estimators.

#### 1. Introduction

Generally almost all surveys suffer from the problem of nonresponse. Lack of information, absence at the time of survey, and refusal of the respondent are the main causes of nonresponse. Hansen and Hurwitz [1] suggested a procedure of taking a subsample from the nonrespondent and collecting information by a more expensive method like first attempt by mail questionnaire and second attempt by personal interview. In estimation of population parameters like mean, total, and ratio, the auxiliary information is some time incorporated with the study variable to improve the efficiency of the estimators. Cochran [2], Rao [3, 4], Khare and Srivastava [5–7], Okafor and Lee [8], Tabasum and Khan [9, 10], Sodipo and Obisesan [11], Singh and Kumar [12–14], and Singh et al. [15] have studied the problem of nonresponse under double sampling using the auxiliary information. Dubey and Uprety [16] used second raw moments for efficient estimation of population means in the presence of nonresponse. Al-Hossain and Khan [17] used maximum and minimum values of population for improved estimation of population mean.

In double sampling, a large sample of size say is selected by simple random sample without replacement (SRSWOR) sampling scheme, at first phase from a population , and then a smaller sample of size say (that is ) is also selected by SRSWOR at the second phase or directly from . Nonresponse occurs on the second phase sample of size in which units respond and units do not. From the nonrespondents, by SRSWOR a subsample of units is selected, where is the inverse sampling rate at the second phase sample of size . All the units are assumed to respond this time round. The auxiliary information can be used at the estimation stage to compensate for units selected for the sample that fail to provide adequate responses and for population units missing from the sampling frame. For example, in a manufacturing survey, the number of labourers can be used as an auxiliary variable for the estimation of items produced in bales. Information can be obtained completely on the number of labourers while there may be nonresponse on the amount of item produced in bales.

Hansen and Hurwitz [1] proposed an unbiased estimator of the population mean given by where for ; and .

The variance of unbiased estimator is given by where , , and .

Let and be the population means of respondents and nonrespondents, respectively, and let be the mean of whole population mean.

Generally the auxiliary information can be used to increase the precision of the estimators for estimating the population mean . Auxiliary information can be transformed to enhance the precision of estimation even further. Let us denote the auxiliary information by variable and a transformation of the auxiliary variable in the form of raw moments by , where . Further, we assume that . The variables and take values and , on th unit of population.

Unbiased estimators for the population mean and th raw moments of the population are given by where , , , and are the sample means and sample th raw moments of respondents and nonrespondents of population based on a sample of size and a subsample of size . The corresponding population means and population th raw moments of the respondents and nonrespondents are given by , , , and , respectively.

Now the variances of and are given by where and and where and .

Now we define the relative error terms.

Let such that , : Here and are, respectively, the correlation coefficients of respondent and nonrespondent groups to their respective subscripts. Let and be the coefficients of variation of their respective subscripts for the respondent and nonrespondent groups, respectively. Similarly we define

#### 2. A Proposed Class of Estimators

We propose a general class of estimators which utilizes th raw moments along with auxiliary information under double sampling scheme. The estimator covers all situations of nonresponse; for instance, there may be nonresponse on both the study variable and the auxiliary variable and in other cases there may be complete response on the auxiliary variable and incomplete response on study variable.

Singh and Kumar [13] proposed the following class of estimators: where , , and are population parameters, and and are constants to be determined and are selected so that mean square error of becomes minimum. The bias () and mean square error () of , to the first degree of approximation, are, respectively, given by where .

The mean square error of for optimum values of and , that is, and , is given by Similarly, we propose an estimator using th raw moments, given by where and ; and are constants; and are known population parameters.

Replacing in (9) by from (12), we suggest the following estimator: Now expressing in terms of ’s, we have where .

We assume that for , such that the right hand side of (14) is expandable. Solving (14), we have Taking expectation of (15), the bias of to the first degree of approximation is given by Squaring both sides of (15) and neglecting ’s involving power greater than two and then taking expectation, we get mean square error of the suggested class of estimators to the first degree of approximation as From (17) the optimum values of , and are given by Substituting the optimum values of , and in (17) and using the identity we get the optimum mean square error of , given by Similarly the bias and mean square error of given in (12) can be deduced from (16) and (17) by putting , given by The mean square error of for optimum values of and is given by

#### 3. Some Members of the Proposed Family of Estimators

In Table 1, we give some members of a proposed family of estimators.

For , the estimators given in Table 1 reduce to usual ratio and product type estimators.

The biases and mean square errors of the estimators for , to the first degree of approximation are given in Table 2.

#### 4. Efficiency Comparison

A proposed class of estimators will perform better than the following:(i)usual unbiased estimator if (ii)the usual ratio estimator if (iii)the ratio estimator if (iv)the ratio estimator if (v)the ratio estimator if (vi)the ratio estimator if (vii)the ratio estimator if (viii)the ratio estimator if (ix)the ratio estimator if (x)the ratio estimator if (xi)the ratio estimator if (xii)the Singh and Kumar [13] estimator if

##### 4.1. Comparison of Proposed Estimator with the Singh and Kumar [13] Estimator

Comparison of a proposed estimator with other estimators given in Table 1 will yield similar expressions already derived by Singh and Kumar [13].(i)For optimum values of the constant involved will be more efficient than ; that is, if (ii)Further will be more efficient than ; that is, if Equations (37) and (39) are obviously true.

#### 5. Empirical Study

We use the following data set for comparison.

##### 5.1. Source (See [18])

Let be the output of the factory and let be the number of workers working in the factory. We randomly select a sample of size 20 from population of size 80 and considered this as the stratum of nonrespondents. For this population, we have , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

#### 6. Discussion of Results

The results based on above data set are given in Tables 3, 4 and 5. For in (13), the estimator reduces to the Singh and Kumar [13] estimator and for in (13), both and also have the same mean square error equal to mean square error of Singh and Kumar [13] estimator. From efficiency point of view the performances of all the ratio type estimators given in Table 3 are poor for . Further the estimators, , , and (for optimum value), are equally efficient for . Efficiency of the considered estimators decreases with an increase in inverse sampling rate , except , , and where it increased.

Further for , efficiency of considered estimators decreases with an increase in inverse sampling rate but for , , and (as they deal with the case when there is incomplete information on the study variable and complete information on the auxiliary variable), it increased. Efficiency increased dramatically for all considered ratio type estimators for values of . As the value of decreases, efficiency increases and reaches the maximum at and then again starts decreasing. The performance of the suggested class of estimators and is better than all considered estimators for different combination of and . The estimator is the best among all considered estimators and is preferable to use it.

#### 7. Conclusion

In the present study auxiliary information has been used for enhancing the efficiency of estimators of finite population mean. Ratio, product, regression, and modification of these estimators are example of estimators which utilize auxiliary information. It is well established that ratio and product estimators are conditionally relatively more efficient than mean per unit estimator. Using fractional raw moments of auxiliary variable helps relaxing the efficiency condition and as a result the efficiency of ratio and product type estimators increases in the presence of nonresponse. The relative efficiency of the estimators of finite population mean can further be increased by making a combined use of fractional raw moments and mean of the auxiliary variable. We suggest using fractional raw moments of auxiliary variable, if available, in order to estimate the finite population mean more precisely.

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgment

This project was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR) at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, under Grant no. 130-212-D1435. The authors, therefore, acknowledge with thanks DSR technical and financial support.