Mathematical properties and finite-population correction for the Wilson score interval

09/26/2021 ∙ by Ben O'Neill, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper we examine the properties of the Wilson score interval, used for inferences for an unknown binomial proportion parameter. We examine monotonicity and consistency properties of the interval and we generalise it to give two alternative forms for inferences undertaken in a finite population. We discuss the nature of the "finite population correction" in these generalised intervals and examine their monotonicity and consistency properties. This analysis gives the appropriate confidence interval for an unknown population proportion or unknown unsampled proportion in a finite or infinite population. We implement the generalised confidence interval forms in a user-friendly function in R.

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