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In testing statistical hypotheses, as in other statistical problems, we may be confronted with fuzzy concepts. This paper deals with the problem of testing hypotheses, when the hypotheses are fuzzy and the data are crisp. We first give new definitions for notion of mass (density) probability function with fuzzy parameter, probability of type I and type II errors and then state and prove the sequential probability ratio test, on the basis of these new errors, for testing fuzzy hypotheses. Numerical examples are also provided to illustrate the approach.

In testing statistical hypotheses, as in other statistical problems, we may be confronted with fuzzy concepts. This paper deals with the problem of testing hypotheses, when the hypotheses are fuzzy and the data are crisp. We first give new definitions for notion of mass (density) probability function with fuzzy parameter, probability of type I and type II errors and then state and prove the sequential probability ratio test, on the basis of these new errors, for testing fuzzy hypotheses. Numerical examples are also provided to illustrate the approach.

Statistical analysis, in traditional form, is based on crispness of data, random variable, point estimation, hypotheses, parameter and so on. As there are many different situations in which the above mentioned concepts are imprecise. On the other hand, the theory of fuzzy sets is a well known tool for formulation and analysis of imprecise and subjective concepts. Therefore the sequential probability ratio test with fuzzy hypotheses can be important. The problem of statistical inference in fuzzy environments are developed in different approaches.

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In present work, we first define a new approach for obtaining the probability (density) function, when the random variable is crisp and the parameter of interest is imprecise (fuzzy). Also, the type I and type II errors are introduced based on fuzzy hypotheses. Then, the sequential probability ratio test (SPRT) is defined and extended based on such hypotheses.

We organize the matter in the following way:

In section 2 we describe some basic concepts of fuzzy hypotheses, density (Mass) probability function with fuzzy parameter and necessary definitions. In section 3 we come up sequential probability ratio test based on fuzzy hypotheses. In section 4 the previous definitions and the sequential probability ratio test will be illustrated by examples.

In this section we describe fuzzy hypotheses, density (Mass) probability function with fuzzy parameter and necessary definitions.

Let be a probability space, a random variable (RV) is a measurable function from to, where is the probability measure induced by and is called the distribution of the RV, i.e.,

If is dominated by a finite measure, i.e. then by the Radon-Nikodym theorem (Billingsley, [

where is the Radon-Nikodym derivative of with respect to and is called the probability density function of with respect to. In a statistical context, the measure is usually a “counting measure” or a “Lebesgue measure”, hence is

or, respectively.

Let be the “support” or “sample space” of, then a fuzzy subset of is defined by its membership function. We denote by the cut set of and is the closure of the set, and

1) is called a normal fuzzy set if there exists such that;

2) is called a convex fuzzy set if for all;

3) is called a fuzzy number if is a normal convex fuzzy set and its cut sets, are bounded;

4) is called a closed fuzzy number if is a fuzzy number and its membership function is upper semicontinuous;

5) is called a bounded fuzzy number if is a fuzzy number and the support of its membership function is compact.

If is a closed and bounded fuzzy number with and and its membership function be strictly increasing on the interval and strictly decreasing on the interval , then is called a canonical fuzzy number (Klir and Yuan, [

The fuzzy canonical numbers (such as triangular or trapezoidal fuzzy numbers) are very realistic in fuzzy set theory, so we use this numbers for our goal.

We define some models, as fuzzy sets of real numbers, for modeling the extended versions of the simple, the one-sided, and the two-sided ordinary (crisp) hypotheses to the fuzzy ones.

Testing statistical hypothesis is a main branch of statistical inference. Typically, a statistical hypothesis is an assertion about the probability distribution of one or more random variable(s). Traditionally, all statisticians assume the hypothesis for which we wish provide a test are well-defined. This limitation, sometimes, force the statistician to make decision procedure in an unrealistic manner. This is because in realistic problems, we may come across non-precise (fuzzy) hypothesis. For example, suppose that is the proportion of a population which have a disease. We take a random sample of elements and study the sample for having some idea about. In crisp hypothesis testing, one uses the hypotheses of the form: versus or versus, and so on. However, we would sometimes like to test more realistic hypotheses. In this example, more realistic expressions about would be considered as: “small”, “very small”, “large”, “approximately 0.2”, “essentially larger” and so on. Therefore, more realistic formulation of the hypotheses might be is small, versus is not small. We call such expressions as fuzzy hypotheses.

We define some models, as fuzzy sets of real numbers, for modeling the extended versions of the simple, the one-sided, and the two-sided crisp hypotheses to the fuzzy ones (Akbari and Rezaei, [

Definition 2.1 Let be a real number and known.

1) Any hypothesis of the form is called to be a fuzzy simple hypothesis.

2) Any hypothesis of the form is called to be a fuzzy two-sided hypothesis.

3) Any hypothesis of the form

is called to be a fuzzy right one-sided hypothesis.

4) Any hypothesis of the form

is called to be a fuzzy left one-sided hypothesis.

We denote the above definitions by

Let is a RV and let be the “support” or “sample” space of and

where is the membership function of canonical fuzzy hypothesis and is its -cuts.

We call the new density as the fuzzy probability density (mass) function (FPDF) of (Akbari and Rezaei [

(substitute the summation by integral in discrete cases).

Let be arbitrary function in. Then we define

Let be a random sample, with observed value, where has the FPDF with unknown. For testing

we state the following definitions:

Definition 2.2 Let be a test function. The probability of type I error of is

and the probability of type II error of is

.

Definition 2.3 A teat is said to be a test of level if, where.

we call the size of.

Consider testing a null fuzzy hypothesis against a alternative fuzzy hypothesis. In other words, suppose a sample can be drawn from one of two FPDFs and it is desired to test that the sample came from one distribution against the possibility that is came from the other. If denotes the random variables, we want to test

versus. The simple likelihood-ratio test was of the following form:

The sequential test that we propose to consider employs the likelihood-ratios sequentially. Define

for and compute sequentially for fixed and satisfying, adopt the following procedure: take observation and compute; if, reject; if, accept; and if, take observation, and compute. If, reject; if, accept; and if, take observation, and etc. The idea is to continue sampling as long as and stop as soon as or, rejecting if and accepting if. The critical region of the described sequential test can be define as, where

Similarly, the acceptance region can be defined as, where

When we considered the simple likelihood-ratio test for fixed sample size, we determined so that the test would have preassigned size. We know want to determine and so that the sequential probability ratio test will have preassigned and for its respective sizes of type I and type II errors. Note that

and

where, as before, is a shortened notation for.

For fixed and, the above equations are two equations in the two unknown and. A solution of these two equations would give the sequential probability ratio test having the desired preassigned error sizes and. As might be anticipated, the actual determination of and from above equations can be a major computational project.

We note that the sample size of a sequential probability ratio test is a random variable. The procedure says to continue sampling until first falls outside the interval. The actual sample size then depend on which s observed; it is a function of the random variables and consequently is itself a RV. Denote it by. Ideally, we would like to know the distribution of or at least the expectation of. One way of assessing the performance of the sequential probability ratio test would be to evaluate the expected sample size that is required under each hypothesis. The following lemma, given without proof (Lehmann, [

Lemma 3.1 The sequential probability ratio test with error sizes and minimizes both and among all tests which satisfy the following:

,

, and the expected sample size is finite.

We noted above that the determination of and that defines that particular sequential probability ratio test which has error sizes and is in general computationally quite difficult. The following lemma (with simple proof) gives an approximation to and.

Lemma 3.2 Let and be defined so that the sequential probability ratio test corresponding to and has error sizes and; then and can be approximated by, say and, where

Lemma 3.3 Let and be the error sizes of the sequential probability ratio test defined by and given in before lemma. Then.

Naturally, one would prefer to use that sequential probability ratio test having the desired preassigned error sizes and; however, since it is difficult to to find the and corresponding to such a sequential probability ratio test, instead one can use that sequential probability ratio test defined by and of before equation and be assured that the the sum of the error sizes and is less than or equal to the sum of the desired error sizes and.

The procedure used in performing a sequential probability ratio test is to continue sampling as long as and stop sampling as soon as or

. If, an equivalent test is given by the following: continue sampling as long as, and stop sampling as soon as or. As before, let be a RV denoting the sample size of the sequential probability ratio test, and let.

If the sequential probability ratio test leads to rejection of, then the RV, but is close to since first became less than or equal to at the th observation; hence

. Similarly; hence

, where. Using Walds equation (Casella and Berger, [

we obtain

and

In this section, we illustrate the proposed approach for some distributions and use the ability of package “Maple 6” [

Example 4.1 (Taheri and Behboodian, [

we want to test

where the membership functions and are defined in the following way:

We can interpret and as the value of

“” and “”.

Let and. We obtain,. Hence,

, and we must takewhereas, thus we take.

Example 4.2 Let be a random sample where population, i.e.,

and s are our fuzzy hypotheses with membership functions given by:

We can interpret and as the value of “” and “”.

Let. Hence, , and we must take, whereas, thus we take.

Example 4.3 Let be a random sample where population, i.e.,

and s are our triangular fuzzy parameters with membership functions

for.

We can interpret the canonical parameters as having values that are “near to”.

Let, , and. Hence, , and we must takewhereas, thus we take.

Example 4.4 Let be a RV from the population, i.e.,

and s are our trapezoidal fuzzy parameters with membership functions given by:

for.

Let, and. If, then, and we must take, whereas, thus we take.

In this paper, an new approach for sequential test of fuzzy hypotheses based on fuzzy hypotheses for onesample and two-sample when the available data are crisp, is presented. As for this paper, it sound the introduced method is very simple and applicable in the statistics and other sciences.

Extension of the proposed method to test the variance, correlation and parameters of linear models (regression models), design of experiment is a potential area for the future work. Furthermore, we can construct sequential test of fuzzy hypotheses based on intuitionistic fuzzy hypotheses or fuzzy data for the parameters of interest.

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