Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Sergei Kuznetsov

Second Advisor

Janos Englander

Third Advisor

Judith Packer

Fourth Advisor

Martin Walter

Fifth Advisor

Jem Corcoran


This thesis extends work on finding optimal estimates of Pt, both in the case where P is a scalar, and when P is a matrix. In the scalar case, we present a formula for minimum variance unbiased estimates of Pt, given k independent observations of the scalar P. We discuss the generalization to the matrix case, and compare the new estimate to the unbiased estimate presented by Kuznetsov and Orlov. We compare the estimates in terms of variance and computation. This comparison is done both theoretically and computationally.

B1_original_eqn_t12_neatened.nb (72 kB)
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B2_fixed_t_verification_neat.nb (15 kB)
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B3_fixed_t_variance_formula_new_s2_final.nb (10 kB)
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B4_fixed_t_variance_efficiency.nb (8 kB)
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B5_fixed_t_variance_efficiency_rec.nb (13 kB)
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B7_check_matrix_timing.nb (20 kB)
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B8_check_matrix_k3t6_efficiency.nb (26 kB)
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