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Brent D. Burch
Ian R. Harris

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A family of point estimators is presented for the intraclass correlation coefficient (or heritability) in the balanced one-way random effects model. The family is obtained by equating a pivotal quantity to different values of the pivoting distribution, and includes the familiar ML and REML estimators. In terms of mean-squared error, most members of the family of estimators are admissible within the family. A sire model is used to illustrate the estimation of heritability. The authors provide guidance concerning the choice of an individual member of the family for estimation purposes and indicate how the method can be extended to unbalanced designs.

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USING CONFIDENCE INTERVALS TO OBTAIN A FAMILY OF ESTIMATORS OF THE INTRACLASS CORRELATION COEFFICIENT (OR HERITABILITY)

A family of point estimators is presented for the intraclass correlation coefficient (or heritability) in the balanced one-way random effects model. The family is obtained by equating a pivotal quantity to different values of the pivoting distribution, and includes the familiar ML and REML estimators. In terms of mean-squared error, most members of the family of estimators are admissible within the family. A sire model is used to illustrate the estimation of heritability. The authors provide guidance concerning the choice of an individual member of the family for estimation purposes and indicate how the method can be extended to unbalanced designs.