Two estimation problems are studied based on the general progressively censored samples, and the distributions from the inverted scale family (ISF) are considered as prospective life distributions. One is the exact interval estimation for the unknown parameter
, which is achieved by constructing the pivotal quantity. Through Monte Carlo simulations, the average
confidence intervals are obtained, and the validity of the above interval estimation is illustrated with a numerical example. The other is the estimation of
in the case of ISF. The maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) as well as approximate maximum likelihood estimator (AMLE) is obtained, together with the corresponding R-symmetric asymptotic confidence intervals. With Bootstrap methods, we also propose two R-asymmetric confidence intervals, which have a good performance for small samples. Furthermore, assuming the scale parameters follow independent gamma priors, the Bayesian estimator as well as the HPD credible interval of R
is thus acquired. Finally, we make an evaluation on the effectiveness of the proposed estimations through Monte Carlo simulations and provide an illustrative example of two real datasets.
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