Date of Award
College of Science
Type of Degree
Dr. Laura Adkins, Committee Chairperson
Dr. Scott Sarra
Dr. Raid Al-Aqtash
Many probability models have been proposed to describe rankings. One of these is the BradleyTerry model, which is based on observed pairwise preferences. For this study, we reverse the case and propose a new approach for estimating pairwise preference probabilities based on observed rankings. The new approach uses logistic regression with zero intercept as the statistical model that fits this situation. In order to implement the model, we first estimate the parameter using maximum likelihood estimation. Then we evaluate this estimation using numerical approximation procedures. We consider three such procedures: bisection method, Newton-Raphson method, and improved Newton’s method. Using simulated data, we compare the three procedures based on the number of iterations required for convergence, as well as CPU time. We identify the improved Newton’s method as the fastest of the three methods.
Paired comparisons (Statistics)
Logistic regression analysis.
Agboola, Oluwagbenga David, "Preference Probability Based on Ranks - A New Approach Using Logistic Regression with Zero Intercept" (2018). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1166.