Optimal designs of dose levels in order to estimate parameters from a model for binary response data have a long and rich history. These designs are based on parametric models. Here we consider fully nonparametric models with interest focused on estimation of smooth functionals using plug-in estimators based on the nonparametric maximum likelihood estimator. An important application of the results is the derivation of the optimal choice of the monitoring time distribution function for current status observation of a survival distribution. The optimal choice depends in a simple way on the dose response function and the form of the functional. The results can be extended to allow dependence of the monitoring mechanism on covariates.


Categorical Data Analysis | Statistical Methodology | Statistical Theory | Survival Analysis