Two distribution free estimators are proposed to estimate the mean of a dependent variable after fitting a semiparametric two-part heteroscedastic regression model to a transformation of the dependent variable. We show that the proposed estimators are consistent and have asymptotic normal distributions. We also compare their finite-sample performance in a simulation study. Finally, we illustrate the proposed methods in a real-world example of predicting in-patient health care costs.


Health Services Research | Statistical Methodology | Statistical Models | Statistical Theory

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October 14, 2003