Testing Statistical Hypotheses Based on Fuzzy Confidence Intervals

  • Jalal Chachi Isfahan University of Technology, Iran
  • Seyed Mahmoud Taheri Isfahan University of Technology, Iran
  • Reinhard Viertl Technische Universität Wien, Austria


A fuzzy test for testing statistical hypotheses about an imprecise parameter is proposed for the case when the available data are also imprecise. The proposed method is based on the relationship between the acceptance region of statistical tests at level β and confidence intervals for the parameter of interest at confidence level 1 − β. First, a fuzzy confidence interval is constructed for the fuzzy parameter of interest. Then, using such a fuzzy confidence interval, a fuzzy test function is constructed. The obtained fuzzy
test, contrary to the classical approach, leads not to a binary decision (i.e. to reject or to accept the given null hypothesis) but to a fuzzy decision showing the degrees of acceptability of the null and alternative hypotheses. Numerical examples are given to demonstrate the theoretical results, and show the
possible applications in testing hypotheses based on fuzzy observations.


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How to Cite
Chachi, J., Taheri, S. M., & Viertl, R. (2016). Testing Statistical Hypotheses Based on Fuzzy Confidence Intervals. Austrian Journal of Statistics, 41(4), 267–286. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.17713/ajs.v41i4.168