Asymptotic properties of several estimators of interclass correlation from familial data are examined in the case of a variable number of siblings per family. After showing that the usual sib-mean estimator is not consistent, a modified sib-mean estimator is proposed. Asymptotic distributions of estimators are derived and a test procedure is provided for a certain testing problem concerning interclass correlation. Several estimators are compared in the various mean number of siblings per family, using asymptotic mean square errors.
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Interclass correlation familial data consistent estimator asymptotic distribution
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