Discrete Compound Tests and Dorfman’s Methodology in the Presence of Misclassification

  • Rui SantosEmail author
  • João Paulo Martins
  • Miguel Felgueiras
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 136)


Compound tests can be used to save resources for classification or estimation purposes in clinical trials and quality control. Nevertheless, the methodologies that are usually applied are restricted to qualitative group tests. Moreover, when quantitative compound tests are applied the problem is to ascertain whether the amount of some substance of any individual in the group is greater or lower than a prefixed threshold. An overview of the applications of the discrete compound tests highlights the advantages (to save resources) and disadvantages (higher probability of misclassification), and suggests criteria to assess the suitability of applying Dorfman’s methodology.


Compound tests Misclassification Simulation Quality measure 



The authors thank the referees for their very useful comments. Research partially sponsored by national funds through the Fundação Nacional para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal — FCT under the projects PEst-OE/MAT/UI0006/2011 and PEst-OE/MAT/UI0006/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rui Santos
    • 1
    Email author
  • João Paulo Martins
    • 1
  • Miguel Felgueiras
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Technology and Management, CEAUL — Center of Statistics and Its ApplicationsPolytechnic Institute of LeiriaLeiriaPortugal
  2. 2.School of Technology and Management, CEAUL — Center of Statistics and Its Applications, CIIC— Computer Science and Communications Research Centre of Polytechnic Institute of LeiriaPolytechnic Institute of LeiriaLeiriaPortugal

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