Pairs of successes in Bernoulli trials and a new n-estimator for the binomial distribution
The problem of estimating the number, n, of trials, given a sequence of k independent success counts obtained by replicating the n-trial experiment is reconsidered in this paper. In contrast to existing methods it is assumed here that more information than usual is available: not only the numbers of successes are given but also the number of pairs of consecutive successes. This assumption is realistic in a class of problems of spatial statistics. There typically k = 1, in which case the classical estimators cannot be used. The quality of the new estimator is analysed and, for k > 1, compared with that of a classical n-estimator. The theoretical basis for this is the distribution of the number of success pairs in Bernoulli trials, which can be determined by an elementary Markov chain argument.