German Tanks: A Problem in Estimation

  • German Tanks: A Problem in Estimation

    David Flaspoher, Ann Dinkheller
    Estimation is covered extensively in elementary statistics courses. The example discussed in this article describes a real-world situation and a simulation of that problem in which the selection of a suitable estimate is less apparent. This problem can be used at various levels. In a more elementary setting, the problem is useful to describe the concept of estimation. An advanced class can use the problem to discuss unbiasedness, minimum variance, and best estimates. At any level, the problem furnishes an excellent opportunity to make connections to the social studies curriculum and demonstrates an application of statistical techniques.