**Robustness of GRC Designs Against Missing Observation(s)**

Arpan Bhowmik, and Mohd. Harun

ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi-110012

#ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi- 682 018

**Authors:**Anindita Datta, Seema Jaggi, Eldho Varghese#, Cini Varghese,Arpan Bhowmik, and Mohd. Harun

ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi-110012

#ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi- 682 018

**1. Introduction**

When the heterogeneity present in the experimental material is from two sources, then two-dimensional blocking or double blocking of the experimental units is recommended for control or reduction of experimental error. The two blocking systems are referred to generally as row blocking and column blocking and the resulting designs are termed as Row-Column (RC) designs. These designs are used to control variability in field and animal experiments. Most of the row-column designs developed in the literature have one unit corresponding to the intersection of each row and column. However, for the instances when the number of treatments is large with limited experimental resources, Generalized Row-Column (GRC) designs are used where there is more than one unit in each row-column intersection. GRC design is an arrangement of v treatments in p rows and q columns such that the intersection of each row and column (cell) consists of more than one unit. Consider an experiment was conducted to compare the colour intensities of apple sauce (Edmondson, 1998). The treatments consist of all combinations of 12 blends of apple sauce with 4 concentration of cinnamon. Treatments could be stored for 4 different lengths of time. A GRC design as shown below was used in which rows represented cinnamon concentrations, columns as storage times and symbols as blends.

Rows (Cinnamon Concentrations) | Columns (Storage Time) | |||

I | II | III | IV | |

I | 1 5 9 | 2 6 10 | 3 7 11 | 4 8 12 |

II | 2 7 10 | 1 8 9 | 4 5 12 | 3 6 11 |

III | 3 8 12 | 4 7 11 | 1 6 10 | 2 5 9 |

IV | 4 6 11 | 3 5 12 | 2 8 9 | 1 7 10 |

*et al.*(2010, 2016)]and Row-column designs with multiple units per cell [Datta

*et al.*(2014, 2015,2016)].

In usual practice, these trials are conducted under controlled conditions and it is assumed that there are no disturbances that occur while conducting or measuring the observations. The presence of missing observations, outliers in the data, etc. are some of the disturbances that may occur during experimentation. These disturbances may lead to wrong interpretation of results or less precise comparisons among treatments tried in the experiment. In order to overcome such situations, designs which are insensitive or robust against missing observations/ outliers are required.

**2. Methodology**

A GRC design is considered here with v treatments arranged in p rows, q columns and in each row-column intersection (i.e. cells) there are k units or plots resulting in total n= pqk experimental units or observations. The following three-way classified model with treatments, rows and columns is considered:

Y

_{l(ij)}= m + t

_{l(ij)}+ α

_{i}+ b

_{j}+ e

_{l(ij)}; i =1,2,…,p; j = 1,2,…,q; l = 1,2,…,k, ... 2.1

where Y

_{l(ij)}is the response from the l

^{th}unit corresponding to the intersection of i

^{th}row and j

^{th}column. m is the general mean, t

_{l(ij)}is the effect of the treatment appearing in the l

^{th}unit corresponding to the intersection of i

^{th}row and j

^{th}column, α

_{i}is the i

^{th}row effect and b

_{j}is the j

^{th}column effect. e

_{l(ij)}is the error term identically and independently distributed and following normal distribution with mean zero and constant variance.

A GRC design is robust against loss of observations, if the loss of efficiency of the residual design as compared to the original design is small. If C

_{d}is the information matrix for estimating the treatment effects of GRC design d and C

_{d*}is that of the residual design d* after the observations are lost, then the efficiency E of the residual design relative to the original design is given by

A GRC design is said to be robust if the efficiency of the resulting design after loss of information is more than 95%.

SAS code has been written in PROC IML to calculate the information matrix (

**C**-matrix) of treatment effects, its eigen-values and the harmonic mean of non-zero eigen-values of

**C**-matrix of original design and the residual design for GRC design.

**3. Results**

Here, the robustness of different classes of GRC designs (Bailey, 1992) against missing of one or more observations within a cell as per the efficiency criteria, as defined in methodology, has been investigated.

**We consider a design to be highly robust against missing observation(s) if the loss in efficiency of the residual design is not more than 5% and robust if the loss in efficiency of the residual design is between 5% to 10%.**

The robustness of this class of designs has been investigated against missing of some/ all observations of last column. Without loss of generality, the observations from units of last column are assumed to be missing as the columns can always be interchanged. Table 3.1 gives the parameters of the designs considered i.e., number of treatments (v ≤ 10), number of rows (p), number of columns (q), replication (r), cell size (k) and the number of observation(s) missing with the unit/ cell number of the last column from which the observation(s) are missing along with the efficiency (E) of the residual design relative to the original design.

Datta

*et al.*(2015) developed this series of GRC design for unequal cell sizes. This design is developed by using a BIB design with parameters v*, b* (even), r*, k*, λ*. The resulting design have parameters v = v*, p = 2 rows of size , q = b* columns of size v*, r = b*, k

_{1}= k*, and k

_{2}= v*- k*.

**Example 3.1:**Consider a BIB design with parameters v* = 5, b* = 10, r* = 4, k* = 2, λ* = 1. The following is a GRC design with parameters v = 5, p = 2 of size 25 each and q = 10 columns of size 5, r = 10, k

_{1}= 2 and k

_{2}= 3.

Rows | Columns | ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII | IX | X | ||||||||||||||||||||||||

I | 1 | 2 | 1 | 3 | 1 | 4 | 1 | 5 | 2 | 3 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 2 | 4 | 5 | 2 | 3 | 5 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 1 | 4 | 5 | ||||||||

II | 1 | 3 | 5 | 1 | 3 | 4 | 1 | 2 | 5 | 1 | 2 | 4 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 2 | 4 | 2 | 5 | 3 | 4 | 3 | 5 | 4 | 5 | ||||||||

**Table 3.1:**Parameters and efficiency of the residual design

S. No. | v | p | q | r | k | No. of observation missing | Unit/ Cell No. | HM (C _{d}_{)} | HM (C _{d*}) | E |

1 | 5 | 2 | 10 | 10 | 2 3 | 1 | last unit in last cell | 8.50 | 8.29 | 0.98 |

2 | 5 | 2 | 10 | 10 | 3 3 | 2 | last any two units from last cell | 8.50 | 8.17 | 0.96 |

3 | 5 | 2 | 10 | 10 | 4 3 | 3 | last cell total | 8.50 | 7.93 | 0.93 |

4 | 5 | 2 | 10 | 10 | 5 3 | 2 | last unit of each cell of last column | 8.50 | 8.01 | 0.94 |

5 | 5 | 2 | 10 | 10 | 6 3 | 5 | last unit of each cell of last column and last cell total | 8.50 | 7.69 | 0.91 |

6 | 9 | 2 | 12 | 12 | 3 6 | 1 | last unit | 12.00 | 11.86 | 0.99 |

7 | 9 | 2 | 12 | 12 | 4 6 | 2 | last any two units from last cell | 12.00 | 11.72 | 0.98 |

8 | 9 | 2 | 12 | 12 | 5 6 | 3 | last any three units from last cell | 12.00 | 11.59 | 0.97 |

9 | 9 | 2 | 12 | 12 | 6 6 | 4 | last any four units from last cell | 12.00 | 11.47 | 0.96 |

10 | 9 | 2 | 12 | 12 | 7 6 | 5 | last any five units from last cell | 12.00 | 11.34 | 0.94 |

11 | 9 | 2 | 12 | 12 | 8 6 | 6 | total last cell | 12.00 | 11.21 | 0.93 |

12 | 9 | 2 | 12 | 12 | 9 6 | 2 | last unit of each cell of last column | 12.00 | 11.73 | 0.98 |

13 | 9 | 2 | 12 | 12 | 10 6 | 9 | last unit of each cell of last column and last cell total | 12.00 | 11.09 | 0.92 |

14 | 9 | 2 | 18 | 8 | 4 5 | 1 | last unit | 18.00 | 17.86 | 0.99 |

15 | 9 | 2 | 18 | 8 | 5 5 | 2 | last any two units from last cell | 18.00 | 17.73 | 0.99 |

16 | 9 | 2 | 18 | 8 | 6 5 | 3 | any three units from last cell | 18.00 | 17.60 | 0.98 |

17 | 9 | 2 | 18 | 8 | 7 5 | 4 | last four units from last cell | 18.00 | 17.47 | 0.97 |

18 | 9 | 2 | 18 | 8 | 8 5 | 5 | total last cell | 18.00 | 17.34 | 0.96 |

19 | 9 | 2 | 18 | 8 | 9 5 | 2 | last unit of each cell of last column | 18.00 | 17.73 | 0.99 |

20 | 9 | 2 | 18 | 8 | 10 5 | 9 | last unit of each cell of last column and last cell total | 18.00 | 17.35 | 0.96 |

21 | 10 | 2 | 30 | 30 | 3 7 | 1 | last unit in last cell | 29.76 | 29.64 | 1.00 |

22 | 10 | 2 | 30 | 30 | 4 7 | 2 | last two units from last cell | 29.76 | 29.52 | 0.99 |

23 | 10 | 2 | 30 | 30 | 5 7 | 3 | last any three units from last cell | 29.76 | 29.40 | 0.99 |

24 | 10 | 2 | 30 | 30 | 6 7 | 4 | last any four units from last cell | 29.76 | 29.29 | 0.98 |

25 | 10 | 2 | 30 | 30 | 7 7 | 5 | last any five units from last cell | 29.76 | 29.19 | 0.98 |

26 | 10 | 2 | 30 | 30 | 8 7 | 6 | last any six units from last cell | 29.76 | 29.09 | 0.98 |

27 | 10 | 2 | 30 | 30 | 9 7 | 7 | last cell total | 29.76 | 28.95 | 0.97 |

28 | 10 | 2 | 30 | 30 | 10 7 | 2 | last unit of each cell of last column | 29.76 | 29.53 | 0.99 |

29 | 10 | 2 | 30 | 30 | 11 7 | 8 | last unit of each cell of last column and last cell total | 29.76 | 28.84 | 0.97 |

**4. Conclusion**

The series of GRC designs investigated are found to be robust against loss of observations. There is a decreasing trend in efficiency with increase in number of missing observations. In fact, the intensity or the consequences depends upon the size of the design. It can be seen that smaller designs are more affected by the missing observations.

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