This function returns a list with one element in it which is the estimate of the variance component in the Fay Herriot Model using residual maximum likelihood method. The estimates are obtained as a solution of equations known as REML equations. The solution is obtained numerically using Fisherscoring algorithm. For more details please see the package vignette and the references. Note that our function does not accept any missing values.
1  resimaxilikelihood(response, designmatrix, sampling.var,maxiter)

response 
a numeric vector. It represents the response or the observed value in the Fay Herriot Model 
designmatrix 
a numeric matrix. The first column is a column of ones(also called the intercept). The other columns consist of observations of each of the covariates or the explanatory variable in Fay Herriot Model. 
sampling.var 
a numeric vector consisting of the known sampling variances of each of the small area levels. 
maxiter 
maximum number of iterations of fisher scoring 
For more details see the package vignette
estimate 
estimate of the variance component 
Abhishek Nandy
On measuring the variability of small area estimators under a basic area level model. Datta, Rao, Smith. Biometrika(2005),92, 1,pp. 183196 Large Sample Techniques for Statistics, Springer Texts in Statistics. Jiming Jiang. Chapters  4,12 and 13. Small Area Estimation, JNK Rao,Wiley 2003 Variance Components, Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics,2006 Searle, Casella, McCulloh
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