How to find the covariance between two weighted means

Hey guys,

I have two simple weighted means (WM), say:

WM1 = m1*w1+m2*w2

and

WM2 = m1*w3+m2*w4

where

m1 = sample mean 1

m2 = sample mean 2

w1, w2 = weights, so that w1+w2 = 1

w3, w4 = weights, so that w3+w4 = 1

both m1 and m2 have estimated sample variances var1 and var2, respectively.

In addition, both WM1 and WM2 have estimated variances wvar1 and wvar2, respectively.

Since I have only marginal distributions, Is there a way to compute a covariance estimate between WM1 and WM2, that is, cov(WM1,WM2)?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Alonso

Re: How to find the covariance between two weighted means

yea, C(aX+bY,cW+dZ)= acC(X,W)+bcC(Y,W)+adC(X,Z)+bdC(Y,Z)

It's just like (x+y)(w+z)=xw+yw+xz+yz with coefficients

Re: How to find the covariance between two weighted means