Interval estimation of the largest mean of $k$ normal populations $(k \geqq 1)$ with a common variance $\sigma^2$ is considered. When $\sigma^2$ is known the optimal fixed-width interval is given so that, to have the probability of coverage uniformly lower bounded by $\gamma$ (preassigned), the sample size needed is minimized. This optimal interval is unsymmetric for $k > 2$. When $\sigma^2$ is unknown a sequential procedure is proposed and its behavior is studied. It is shown that the confidence interval obtained, which is also unsymmetric for $k > 2$, behaves asymptotically as well as the optimal interval. This represents an improvement of the procedure of symmetric intervals considered by the author previously; the improvement is significant, especially when $k$ is large.
"An Asymptotically Optimal Sequential Procedure for the Estimation of the Largest Mean." Ann. Statist. 1 (1) 175 - 179, January, 1973. https://doi.org/10.1214/aos/1193342396