An alternative test for uniformity Article

cited authors

  • Chen, Z; Ye, C

fiu authors

abstract

  • Improving power of goodness-of-fit tests is an important research topic in statistics. The goal of the goodness-of-fit test is to check whether the underlying probability distribution, from which a sample is drawn, differs from a hypothesized distribution. Numerous research papers have been published in this area. It has been shown that the power of the existing goodness-of-fit tests in the literature is unsatisfactory when the alternative distributions are of V-shape or when the sample sizes are small. This motivates the development of more powerful test statistics. In this research, a new test statistic is proposed. The result can be used to test whether the underlying probability distribution differs from a uniform distribution. By applying the probability integral transformation, the proposed test statistic can be used to check whether the underlying distribution differs from any hypothesized distribution. The performance of the method proposed in this research is compared with the KolmogorovSmirnov test, which is a widely adopted statistical test in the literature. It has been shown that the test proposed in this proposal is more powerful than the KolmogorovSmirnov test in some cases. © 2009 World Scientific Publishing Company.

publication date

  • August 1, 2009

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 343

end page

  • 356

volume

  • 16

issue

  • 4