Generalized Wald-type tests based on minimum density power divergence estimators Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In testing of hypothesis the robustness of the tests is an important concern. Generally, the maximum likelihood based tests are most efficient under standard regularity conditions, but they are highly non-robust even under small deviations from the assumed conditions. In this paper we have proposed generalized Wald-type tests based on minimum density power divergence estimators for parametric hypotheses. This method avoids the use of nonparametric density estimation and the bandwidth selection. The trade-off between efficiency and robustness is controlled by a tuning parameter $\beta$. The asymptotic distributions of the test statistics are chi-square with appropriate degrees of freedom. The performance of the proposed tests are explored through simulations and real data analysis.

publication date

  • January 2, 2016