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Nonparametric series density estimation and testing

Marsh, Patrick

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This paper .rst establishes consistency of the exponential series density estimator when nuisance parameters are estimated as a preliminary step. Convergence in relative entropy of the density estimator is preserved, which in turn implies that the quantiles of the population density can be consistently estimated. The density estimator can then be employed to provide a test for the specification of fitted density functions. Commonly, this testing problem has utilized statistics based upon the empirical distribution function (edf), such as the Kolmogorov-Smirnov or Cramér von-Mises, type. However, the tests of this paper are shown to be asymptotically pivotal having limiting standard normal distribution, unlike those based on the edf. For comparative purposes with those tests, the numerical properties of both the density estimator and test are explored in a series of experiments. Some general superiority over commonly used edf based tests is evident, whether standard or bootstrap critical values are used.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 8, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 1, 2018
Publication Date 2019-03
Deposit Date Jul 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 2, 2019
Journal Statistical Methods and Applications
Print ISSN 1618-2510
Electronic ISSN 1618-2510
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 77–99
Keywords Goodness-of-fit, Nonparametric likelihood ratio, Nuisance Parameters and Series Density Estimator
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