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Overcoming the multiple‐testing problem when testing randomness


  • Neil H. Spencer


Summary. We propose a new method for overcoming the problem of adjusting for the multiple‐testing problem in the context of testing random‐number generators. We suggest that it is to be used in conjunction with an existing method. More generally, the method can be useful in other situations where the multiple‐testing issue is encountered and the tests involved are not independent of each other, and their exact joint distribution is not readily available. The method makes use of the Mahalanobis distance and simulation. An example of its implementation is given by using data from a roulette wheel.

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  • Neil H. Spencer, 2009. "Overcoming the multiple‐testing problem when testing randomness," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series C, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 58(4), pages 543-553, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jorssc:v:58:y:2009:i:4:p:543-553
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9876.2009.00666.x

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    1. Keren, Gideon & Lewis, Charles, 1994. "The Two Fallacies of Gamblers: Type I and Type II," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 60(1), pages 75-89, October.
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    1. Frey, Jesse, 2012. "Testing for positive evidence of equally likely outcomes," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 103(1), pages 48-57, January.

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