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A multivariate control quantile test using data depth


  • Liu, Zhenyu
  • Modarres, Reza
  • Yang, Mengta


The objective of this article is to present a depth based multivariate control quantile test using statistically equivalent blocks (DSEBS). Given a random sample {x1,…,xm} of Rd-valued random vectors (d≥1) with a distribution function (DF) F, statistically equivalent blocks (SEBS), a multivariate generalization of the univariate sample spacings, can be constructed using a sequence of cutting functions hi(x) to order xi,i=1,…,m. DSEBS are data driven, center-outward layers of shells whose shapes reflect the underlying geometric features of the unknown distribution and provide a framework for selection and comparison of cutting functions. We propose a control quantile test, using DSEBS, to test the equality of two DFs in Rd. The proposed test is distribution free under the null hypothesis and well defined when d≥max(m,n). A simulation study compares the proposed statistic to depth-based Wilcoxon rank sum test. We show that the new test is powerful in detecting the differences in location, scale and shape (skewness or kurtosis) changes in two multivariate distributions.

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  • Liu, Zhenyu & Modarres, Reza & Yang, Mengta, 2013. "A multivariate control quantile test using data depth," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 57(1), pages 262-270.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:csdana:v:57:y:2013:i:1:p:262-270
    DOI: 10.1016/j.csda.2012.06.013

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    1. Modarres, Reza, 2014. "On the interpoint distances of Bernoulli vectors," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 84(C), pages 215-222.


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