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Assessing model adequacy in possibly misspecified quantile regression


  • Noh, Hohsuk
  • El Ghouch, Anouar
  • Van Keilegom, Ingrid


Possibly misspecified linear quantile regression models are considered. A measure for assessing the combined effect of several covariates on a certain conditional quantile function is proposed. The measure is based on an adaptation to quantile regression of the famous coefficient of determination originally proposed for mean regression, and compares a ‘reduced’ model to a ‘full’ model, both of which can be misspecified. An estimator of this measure is proposed and its asymptotic distribution is investigated both in the non-degenerate and the degenerate case. The finite sample performance of the estimator is studied through a number of simulation experiments. The proposed measure is also applied to a data set on body fat measures.

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  • Noh, Hohsuk & El Ghouch, Anouar & Van Keilegom, Ingrid, 2013. "Assessing model adequacy in possibly misspecified quantile regression," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 57(1), pages 558-569.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:csdana:v:57:y:2013:i:1:p:558-569
    DOI: 10.1016/j.csda.2012.07.020

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