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A bootstrap method to test for the existence of finite moments


  • Igor Fedotenkov


This paper presents a simple bootstrap test to verify the existence of finite moments. The efficacy of the test relies on the fact that in the absence of a first moment and under certain general conditions, the arithmetic average of a sample grows at a rate greater than the growth rates of the arithmetic averages of the sub-samples. Firstly, we show test consistency analytically. Then, Monte-Carlo simulations are performed to compare our test with the Hill estimator.

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  • Igor Fedotenkov, 2013. "A bootstrap method to test for the existence of finite moments," Journal of Nonparametric Statistics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(2), pages 315-322, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:gnstxx:v:25:y:2013:i:2:p:315-322
    DOI: 10.1080/10485252.2012.752487

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