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Extreme Value Theory Filtering Techniques for Outlier Detection


  • Olmo, J.


We introduce asymptotic parameter-free hypothesis tests based on extreme value theory to detect outlying observations in finite samples. Our tests have nontrivial power for detecting outliers for general forms of the parent distribution and can be implemented when this is unknown and needs to be estimated. Using these techniques this article also develops an algorithm to uncover outliers masked by the presence of influential observations.

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  • Olmo, J., 2009. "Extreme Value Theory Filtering Techniques for Outlier Detection," Working Papers 09/09, Department of Economics, City University London.
  • Handle: RePEc:cty:dpaper:09/09

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    1. Armelle Guillou & Peter Hall, 2001. "A diagnostic for selecting the threshold in extreme value analysis," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 63(2), pages 293-305.
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