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Generating functions and short recursions, with applications to the moments of quadratic forms in noncentral normal vectors

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  • Grant Hillier

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Southampton)

  • Raymond Kan

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Xiaolu Wang

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Abstract

Using generating functions, the top-order zonal polynomials that occur in much distribution theory under normality can be recursively related to other symmetric functions (power-sum and elementary symmetric functions, Ruben, Hillier, Kan, and Wang). Typically, in a recursion of this type the k -th object of interest, d k say, is expressed in terms of all lower-order d j 's. In Hillier, Kan, and Wang we pointed out that, in the case of top-order zonal polynomials (and generalizations of them), a shorter (i.e., fixed length) recursion can be deduced. The present paper shows that the argument in generalizes to a large class of objects/generating functions. The results thus obtained are then applied to various problems involving quadratic forms in noncentral normal vectors.

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  • Grant Hillier & Raymond Kan & Xiaolu Wang, 2008. "Generating functions and short recursions, with applications to the moments of quadratic forms in noncentral normal vectors," CeMMAP working papers CWP14/08, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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    1. Christopher L. Skeels & Frank Windmeijer, 2016. "On the Stock-Yogo Tables," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 16/679, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK, revised 25 Nov 2016.

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    • C16 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Econometric and Statistical Methods; Specific Distributions
    • C46 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Specific Distributions
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques

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