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Specification Tests for the Distribution of Errors in Nonoarametric Regression: A Martingale Approach


  • Alicia Pérez Alonso

    () (Universidad de Alicante)

  • Juan Mora

    () (Universidad de Alicante)


We discuss how to test whether the distribution of regression errors belongs to a parametric family of continuous distribution functions, making no parametric assumption about the conditional mean or the conditional variance in the regression model. We propose using test statistics that are based on a martingale transform of the estimated empirical process. We prove that these statistics are asymptotically distribution-free, and two Monte Carlo experiments show that they work reasonably well in practice.

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  • Alicia Pérez Alonso & Juan Mora, 2008. "Specification Tests for the Distribution of Errors in Nonoarametric Regression: A Martingale Approach," Working Papers. Serie AD 2008-11, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  • Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:2008-11

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    1. Mora, Juan & Neumeyer, Natalie, 2005. "The Two-Sample Problem with Regression Errors : An Empirical Process Approach," Technical Reports 2005,05, Technische Universität Dortmund, Sonderforschungsbereich 475: Komplexitätsreduktion in multivariaten Datenstrukturen.
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    1. Wenceslao González-Manteiga & Rosa Crujeiras, 2013. "An updated review of Goodness-of-Fit tests for regression models," TEST: An Official Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research, Springer;Sociedad de Estadística e Investigación Operativa, vol. 22(3), pages 361-411, September.
    2. Heuchenne, Cédric & Van Keilegom, Ingrid, 2010. "Goodness-of-fit tests for the error distribution in nonparametric regression," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 54(8), pages 1942-1951, August.

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    Specification Tests; Nonparametric Regression; Empirical Processes.;

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