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On approximating the distributions of goodness-of-fit test statistics based on the empirical distribution function: The case of unknown parameters

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  • Marco Capasso
  • Lucia Alessi
  • Matteo Barigozzi
  • Giorgio Fagiolo

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This note discusses some problems possibly arising when approximating via Monte-Carlo simulations the distributions of goodness-of-fit test statistics based on the empirical distribution function. We argue that failing to re-estimate unknown parameters on each simulated Monte-Carlo sample -- and thus avoiding to employ this information to build the test statistic -- may lead to wrong, overly-conservative testing. Furthermore, we present a simple example suggesting that the impact of this possible mistake may turn out to be dramatic and does not vanish as the sample size increases.

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  • Marco Capasso & Lucia Alessi & Matteo Barigozzi & Giorgio Fagiolo, 2007. "On approximating the distributions of goodness-of-fit test statistics based on the empirical distribution function: The case of unknown parameters," LEM Papers Series 2007/23, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  • Handle: RePEc:ssa:lemwps:2007/23
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