Statistical Inference Based on Divergence Measures
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Statistical Inference Based on Divergence Measures

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The idea of using functionals of Information Theory, such as entropies or divergences, in statistical inference is not new. However, in spite of the fact that divergence statistics have become a very good alternative to the classical likelihood ratio test and the Pearson-type statistic in discrete models, many statisticians remain unaware of this powerful approach. Statistical Inference Based on Divergence Measures explores classical problems of statistical inference, such as estimation and hypothesis testing, on the basis of measures of entropy and divergence. The first two chapters form an overview, from a statistical perspective, of the most important measures of entropy and divergence and study their properties. The author then examines the statistical analysis of discrete multivariate data with emphasis is on problems in contingency tables and loglinear models using phi-divergence test statistics as well as minimum phi-divergence estimators. The final chapter looks at testing in general populations, presenting the interesting possibility of introducing alternative test statistics to classical ones like Wald, Rao, and likelihood ratio. Each chapter concludes with exercises that clarify the theoretical results and present additional results that complement the main discussions. Clear, comprehensive, and logically developed, this book offers a unique opportunity to gain not only a new perspective on some standard statistics problems, but the tools to put it into practice.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 157.5 x 228.6 x 30.5mm | 771.12g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Chapman & Hall/CRC
  • Boca Raton, FL, United States
  • English
  • 22 black & white illustrations, 25 black & white tables
  • 1584886005
  • 9781584886006

Table of contents

DIVERGENCE MEASURES: DEFINITION AND PROPERTIES Introduction Phi-divergence. Measures between Two Probability Distributions: Definition and Properties Other Divergence Measures between Two Probability Distributions Divergence among k Populations Phi-disparities Exercises Answers to Exercises ENTROPY AS A MEASURE OF DIVERSITY: SAMPLING DISTRIBUTIONS Introduction Phi-entropies. Asymptotic Distribution Testing and Confidence Intervals for Phi-entropies Multinomial Populations: Asymptotic Distributions Maximum Entropy Principle and Statistical Inference on Condensed Ordered Data Exercises Answers to Exercises GOODNESS-OF-FIT: SIMPLE NULL HYPOTHESIS Introduction Phi-divergences and Goodness-of-fit with Fixed Number of Classes Phi-divergence Test Statistics under Sparseness Assumptions Nonstandard Problems: Tests Statistics based on Phi-divergences Exercises Answers to Exercises OPTIMALITY OF PHI-DIVERGENCE TEST STATISTICS IN GOODNESS-OF-FIT Introduction Asymptotic Effciency Exact and Asymptotic Moments: Comparison A Second Order Approximation to the Exact Distribution Exact Powers Based on Exact Critical Regions Small Sample Comparisons for the Phi-divergence Test Statistics Exercises Answers to Exercises MINIMUM PHI-DIVERGENCE ESTIMATORS Introduction Maximum Likelihood and Minimum Phi-divergence Estimators Properties of the Minimum Phi-divergence Estimator Normal Mixtures: Minimum Phi-divergence Estimator Minimum Phi-divergence Estimator with Constraints: Properties Exercises Answers to Exercises GOODNESS-OF-FIT: COMPOSITE NULL HYPOTHESIS Introduction Asymptotic Distribution with Fixed Number of Classes Nonstandard Problems: Test Statistics Based on Phi-divergences Exercises Answers to Exercises Testing Loglinear Models Using Phi-divergence Test Statistics Introduction Loglinear Models: Definition Asymptotic Results for Minimum Phi-divergence Estimators in Loglinear Models Testing in Loglinear Models Simulation Study Exercises Answers to Exercises PHI-DIVERGENCE MEASURES IN CONTINGENCY TABLES Introduction Independence Symmetry Marginal Homogeneity Quasi-symmetry Homogeneity Exercises Answers to Exercises TESTING IN GENERAL POPULATIONS Introduction Simple Null Hypotheses: Wald, Rao, Wilks and Phi-divergence Test Statistics Composite Null Hypothesis Multi-sample Problem Some Topics in Multivariate Analysis Exercises Answers to Exercises References Indexshow more

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