The Annals of Statistics

Bahadur Efficiency of Rank Tests for the Change-Point Problem

Jaap Praagman

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A sequence of independent random variables $X_1, X_2, \cdots, X_N$ is said to have a change point if $X_1, X_2, \cdots, X_n$ have a common distribution $F$ and $X_{n+1}, \cdots, X_N$ have a common distribution $G, G \neq F$. Consider the problem of testing the null hypothesis of no change against the alternative of a change $G < F$ at an unknown change point $n$. Two classes of statistics based upon two-sample linear rank statistics (max- and sum-type) are compared in terms of their Bahadur efficiency. It is shown that for every sequence of sum-type statistics a sequence of max-type statistics can be constructed with at least the same Bahadur slope at all possible alternatives. Special attention is paid to alternatives close to the null hypothesis.

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Ann. Statist., Volume 16, Number 1 (1988), 198-217.

First available in Project Euclid: 12 April 2007

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Primary: 62G20: Asymptotic properties
Secondary: 62G10: Hypothesis testing

Bahadur efficiency linear rank test change-point test


Praagman, Jaap. Bahadur Efficiency of Rank Tests for the Change-Point Problem. Ann. Statist. 16 (1988), no. 1, 198--217. doi:10.1214/aos/1176350700.

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