Statistical Science

Bootstrap: More than a Stab in the Dark?

G. Alastair Young

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Abstract

A critical review is given of recent research activity on bootstrap and related procedures. Theoretical work has shown the bootstrap approach to be a potentially powerful addition to the statistician's toolkit. We consider its impact on statistical practice and argue that, measured against the hopes raised by theoretical advances, this has been until now fairly modest. We suggest that while this state of affairs is a consequence to be expected of the sophisticated character of the bootstrap procedures required to cope reliably in many of the settings of most interest, much theoretical work is not serving the immediate needs of statistical practice. Emerging lines of research are reviewed and important future research directions suggested. In particular, we appeal for greater focussing of research activity on practicalities.

Article information

Source
Statist. Sci., Volume 9, Number 3 (1994), 382-395.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177010383

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/ss/1177010383

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1325434

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0955.62573

JSTOR
links.jstor.org

Keywords
Bootstrap independent data dependent data practical implementation theoretical development higher-order accuracy asymptotics validity resampling scheme design parameter Edgeworth expansion prepivoting iteration jackknife nonparametric likelihood

Citation

Young, G. Alastair. Bootstrap: More than a Stab in the Dark?. Statist. Sci. 9 (1994), no. 3, 382--395. doi:10.1214/ss/1177010383. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177010383


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  • See Comment: Rudolf Beran. [Bootstrap: More than a Stab in the Dark?]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 9, Number 3 (1994), 395--396.
  • See Comment: B. Efron. [Bootstrap: More than a Stab in the Dark?]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 9, Number 3 (1994), 396--398.
  • See Comment: Patricia M. Gramsbsch, Mary Kathryn Cowles, Thomas A. Louis. [Bootstrap: More than a Stab in the Dark?]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 9, Number 3 (1994), 398--400.
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  • See Comment: William Navidi. [Bootstrap: More than a Stab in the Dark?]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 9, Number 3 (1994), 407--408.
  • See Comment: Mark J. Schervish. [Bootstrap: More than a Stab in the Dark?]: Comment. Statist. Sci., Volume 9, Number 3 (1994), 408--410.
  • See Comment: G. Alastair Young. [Bootstrap: More than a Stab in the Dark?[: Rejoinder. Statist. Sci., Volume 9, Number 3 (1994), 411--415.