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March, 1986 Finite Sample Properties and Asymptotic Efficiency of Monte Carlo Tests
Karl-Heinz Jockel
Ann. Statist. 14(1): 336-347 (March, 1986). DOI: 10.1214/aos/1176349860


Since their introduction by Dwass (1957) and Barnard (1963), Monte Carlo tests have attracted considerable attention. The aim of this paper is to give a unified approach that covers the case of an arbitrary null distribution in order to study the statistical properties of Monte Carlo tests under the null hypothesis and under the alternative. For finite samples we obtain bounds for the power of the Monte Carlo test with the original test that allow determination of the required simulation effort. Furthermore the concept of asymptotic (resp. local asymptotic) relative Pitman efficiency (ARPE, resp. LARPE) is adapted to Monte Carlo tests for the study of their asymptotic behaviour. The normal limit case is investigated in more detail, leading to explicit formulas for ARPE and LARPE.


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Karl-Heinz Jockel. "Finite Sample Properties and Asymptotic Efficiency of Monte Carlo Tests." Ann. Statist. 14 (1) 336 - 347, March, 1986.


Published: March, 1986
First available in Project Euclid: 12 April 2007

zbMATH: 0589.62015
MathSciNet: MR829573
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/aos/1176349860

Primary: 62C99
Secondary: 68J99

Keywords: Monte Carlo tests , Pitman efficiency , testing hypotheses

Rights: Copyright © 1986 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Vol.14 • No. 1 • March, 1986
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