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2016 A study of the power and robustness of a new test for independence against contiguous alternatives
Subhra Sankar Dhar, Angelos Dassios, Wicher Bergsma
Electron. J. Statist. 10(1): 330-351 (2016). DOI: 10.1214/16-EJS1107


Various association measures have been proposed in the literature that equal zero when the associated random variables are independent. However many measures, (e.g., Kendall’s tau), may equal zero even in the presence of an association between the random variables. In order to overcome this drawback, Bergsma and Dassios (2014) proposed a modification of Kendall’s tau, (denoted as $\tau^{*}$), which is non-negative and zero if and only if independence holds. In this article, we investigate the robustness properties and the asymptotic distributions of $\tau^{*}$ and some other well-known measures of association under null and contiguous alternatives. Based on these asymptotic distributions under contiguous alternatives, we study the asymptotic power of the test based on $\tau^{*}$ under contiguous alternatives and compare its performance with the performance of other well-known tests available in the literature.


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Subhra Sankar Dhar. Angelos Dassios. Wicher Bergsma. "A study of the power and robustness of a new test for independence against contiguous alternatives." Electron. J. Statist. 10 (1) 330 - 351, 2016.


Received: 1 June 2015; Published: 2016
First available in Project Euclid: 17 February 2016

zbMATH: 1332.62167
MathSciNet: MR3466185
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/16-EJS1107

Primary: 62G10, 62G35
Secondary: 62G20

Rights: Copyright © 2016 The Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Bernoulli Society


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