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Approximations of distributions of some standardized partial sums in sequential analysis

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In sequential analysis it is often necessary to determine the distributions of ?tYt and/or ?a Yt, where t is a stopping time of the form t = inf{n ? 1 : n+Sn+ ?n> a}, Yn is the sample mean of n independent and identically distributed random variables (iidrvs) Yi with mean zero and variance one, Sn is the partial sum of iidrvs Xi with mean zero and a positive finite variance, and {?n} is a sequence of random variables that converges in distribution to a random variable ? as n?? and ?n is independent of (Xn+1, Yn+1), (Xn+2, Yn+2), . . . for all n ? 1. Anscombe's (1952) central limit theorem asserts that both ?t Yt and ?a Yt are asymptotically normal for large a, but a normal approximation is not accurate enough for many applications. Refined approximations are available only for a few special cases of the general setting above and are often very complex. This paper provides some simple Edgeworth approximations that are numerically satisfactory for the problems it considers.

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Liu, Wei, Wang, Nan and Wang, Suojin (2002) Approximations of distributions of some standardized partial sums in sequential analysis Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 44, (1), pp. 109-119. (doi:10.1111/1467-842X.00212).

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Published date: 2002
Organisations: Statistics

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Local EPrints ID: 30110
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/30110
ISSN: 1369-1473
PURE UUID: e6197b46-c7a3-4d2f-91c9-897c5bbc1e84
ORCID for Wei Liu: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4719-0345

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Date deposited: 12 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:55

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Author: Wei Liu ORCID iD
Author: Nan Wang
Author: Suojin Wang

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