Asymptotic efficiencies of spacings tests for goodness of fit

S. Rao Jammalamadaka*, Xian Zhou, Ram C. Tiwari

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Tests based on higher-order or m-step spacings have been considered in the literature for the goodness of fit problem. This paper studies the asymptotic distribution theory for such tests based on non-overlapping m-step spacings when m, the length of the step, also increases with the sample size n, to inifinity. By utilizing the asymptotic distributions under a sequence of close alternatives and studying their relative efficiencies, we try to answer a central question about the choice of m in relation to n. Efficiency comparisons are made with tests based on overlapping m-step spacings, as well as corresponding chi-square tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-377
Number of pages23
JournalMetrika: International Journal for Theoretical and Applied Statistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • asymptotic efficiencies
  • chi-square
  • goodness of fit
  • limit distributions
  • m-step spacings


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