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A Simulation Comparison of Several Procedures for Testing the Poisson Assumption

Dimitris Karlis and Evdokia Xekalaki
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series D (The Statistician)
Vol. 49, No. 3 (2000), pp. 355-382
Published by: Wiley for the Royal Statistical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2681062
Page Count: 28
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A Simulation Comparison of Several Procedures for Testing the Poisson Assumption
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Abstract

The importance of the Poisson distribution among the discrete distributions has led to the development of several hypothesis tests, for testing whether data come from a Poisson distribution against a variety of alternative distributions. An extended simulation comparison is presented concerning the power of such tests. To overcome biases caused by the use of asymptotic results for the null distribution of several tests, an extended simulation was performed for calculating the required critical points for all the tests. The results can be useful to researchers as a guide to selecting the appropriate test from several alternatives that are available.

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