Model checks for two-sample location-scale

Atefeh Javidialsaadi, Shoubhik Mondal, Sundarraman Subramanian

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Two-sample location-scale refers to a model that permits a pair of standardised random variables to have a common base distribution. Function-based hypothesis testing in these models refers to formal tests based on distributions functions, or direct transformations thereof, that would help decide whether or not two samples come from some location-scale family of distributions. For uncensored data, an approach of testing based on plug-in empirical likelihood (PEL) is carried out with sample means and standard deviations as the plug-ins. The method extends to censored data, where censoring adjusted moment estimators provide the requisite plug-ins. The large sample null distribution of the PEL statistic is derived. Since it is not distribution free, a two-sample location-scale appropriate resampling is employed to obtain thresholds needed for the testing. Numerical studies are carried out to investigate the performance of the proposed method. Real examples are presented for both the uncensored and censored cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Nonparametric Statistics
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


  • Gaussian process
  • Kaplan–Meier integral
  • lagrange multiplier
  • likelihood ratio
  • survival function


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