[R] ks.test()

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Aug 28 15:34:37 CEST 2003

On Thu, 28 Aug 2003, franck allaire wrote:

> With the Shifted Exponential test, H_0 is "data is a sample coming from a
> Shifted Exponential distribution with shift=30 and lambda = 0.001566907"

You got that after looking at the data.  H_0 has to be specified before
looking at the data.

> >You appear to be applying the KS test after estimating parameters.
> I do in order to define H_0 as explained above

That's invalid.

> >The distribution theory is for an iid sample from a known continuous
> >distribution (and does not otherwise depend on the distribution).
> That's what I thougth but this is not what I understand reading:

Learn not to believe everything you read on the Web.

> >Since your H_0 is not pre-specified, that distribution theory is not
> >correct.
> please see above

Rather, please take careful note yourself.

> >(Some corrections have been worked out for say ML fitting of exponential
> >and normal distributions -- by Michael Stephens as I recall.)
> >Also, your `truncated LogNormal' does not appear to be truncated, rather
> >to be shifted.  That's the same thing for an exponential (for a positive
> >shift), but not for any other distribution.
> Thanks for this clarification
> >And what is the H_0 and H_1 used in the article?
> H_1 is that the sample is not coming from the specified distribution in H_0

Not so: perhaps an iid sample from some other continuous distribution?

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