[R] [Stat related] Understanding Portmanteau test

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Nov 9 09:59:27 CET 2008

On Sat, 8 Nov 2008, RON70 wrote:

> Still waiting for some input. Did my question void forum rule in any manner?

It did go against the advice of the posting guide:

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and note that Wikipedia or a Google search would have answered your 
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See also ?Box.test for one example of such a test (as given by e.g.

> RON70 wrote:
>> Sorry to be off-topic. Can somebody please explain me what is Portmanteau
>> test? Why it's name is like that? When I would say, a particular test is
>> portmanteau test? I did some googling but got no satisfactory answer at
>> all. Please anybody help for understanding that?
>> Regards,
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