Canadian Journal of Statistics

On the distribution of linear combinations of the components of a Dirichlet random vector

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On making use of a result of Imhof, an integral representation of the distribution function of linear combinations of the components of a Dirichlet random vector is obtained. In fact, the distributions of several statistics such as Moran and Geary's indices, the Cliff‐Ord statistic for spatial correlation, the sample coefficient of determination, F‐ratios and the sample autocorrelation coefficient can be similarly determined. Linear combinations of the components of Dirichlet random vectors also turn out to be a key component in a decomposition of quadratic forms in spherically symmetric random vectors. An application involving the sample spectrum associated with series generated by ARMA processes is discussed.

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