Canadian Journal of Statistics

Testing for a trend in exponential means: A two‐moment approximation to the null distribution of the likelihood‐ratio statistic

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The likelihood‐ratio test statistic for testing homogeneity of exponential means with an ordered alternative has a rather complex null distribution. Expressions for the mean and variance of its null distribution are derived, and the accuracy of a two‐moment chi‐squared approximation is studied. The coefficients needed to implement the approximation are tabled. The application of these results in testing for a constant versus a nondecreasing intensity in a nonhomogeneous Poisson process is also discussed.

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