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Small sample approximations for spacing statistics


Edgeworth expansions as well as saddle-point methods are used to approximate the distributions of some spacing statistics for small to moderate sample sizes. By comparing with the exact values when available, it is shown that a particular form of Edgeworth expansion produces extremely good results even for fairly small sample sizes. However, this expansion suffers from negative tail probabilities and an accurate approximation without this disadvantage, is shown to be the one based on saddle-point method. Finally, quantiles of some spacing statistics whose exact distributions are not known, are tabulated, making them available in a variety of testing contexts. © 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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