Empirical likelihood ratio test on quantiles under a density ratio model

Published in Electronic Journal of Statistics, 2021

Archer Gong Zhang, Guangyu Zhu, Jiahua Chen

Abstract: Population quantiles are important parameters in many applications. Enthusiasm for the development of effective statistical inference procedures for quantiles and their functions has been high for the past decade. In this article, we study inference methods for quantiles when multiple samples from linked populations are available. The research problems we consider have a wide range of applications. For example, to study the evolution of the economic status of a country, economists monitor changes in the quantiles of annual household incomes, based on multiple survey datasets collected annually. Even with multiple samples, a routine approach would estimate the quantiles of different populations separately. Such approaches ignore the fact that these populations are linked and share some intrinsic latent structure. Recently, many researchers have advocated the use of the density ratio model (DRM) to account for this latent structure and have developed more efficient procedures based on pooled data. The nonparametric empirical likelihood (EL) is subsequently employed. Interestingly, there has been no discussion in this context of the EL-based likelihood ratio test (ELRT) for population quantiles. We explore the use of the ELRT for hypotheses concerning quantiles and confidence regions under the DRM. We show that the ELRT statistic has a chi-square limiting distribution under the null hypothesis. Simulation experiments show that the chi-square distributions approximate the finite-sample distributions well and lead to accurate tests and confidence regions. The DRM helps to improve statistical efficiency. We also give a real-data example to illustrate the efficiency of the proposed method.

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Winner of the General Student Research Presentation Award at the Statistical Society of Canada 2021 Annual Meeting.