A permutation test for quantile regression

Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics
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Abstract

A drop in dispersion, F-ratio like, permutation test (D) for linear quantile regression estimates (0≤τ≤1) had relative power ≥1 compared to quantile rank score tests (T) for hypotheses on parameters other than the intercept. Power was compared for combinations of sample sizes (n=20−300) and quantiles (τ=0.50−0.99) where both tests maintained valid Type I error rates in simulations with p=2 and 6 parameters in homogeneous and heterogeneous error models. The D test required two modifications of permuting residuals from null, reduced parameter models to maintain correct Type I error rates when null models were constrained through the origin or included multiple parameters. A double permutation scheme was used when null models were constrained through the origin and all but 1 of the zero residuals were deleted for null models with multiple parameters. Although there was considerable overlap in sample size, quantiles, and hypotheses where both the D and rank score tests maintained correct Type I error rates, we identified regions at smaller n and more extreme quantiles where one or the other maintained better error rates. Confidence intervals on parameters for an ecological application relating Lahontan cutthroat trout densities to stream channel width:depth were estimated by test inversion, demonstrating a smoother pattern of slightly narrower intervals across quantiles than those provided by the rank score test.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A permutation test for quantile regression
Series title Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics
DOI 10.1198/108571106X96835
Volume 11
Issue 1
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 21 p.
First page 106
Last page 126
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