Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
B. M. Golam Kibria
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Kurtosis, Confidence Interval, Bootstrap, Simulation, Kurtosis Parameter, Kurtosis Estimator
Date of Defense
Several methods have been proposed to estimate the kurtosis of a distribution. The three common estimators are: g2, G2 and b2. This thesis addressed the performance of these estimators by comparing them under the same simulation environments and conditions. The performance of these estimators are compared through confidence intervals by determining the average width and probabilities of capturing the kurtosis parameter of a distribution. We considered and compared classical and non-parametric methods in constructing these intervals. Classical method assumes normality to construct the confidence intervals while the non-parametric methods rely on bootstrap techniques. The bootstrap techniques used are: Bias-Corrected Standard Bootstrap, Efron’s Percentile Bootstrap, Hall’s Percentile Bootstrap and Bias-Corrected Percentile Bootstrap. We have found significant differences in the performance of classical and bootstrap estimators. We observed that the parametric method works well in terms of coverage probability when data come from a normal distribution, while the bootstrap intervals struggled in constantly reaching a 95% confidence level. When sample data are from a distribution with negative kurtosis, both parametric and bootstrap confidence intervals performed well, although we noticed that bootstrap methods tend to have smaller intervals. When it comes to positive kurtosis, bootstrap methods perform slightly better than classical methods in coverage probability. Among the three kurtosis estimators, G2 performed better. Among bootstrap techniques, Efron’s Percentile intervals had the best coverage.
Jerome, Guensley, "A Comparison of Some Confidence Intervals for Estimating the Kurtosis Parameter" (2017). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3489.
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