Journal article

Robust Estimation, Nonnormalities, and Generalized Exponential Distributions

Jenny N Lye, Vance L Martin

Journal of the American Statistical Association | JSTOR | Published : 1993


The detection and treatment of outliers in data has represented an important area of research. The general approach that has been adopted involves observing that outliers contribute to the "fatness" in the tails of the error distribution and using an appropriate model of the error term to take this into account. This article introduces a general class of distributions to capture nonnormalities in the data based on the generalized exponential family. This family of distributions provides great flexibility in modeling not only symmetric fat-tailed distributions, but also skewed and possibly even multimodal distributions. The approach taken is to use subordinate distributions within the general..

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