Njål Foldnes og Steffen Grønneberg har publisert en fagartikkel i Psychometrika

Abstract

The Vale-Maurelli (VM) approach to generating non-normal mul- tivariate data involves the use of Fleishman polynomials applied to an underly- ing Gaussian random vector. This method has been extensively used in Monte Carlo studies during the last three decades to investigate the nite-sample per- formance of estimators under non-Gaussian conditions. The validity of con- clusions drawn from these studies clearly depends on the range of distributions obtainable with the VM method. We deduce the distribution and the copula for a vector generated by a generalized VM transformation, and show that it is fundamentally linked to the underlying Gaussian distribution and copula. In the process we derive the distribution of the Fleishman polynomial in full generality. While data generated with the VM approach appears to be highly non-normal, its truly multivariate properties are close to the Gaussian case. A Monte Carlo study illustrates that generating data with a di erent copula than that implied by the VM approach severely weakens the performance of normal-theory based ML estimates.The Vale-Maurelli (VM) approach to generating non-normal mul- tivariate data involves the use of Fleishman polynomials applied to an underly- ing Gaussian random vector. This method has been extensively used in Monte Carlo studies during the last three decades to investigate the nite-sample per- formance of estimators under non-Gaussian conditions. The validity of con- clusions drawn from these studies clearly depends on the range of distributions obtainable with the VM method. We deduce the distribution and the copula for a vector generated by a generalized VM transformation, and show that it is fundamentally linked to the underlying Gaussian distribution and copula. In the process we derive the distribution of the Fleishman polynomial in full generality. While data generated with the VM approach appears to be highly non-normal, its truly multivariate properties are close to the Gaussian case. A Monte Carlo study illustrates that generating data with a di erent copula than that implied by.

Foldnes, Njål and Steffen Grønneberg. 2015. «How general is the Vale-Maurelli simulation approach?» Psychometrika, 80(4):1066-1083

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