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Title: A low computational cost approximation for a independence test in non-parametric regression Authors:  Gustavo Rivas - National University of Asuncion (Paraguay) [presenting]
Maria Dolores Jimenez-Gamero - Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)
Abstract: A common assumption in nonparametric regression models is the independence of the covariate and the error. Some procedures have been suggested for testing that hypothesis. A test statistic is considered, which compares estimators of the joint and the product of the marginal characteristic functions of the covariate and the error. It is proposed to approximate the null distribution of such a statistic by means of a weighted bootstrap estimator. The resulting test is able to detect any fixed alternative as well as local alternatives converging to the null at the rate $n^{1/2}$, $n$ denoting the sample size. The finite sample performance of this approximation is assessed by means of a simulation study, where it is also compared with other estimators. From a computational point of view, the proposed approximation is very efficient. Two real data set applications are also included.