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Title: Logistic or not logistic? Authors:  James Allison - Northwest University (South Africa) [presenting]
Bruno Ebner - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
Marius Smuts - North-West University (South Africa)
Abstract: A new class of goodness-of-fit tests is proposed for the logistic distribution based on a characterisation related to the density approach in the context of Stein's method. This characterisation based test is a first of its kind for the logistic distribution. The asymptotic null distribution of the test statistic is derived and it is shown that the test is consistent against fixed alternatives. The finite sample power performance of the newly proposed class of tests is compared to various existing tests by means of a Monte Carlo study. It is found that this new class of tests are especially powerful when the alternative distributions are heavy-tailed, like Student's t and Cauchy, or for skew alternatives such as the log-normal, gamma and chi-square distributions.