Tests for zero-inflation and overdispersion

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Baillo, A.
Carcamo, J.
Berrendero, J. R.
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We propose a new methodology to detect zero-inflation and overdispersion based on the comparison of the expected sample extremes among convexly ordered distributions. The method is very flexible and includes tests for the proportion of structural zeros in zero-inflated models, tests to distinguish between two ordered parametric families and a new general test to detect overdispersion. The performance of the proposed tests is evaluated via some simulation studies. For the well-known fetal lamb data, we conclude that the zero-inflated Poisson model should be rejected against other more disperse models, but we cannot reject the negative binomial model.
Comment: 25 pages, 3 figures
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Statistics - Methodology
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