The Edgeworth series distribution is a continuous probability distribution that approximates a probability distribution in terms of its cumulants and Hermite polynomials. It relates the probability density function (PDF) to a standard normal distribution PDF. It is sometimes seen in statistical asymptotic theory, where approximations to sample statistic distributions of order greater than n-1/2 are calculated .
- φ(z1, z2) is the standard bivariate normal density function,
- Aij’s are functions of the population cumulants, and
- Dz1, Dz2 are partial derivative operators.
The characteristic function is:
It is a challenge to generate samples from the PDF of the Edgeworth series distribution. In addition, the distribution of the conditional probability of misclassification for the ESD is intractable because of the expression’s complex nature. Related to the Edgeworth form of distribution are the Cornish-Fisher expansions, although it has no general theoretical superiority .
The ESD has been used for some practical purposes, including the study of nonlinear gust loading factors (used in the design of structures exposed to extreme winds) .
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