General order adjusted Edgeworth expansions for generalized t-tests

05/16/2021 ∙ by Inna Gerlovina, et al. ∙ 0

We develop generalized approach to obtaining Edgeworth expansions for t-statistics of an arbitrary order using computer algebra and combinatorial algorithms. To incorporate various versions of mean-based statistics, we introduce Adjusted Edgeworth expansions that allow polynomials in the terms to depend on a sample size in a specific way and prove their validity. Provided results up to 5th order include one and two-sample ordinary t-statistics with biased and unbiased variance estimators, Welch t-test, and moderated t-statistics based on empirical Bayes method, as well as general results for any statistic with available moments of the sampling distribution. These results are included in a software package that aims to reach a broad community of researchers and serve to improve inference in a wide variety of analytical procedures; practical considerations of using such expansions are discussed.

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