Statistics and Computing

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Quasi-random resampling for the bootstrap

  • Kim-Anh Do
  • Peter Hall


Quasi-random sequences are known to give efficient numerical integration rules in many Bayesian statistical problems where the posterior distribution can be transformed into periodic functions on then-dimensional hypercube. From this idea we develop a quasi-random approach to the generation of resamples used for Monte Carlo approximations to bootstrap estimates of bias, variance and distribution functions. We demonstrate a major difference between quasi-random bootstrap resamples, which are generated by deterministic algorithms and have no true randomness, and the usual pseudo-random bootstrap resamples generated by the classical bootstrap approach. Various quasi-random approaches are considered and are shown via a simulation study to result in approximants that are competitive in terms of efficiency when compared with other bootstrap Monte Carlo procedures such as balanced and antithetic resampling.


Bias bootstrap discrepancy distribution function equidistribution good lattice points Monte Carlo simulation pseudo-random quasi-random regular and irregular sequences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim-Anh Do
    • 1
  • Peter Hall
    • 1
  1. 1.Statistical Sciences Division, Centre for Mathematics and ApplicationsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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