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Bayesian and frequentist evidence in one-sided hypothesis testing


In one-sided testing, Bayesians and frequentists differ on whether or not there is discrepancy between the inference based on the posterior model probability and that based on the p value. We add some arguments to this debate analyzing the discrepancy for moderate and large sample sizes. For small and moderate samples sizes, the discrepancy is measured by the probability of disagreement. Examples of the discrepancy on some basic sampling models indicate the somewhat unexpected result that the probability of disagreement is larger when sampling from models in the alternative hypothesis that are not located at the boundary of the hypotheses. For large sample sizes, we prove that the Bayesian one-sided testing is, under mild conditions, consistent, a property that is not shared by the frequentist procedure. Further, the rate of convergence is \(O(e^{nA})\), where A is a constant that depends on the model from which we are sampling. Consistency is also proved for an extension to multiple hypotheses.

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The first author of this research was supported by the Junta de Andalucía Grant A-FQM-456-UGR18. We are grateful to two anonymous Referees for their comments that lead to improve the presentation of the article.

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Moreno, E., Martínez, C. Bayesian and frequentist evidence in one-sided hypothesis testing. TEST 31, 278–297 (2022).

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  • Bayesian one-sided test
  • Consistency
  • Decision rule
  • Intrinsic priors
  • p Values
  • Reference priors

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  • 62F03