When faced with proportion data that exhibit extra-binomial variation, data analysts often consider the beta-binomial distribution as an alternative model to the more common binomial distribution. A typical example occurs in toxicological experiments with laboratory animals, where binary observations on fetuses within a litter are often correlated with each other. In such instances, it may be of interest to test for the goodness of fit of the beta-binomial model; this effort is complicated, however, when there is large variability among the litter sizes. We investigate a recent goodness-of-fit test proposed by Brooks et al. (1997, Biometrics 53, 1097-1115) but find that it lacks the ability to distinguish between the beta-binomial model and some severely non-beta-binomial models. Other tests and models developed in their article are quite useful and interesting but are not examined herein.
- Pearson statistic
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistics and Probability
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Applied Mathematics