Rank regression under possible model misspecification

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Rank regression offers a valuable alternative to the classical least squares approach. The use of rank regression not only provides protection against outlier contamination but also leads to substantial efficiency gain in the presence of heavier-tailed errors. This article studies the asymptotic performance of rank regression with Wilcoxon scores when the regression function is possibly mis-specified. We establish that under general conditions, the Wilcoxon rank regression estimator converges in probability to a well-defined limit and has an asymptotic normal distribution. We also derive a formula for the bias of omitted variables. Besides furthering our understanding of the properties of rank regression, these theoretical results have important implications for developing rank-based model selection and model checking procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNonparametric Statistics and Mixture Models
Subtitle of host publicationA Festschrift in Honor of Thomas P Hettmansperger
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789814340564
ISBN (Print)9814340553, 9789814340557
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bias of omitted variables
  • Model misspecification
  • Rank regression
  • Specification error
  • Wilcoxon procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)


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