Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 980706, 9 pages
Research Article

Components of Pearson's Statistic for at Least Partially Ordered m-Way Contingency Tables

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle, NSW 2308, Australia

Received 1 May 2009; Accepted 22 October 2009

Academic Editor: David Bulger

Copyright © 2009 J. C. W. Rayner and Eric J. Beh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


For at least partially ordered three-way tables, it is well known how to arithmetically decompose Pearson's XP2 statistic into informative components that enable a close scrutiny of the data. Similarly well-known are smooth models for two-way tables from which score tests for homogeneity and independence can be derived. From these models, both the components of Pearson's XP2 and information about their distributions can be derived. Two advantages of specifying models are first that the score tests have weak optimality properties and second that identifying the appropriate model from within a class of possible models gives insights about the data. Here, smooth models for higher-order tables are given explicitly, as are the partitions of Pearson's XP2 into components. The asymptotic distributions of statistics related to the components are also addressed.