A well-known property of cumulant generating function is used to estimate the first four order cumulants, using least-squares estimators. In the case of additive models, empirical best linear unbiased predictors are also obtained. Pairs of independent and identically distributed models associated with the treatments of a base design are used to obtain unbiased estimators for the fourth-order cumulants. An application to real data is presented, showing the good behaviour of the least-squares estimators and the great flexibility of our approach.
- linear models