TY - JOUR

T1 - On the exact and near-exact distributions of the product of generalized gamma random variables and the generalized variance

AU - Coelho, Carlos Manuel Agra

PY - 2014/1/1

Y1 - 2014/1/1

N2 - In this article, the authors first obtain the exact distribution of the logarithm of the product of independent generalized Gamma r.v.'s (random variables) in the form of a Generalized Integer Gamma distribution of infinite depth, where all the rate and shape parameters are well identified. Then, by a routine transformation, simple and manageable expressions for the exact distribution of the product of independent generalized Gamma r.v.'s are derived. The method used also enables us to obtain quite easily very accurate, manageable and simple near-exact distributions in the form of Generalized Near-Integer Gamma distributions. Numerical studies are carried out to assess the precision of different approximations to the exact distribution and they show the high accuracy of the approximations provided by the near-exact distributions. As particular cases of the exact distributions obtained we have the distribution of the product of independent Gamma, Weibull, Frechet, Maxwell-Boltzman, Half-Normal, Rayleigh, and Exponential distributions, as well as the exact distribution of the generalized variance, the exact distribution of discriminants or Vandermonde determinants and the exact distribution of any linear combination of generalized Gumbel distributions, as well as yet the distribution of the product of any power of the absolute value of independent Normal r.v.'s.

AB - In this article, the authors first obtain the exact distribution of the logarithm of the product of independent generalized Gamma r.v.'s (random variables) in the form of a Generalized Integer Gamma distribution of infinite depth, where all the rate and shape parameters are well identified. Then, by a routine transformation, simple and manageable expressions for the exact distribution of the product of independent generalized Gamma r.v.'s are derived. The method used also enables us to obtain quite easily very accurate, manageable and simple near-exact distributions in the form of Generalized Near-Integer Gamma distributions. Numerical studies are carried out to assess the precision of different approximations to the exact distribution and they show the high accuracy of the approximations provided by the near-exact distributions. As particular cases of the exact distributions obtained we have the distribution of the product of independent Gamma, Weibull, Frechet, Maxwell-Boltzman, Half-Normal, Rayleigh, and Exponential distributions, as well as the exact distribution of the generalized variance, the exact distribution of discriminants or Vandermonde determinants and the exact distribution of any linear combination of generalized Gumbel distributions, as well as yet the distribution of the product of any power of the absolute value of independent Normal r.v.'s.

KW - near-exact distributions

KW - infinite sums

KW - characteristic functions

KW - generalized integer gamma distribution

KW - generalized near-integer gamma distribution

U2 - 10.1080/03610926.2013.783073

DO - 10.1080/03610926.2013.783073

M3 - Article

SN - 0361-0926

VL - 43

SP - 2007

EP - 2033

JO - Communications In Statistics-Theory And Methods

JF - Communications In Statistics-Theory And Methods

IS - 10-12

ER -