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Reference

Gerd K Rosenkranz “A note on the Hodges–Lehmann estimator” (2010) // Pharmaceutical Statistics. Vol. 9. No 2. Pp. 162–167. DOI: 10.1002/pst.387

Abstract

The Hodges-Lehmann estimator was originally developed as a non-parametric estimator of a shift parameter. As it is widely used in statistical applications, the question is investigated what it is estimating if the shift model does not hold. It is shown that for data whose distributions are symmetric about their median the Hodges–Lehmann estimator based on the Wilcoxon Rank Sum test estimates the difference between the medians of the distributions. This result does generally not hold if the symmetry assumption is violated.

Bib

@Article{rosenkranz2010,
  title = {A note on the Hodges–Lehmann estimator},
  volume = {9},
  issn = {1539-1604, 1539-1612},
  url = {https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pst.387},
  doi = {10.1002/pst.387},
  abstract = {The Hodges-Lehmann estimator was originally developed as a non-parametric estimator of a shift parameter. As it is widely used in statistical applications, the question is investigated what it is estimating if the shift model does not hold. It is shown that for data whose distributions are symmetric about their median the Hodges–Lehmann estimator based on the Wilcoxon Rank Sum test estimates the difference between the medians of the distributions. This result does generally not hold if the symmetry assumption is violated.},
  language = {en},
  number = {2},
  urldate = {2023-12-10},
  journal = {Pharmaceutical Statistics},
  author = {Rosenkranz, Gerd K},
  month = {apr},
  year = {2010},
  pages = {162--167}
}