Sliced inverse regression (SIR) and an associated chi-squared test for dimension have been introduced as a method for reducing the dimension of regression problems whose predictor variables are normal. In this article the assumptions on the predictor distribution, under which the chi-squared test was proved to apply, are relaxed, and the result is extended. A general weighted chi-squared test that does not require normal regressors for the dimension of a regression is given. Simulations show that the weighted chi-squared test is more reliable than the chi-squared test when the regressor distribution digresses from normality significantly, and that it compares well with the chi-squared test when the regressors are normal.
- Dimension estimation
- Dimension reduction