## General Hypothesis. Testing

Anil K. Bera and Gamini Premaratne*

The history of statistical hypothesis testing is, indeed, very long. Neyman and Pearson (1933) traced its origin to Bayes (1763). However, systematic applications of hypothesis testing began only after the publication of Karl Pearson’s (1900) goodness-of-fit test, which is regarded as one of the 20 most important scientific breakthroughs in this century. In terms of the development of statistical methods, Ronald Fisher took up where Pearson left off. Fisher (1922) can be regarded as the analytical beginning of statistical methods. In his paper Fisher advocated the use of maximum likelihood estimation and provided the general theory of parametric statistical inference...

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