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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 147-154

On the noncentral distribution of the ratio of the extreme roots of wishart matrix

Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

Received 6 February 1979

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The distribution of the ratio of the extreme latent roots of the Wishart matrix is useful in testing the sphericity hypothesis for a multivariate normal population. Let X be a p×n matrix whose columns are distributed independently as multivariate normal with zero mean vector and covariance matrix . Further, let S=XX and let 11>>1p>0 be the characteristic roots of S. Thus S has a noncentral Wishart distribution. In this paper, the exact distribution of fp=11p/11 is derived. The density of fp is given in terms of zonal polynomials. These results have applications in nuclear physics also.