A Note on the Simple Chi-Squared Test of Multivariate Normality

  • Published : 2004.05.31


We provide the exact form of a Rao-Robson version of the chi-squared test of multivariate normality suggested by Park(2001). This test is easy to apply in practice since it is easily computed and has a limiting chi-squared distribution under multivariate normality. A self-contained formal argument is provided that it has the limiting chi-squared distribution. A simulation study is provided to study the accuracy, in finite samples, of the limiting distribution. Finally, a simulation study in a nonnormal distribution is conducted in order to compare the power of our test with those of other popular normality tests.