Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Dr. Yuanhui Xiao

Second Advisor

Dr. Yu Xie

Third Advisor

Dr. Yichuan Zhao


The Kolmogorov-Smirnov (K-S) test is widely used as a goodness-of-fit test. This thesis consists of two parts to describe ways to improve the classical K-S test in both 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional data. The first part is about how to improve the accuracy of the classical K-S goodness-of-fit test in 1-dimensional data. We replace the p-values estimated by the asymptotic distribution with near-exact p-values. In the second part, we propose two new methods to increase power of the widely used 2-dimensional two-sample Fasano and Franceschini test. Simulation studies show the new methods are significantly more powerful than the Fasano and Franceschini’s test.