Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
© 2010 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 186–188, December 2010
How to Cite
Boos, D. and Stefanski, L. (2010), Efron's bootstrap. Significance, 7: 186–188. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2010.00463.x
- Issue published online: 18 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
The bootstrap was introduced by Brad Efron in the Late 1970s. It is a computer-intensive method for approximating the sampling distribution of any statistic derived from a random sample. Here Dennis Boos and Leonard Stefanski give simple examples to show how the bootstrap is used and help to explain its enormous success as a tool of statistical inference.