Research Note: A More Powerful Test Statistic for Reasoning about Interference between Units

Jake Bowers, Mark M. Fredrickson, Peter M. Aronow
2016 Political Analysis  
Bowers, Fredrickson, and Panagopoulos (2013, Reasoning about interference between units: A general framework, Political Analysis 21(1):97–124; henceforth BFP) showed that one could use Fisher's randomization-based hypothesis testing framework to assess counterfactual causal models of treatment propagation and spillover across social networks. This research note improves the statistical inference presented in BFP (2013) by substituting a test statistic based on a sum of squared residuals and
more » ... d residuals and incorporating information about the fixed network for the simple Kolmogorov–Smirnov test statistic (Hollander 1999, section 5.4) they used. This note incrementally improves the application of BFP's "reasoning about interference" approach. We do not offer general results about test statistics for multi-parameter causal models on social networks here, but instead hope to stimulate further, and deeper, work on test statistics and sharp hypothesis testing.
doi:10.1093/pan/mpw018 fatcat:fm5smwwxlbcplalavrv5vz7xvu