The theory of runs with application to drought predictions

Lemuel Alexander Moye', The University of Texas School of Public Health


The primary interest was in predicting the distribution runs in a sequence of Bernoulli trials. Difference equation techniques were used to express the number of runs of a given length k in n trials under three assumptions (1) no runs of length greater than k, (2) no runs of length less than k, (3) no other assumptions about the length of runs. Generating functions were utilized to obtain the distributions of the future number of runs, future number of minimum run lengths and future number of the maximum run lengths unconditional on the number of successes and failures in the Bernoulli sequence. When applying the model to Texas hydrology data, the model provided an adequate fit for the data in eight of the ten regions. Suggested health applications of this approach to run theory are provided.

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Moye', Lemuel Alexander, "The theory of runs with application to drought predictions" (1987). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8809923.