An improved sib‐pair test for linkage is introduced which is superior to the previously proposed tests. The test is derived from the standard chi‐squared goodness of fit statistic by restricting the alternative hypothesis to the genetically possible. Critical values are given and exact power comparisons are made with the previously proposed tests. The new test is shown to be more powerful for finite samples as well as being asymptotically uniformly most powerful. © 1993 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.
- chi‐squared goodness of fit statistic
- most powerful test
- sib‐pair method
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