## Abstract

Two commonly used approximations for the inverse distribution function of the normal distribution are Schmeiser's (1979) and Shore's (1982). Both approximations are based on a power transformation of either the cumulative density function (CDF) or a simple function of it. In this note we demonstrate, that if these approximations are presented in the form of the classical one-parameter Box-Cox transformation, and the exponent of the transformation is expressed as a simple function of the CDF, then the accuracy of both approximations may be considerably enhanced, without losing much in algebraic simplicity. Since both approximations are special cases of more general four-parameter systems of distributions, the results presented here indicate that the accuracy of the latter, when used to represent non-normal density functions, may also be considerably enhanced.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 1041-1047 |

Number of pages | 7 |

Journal | Communications in Statistics Part B: Simulation and Computation |

Volume | 26 |

Issue number | 3 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1 Jan 1997 |

## Keywords

- Box-Cox transformation
- Quantile function
- Schmeiser's approximation
- Shore's approximation

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Statistics and Probability
- Modeling and Simulation