## Abstract

Three statistical models are used to predict the upper percentiles of the distribution of air pollutant concentrations from restricted data sets recorded over yearly time intervals. The first is an empirical quantile-quantile model. It requires firstly that a more complete date set be available from a base site within the same airshed, and secondly that the base and restricted data sets are drawn from the same distributional form. A two-sided Kolmogorov-Smirnov two-sample test is applied to test the validity of the latter assumption, a test not requiring the assumption of a particular distributional form. The second model represents the a priori selection of a distributional model for the air quality data. To demonstrate this approach the two-parameter lognormal, gamma and Weibull models and the one-parameter exponential model were separately applied to all the restricted data sets. A third model employs a model identification procedure on each data set. It selects the 'best fit' model.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 29-46 |

Number of pages | 18 |

Journal | Environmental Monitoring and Assessment |

Volume | 9 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Jul 1987 |