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GUILLEN-OVIEDO, Helen S.; CID-SERRANO, Luis R.  and  ALFARO-MARTINEZ, Eric J.. Comparison of parameters of the generalized extreme value distribution associated with extreme rainfall events in Central America. Uniciencia [online]. 2020, vol.34, n.1, pp.111-128. ISSN 2215-3470.

The generalized extreme value distribution (GEVD) was used to model extreme rainfall events in Central America for a period of 30 years, beginning in 1971. Data consisted of daily rainfall records of 103 meteorological stations located throughout the isthmus. Central America was divided into 3 regions: Pacific, Caribbean and an intermediate zone. A bootstrap hypothesis test was used to compare the parameters of location, scale and form of the 3 regions. The results of the study showed significant differences between the 3 regions, mainly in terms of location and scale parameters.

Keywords : extreme value distribution; rainfall; Central America; Pacific slope; Caribbean slope.

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