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The search for new and more efficient global sensitivity analysis methods has led to the development of the PAWN distribution-based method. This method has been proven to overcome one of the main limitation of variance-based methods – the moment independent property. In this regard, the distribution-based method has outperformed the variance-based method for some highly-skewed or multi-modal distributions. However, despite its increasing popularity, there is a lack of understanding about the performance and properties of the distribution-based method. The benchmark presented in this paper is an attempt to remedy this. We compare the distribution- based method against the variance-based method for a set of well-known test functions. We show that, whereas the distribution-based method can be used as a complementary approach to variance-based methods, which is especially useful when dealing with highly-skewed or multi-modal distributions, it fails to rank different inputs that have different orders of magnitude in their contribution of the response.
- Global sensitivity analysis
- PAWN distribution-based method
- variance-based sensitivity analysis