BMTfit.qme: Quantile Matching Fit of the BMT Distribution to Non-censored... In BMT: The BMT Distribution

Description

Fit of the BMT distribution to non-censored data by quantile matching estimation (qme).

Usage

 1 2 3 4 BMTfit.qme(data, probs = c(0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8), qtype = 7, start = list(p3 = 0.5, p4 = 0.5, p1 = min(data) - 0.1, p2 = max(data) + 0.1), fix.arg = NULL, type.p.3.4 = "t w", type.p.1.2 = "c-d", optim.method = "Nelder-Mead", custom.optim = NULL, silent = TRUE, ...)

Arguments

 data A numeric vector with the observed values for non-censored data. probs A numeric vector of the probabilities for which the quantile matching is done. The length of this vector must be equal to the number of parameters to estimate. qtype The quantile type used by the R quantile function to compute the empirical quantiles, (default 7 corresponds to the default quantile method in R). start A named list giving the initial values of parameters of the BMT distribution or a function of data computing initial values and returning a named list. (see the 'details' section of mledist). fix.arg An optional named list giving the values of fixed parameters of the BMT distribution or a function of data computing (fixed) parameter values and returning a named list. Parameters with fixed value are thus NOT estimated. (see the 'details' section of mledist). type.p.3.4 Type of parametrization asociated to p3 and p4. "t w" means tails weights parametrization (default) and "a-s" means asymmetry-steepness parametrization. type.p.1.2 Type of parametrization asociated to p1 and p2. "c-d" means domain parametrization (default) and "l-s" means location-scale parametrization. optim.method "default" (see the 'details' section of mledist) or optimization method to pass to optim. custom.optim A function carrying the optimization (see the 'details' section of mledist). silent A logical to remove or show warnings when bootstraping. ... Further arguments to be passed to generic functions or to the function "qmedist". See qmedist for details.

Details

This function is not intended to be called directly but is internally called in BMTfit when used with the quantile matching method.

BMTfit.qme is based on the function qmedist but it focuses on the quantile matching parameter estimation for the BMT distribution (see BMT for details about the BMT distribution and qmedist for details about quantile matching fit of univariate distributions).

Value

BMTfit.qme returns a list with following components,

 estimate the parameter estimates. convergence an integer code for the convergence of optim/constrOptim defined as below or defined by the user in the user-supplied optimization function. 0 indicates successful convergence. 1 indicates that the iteration limit of optim has been reached. 10 indicates degeneracy of the Nealder-Mead simplex. 100 indicates that optim encountered an internal error. value the value of the corresponding objective function of the estimation method at the estimate. hessian a symmetric matrix computed by optim as an estimate of the Hessian at the solution found or computed in the user-supplied optimization function. loglik the log-likelihood value. probs the probability vector on which quantiles are matched. optim.function the name of the optimization function used for maximum product of spacing. optim.method when optim is used, the name of the algorithm used, NULL otherwise. fix.arg the named list giving the values of parameters of the named distribution that must kept fixed rather than estimated or NULL if there are no such parameters. fix.arg.fun the function used to set the value of fix.arg or NULL. weights the vector of weigths used in the estimation process or NULL. counts A two-element integer vector giving the number of calls to the log-likelihood function and its gradient respectively. This excludes those calls needed to compute the Hessian, if requested, and any calls to log-likelihood function to compute a finite-difference approximation to the gradient. counts is returned by optim or the user-supplied function or set to NULL. optim.message A character string giving any additional information returned by the optimizer, or NULL. To understand exactly the message, see the source code.

Author(s)

Camilo Jose Torres-Jimenez [aut,cre] cjtorresj@unal.edu.co

Source

Based on the function qmedist of the R package: fitdistrplus

Delignette-Muller ML and Dutang C (2015), fitdistrplus: An R Package for Fitting Distributions. Journal of Statistical Software, 64(4), 1-34.

References

Torres-Jimenez, C. J. (2017, September), Comparison of estimation methods for the BMT distribution. ArXiv e-prints.

Torres-Jimenez, C. J. (2018), The BMT Item Response Theory model: A new skewed distribution family with bounded domain and an IRT model based on it, PhD thesis, Doctorado en ciencias - Estadistica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Bogota.