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Estimate the location and scale parameters of an extreme value distribution, and optionally construct a confidence interval for one of the parameters.
1 2 3 4 
x 
numeric vector of observations. 
method 
character string specifying the method of estimation. Possible values are

pwme.method 
character string specifying what method to use to compute the
probabilityweighted moments when 
plot.pos.cons 
numeric vector of length 2 specifying the constants used in the formula for the
plotting positions when 
ci 
logical scalar indicating whether to compute a confidence interval for the
location or scale parameter. The default value is 
ci.parameter 
character string indicating the parameter for which the confidence interval is
desired. The possible values are 
ci.type 
character string indicating what kind of confidence interval to compute. The
possible values are 
ci.method 
character string indicating what method to use to construct the confidence interval
for the location or scale parameter. Currently, the only possible value is

conf.level 
a scalar between 0 and 1 indicating the confidence level of the confidence interval.
The default value is 
If x
contains any missing (NA
), undefined (NaN
) or
infinite (Inf
, Inf
) values, they will be removed prior to
performing the estimation.
Let \underline{x} = (x_1, x_2, …, x_n) be a vector of
n observations from an extreme value distribution with
parameters location=
η and scale=
θ.
Estimation
Maximum Likelihood Estimation (method="mle"
)
The maximum likelihood estimators (mle's) of η and θ are
the solutions of the simultaneous equations (Forbes et al., 2011):
\hat{η}_mle = \hat{θ}_mle \, log[\frac{1}{n} ∑_{i=1}^{n} exp(\frac{x_i}{\hat{θ}_mle})]
\hat{θ}_mle = \bar{x}  \frac{∑_{i=1}^{n} x_i exp(\frac{x_i}{\hat{θ}_mle})}{∑_{i=1}^{n} exp(\frac{x_i}{\hat{θ}_mle})}
where
\bar{x} = \frac{1}{n} ∑_{i=1}^n x_i
.
Method of Moments Estimation (method="mme"
)
The method of moments estimators (mme's) of η and θ are
given by (Johnson et al., 1995, p.27):
\hat{η}_{mme} = \bar{x}  ε \hat{θ}_{mme}
\hat{θ}_{mme} = \frac{√{6}}{π} s_m
where ε denotes Euler's constant and s_m denotes the square root of the method of moments estimator of variance:
s_m^2 = \frac{1}{n} ∑_{i=1}^n (x_i  \bar{x})^2
Method of Moments Estimators Based on the Unbiased Estimator of Variance (method="mmue"
)
These estimators are the same as the method of moments estimators except that
the method of moments estimator of variance is replaced with the unbiased estimator
of variance:
s^2 = \frac{1}{n1} ∑_{i=1}^n (x_i  \bar{x})^2
ProbabilityWeighted Moments Estimation (method="pwme"
)
Greenwood et al. (1979) show that the relationship between the distribution
parameters η and θ and the probabilityweighted moments
is given by:
η = M(1, 0, 0)  ε θ
θ = \frac{M(1, 0, 0)  2M(1, 0, 1)}{log(2)}
where M(i, j, k) denotes the ijk'th probabilityweighted moment and
ε denotes Euler's constant.
The probabilityweighted moment estimators (pwme's) of η and
θ are computed by simply replacing the M(i,j,k)'s in the
above two equations with estimates of the M(i,j,k)'s (and for the
estimate of η, replacing θ with its estimated value).
See the help file for pwMoment
for more information on how to
estimate the M(i,j,k)'s. Also, see Landwehr et al. (1979) for an example
of this method of estimation using the unbiased (Ustatistic type)
probabilityweighted moment estimators. Hosking et al. (1985) note that this
method of estimation using the Ustatistic type probabilityweighted moments
is equivalent to Downton's (1966) linear estimates with linear coefficients.
Confidence Intervals
When ci=TRUE
, an approximate (1α)100% confidence intervals
for η can be constructed assuming the distribution of the estimator of
η is approximately normally distributed. A twosided confidence
interval is constructed as:
[\hat{η}  t(n1, 1α/2) \hat{σ}_{\hat{η}}, \, \hat{η} + t(n1, 1α/2) \hat{σ}_{\hat{η}}]
where t(ν, p) is the p'th quantile of Student's tdistribution with ν degrees of freedom, and the quantity
\hat{σ}_{\hat{η}}
denotes the estimated asymptotic standard deviation of the estimator of η.
Similarly, a twosided confidence interval for θ is constructed as:
[\hat{θ}  t(n1, 1α/2) \hat{σ}_{\hat{θ}}, \, \hat{θ} + t(n1, 1α/2) \hat{σ}_{\hat{θ}}]
Onesided confidence intervals for η and θ are computed in a similar fashion.
Maximum Likelihood (method="mle"
)
Downton (1966) shows that the estimated asymptotic variances of the mle's of
η and θ are given by:
\hat{σ}_{\hat{η}_mle}^2 = \frac{\hat{θ}_mle^2}{n} [1 + \frac{6(1  ε)^2}{π^2}] = \frac{1.10867 \hat{θ}_mle^2}{n}
\hat{σ}_{\hat{θ}_mle}^2 = \frac{6}{π^2} \frac{\hat{θ}_mle^2}{n} = \frac{0.60793 \hat{θ}_mle^2}{n}
where ε denotes Euler's constant.
Method of Moments (method="mme"
or method="mmue"
)
Tiago de Oliveira (1963) and Johnson et al. (1995, p.27) show that the
estimated asymptotic variance of the mme's of η and θ
are given by:
\hat{σ}_{\hat{η}_mme}^2 = \frac{\hat{θ}_mme^2}{n} [\frac{π^2}{6} + \frac{ε^2}{4}(β_2  1)  \frac{π ε √{β_1}}{√{6}}] = \frac{1.1678 \hat{θ}_mme^2}{n}
\hat{σ}_{\hat{θ}_mme}^2 = \frac{\hat{θ}_mle^2}{n} \frac{(β_2  1)}{4} = \frac{1.1 \hat{θ}_mme^2}{n}
where the quantities
√{β_1}, \; β_2
denote the skew and kurtosis of the distribution, and ε denotes Euler's constant.
The estimated asymptotic variances of the mmue's of η and θ are the same, except replace the mme of θ in the above equations with the mmue of θ.
ProbabilityWeighted Moments (method="pwme"
)
As stated above, Hosking et al. (1985) note that this method of estimation using
the Ustatistic type probabilityweighted moments is equivalent to
Downton's (1966) linear estimates with linear coefficients. Downton (1966)
provides exact values of the variances of the estimates of location and scale
parameters for the smallest extreme value distribution. For the largest extreme
value distribution, the formula for the estimate of scale is the same, but the
formula for the estimate of location must be modified. Thus, Downton's (1966)
equation (3.4) is modified to:
\hat{η}_pwme = \frac{(n1)log(2) + (n+1)ε}{n(n1)log(2)} v  \frac{2 ε}{n(n1)log(2)} w
where ε denotes Euler's constant, and
v and w are defined in Downton (1966, p.8). Using
Downton's (1966) equations (3.9)(3.12), the exact variance of the pwme of
η can be derived. Note that when method="pwme"
and
pwme.method="plotting.position"
, these are only the asymptotically correct
variances.
a list of class "estimate"
containing the estimated parameters and other information.
See
estimate.object
for details.
There are three families of extreme value distributions. The one described here is the Type I, also called the Gumbel extreme value distribution or simply Gumbel distribution. The name “extreme value” comes from the fact that this distribution is the limiting distribution (as n approaches infinity) of the greatest value among n independent random variables each having the same continuous distribution.
The Gumbel extreme value distribution is related to the
exponential distribution as follows.
Let Y be an exponential random variable
with parameter rate=
λ. Then X = η  log(Y)
has an extreme value distribution with parameters
location=
η and scale=
1/λ.
The distribution described above and assumed by eevd
is the
largest extreme value distribution. The smallest extreme value
distribution is the limiting distribution (as n approaches infinity)
of the smallest value among
n independent random variables each having the same continuous distribution.
If X has a largest extreme value distribution with parameters
location=
η and scale=
θ, then
Y = X has a smallest extreme value distribution with parameters
location=
η and scale=
θ. The smallest
extreme value distribution is related to the Weibull distribution
as follows. Let Y be a Weibull random variable with
parameters
shape=
β and scale=
α. Then X = log(Y)
has a smallest extreme value distribution with parameters location=
log(α)
and scale=
1/β.
The extreme value distribution has been used extensively to model the distribution of streamflow, flooding, rainfall, temperature, wind speed, and other meteorological variables, as well as material strength and life data.
Steven P. Millard (EnvStats@ProbStatInfo.com)
Castillo, E. (1988). Extreme Value Theory in Engineering. Academic Press, New York, pp.184–198.
Downton, F. (1966). Linear Estimates of Parameters in the Extreme Value Distribution. Technometrics 8(1), 3–17.
Forbes, C., M. Evans, N. Hastings, and B. Peacock. (2011). Statistical Distributions. Fourth Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
Greenwood, J.A., J.M. Landwehr, N.C. Matalas, and J.R. Wallis. (1979). Probability Weighted Moments: Definition and Relation to Parameters of Several Distributions Expressible in Inverse Form. Water Resources Research 15(5), 1049–1054.
Hosking, J.R.M., J.R. Wallis, and E.F. Wood. (1985). Estimation of the Generalized ExtremeValue Distribution by the Method of ProbabilityWeighted Moments. Technometrics 27(3), 251–261.
Johnson, N. L., S. Kotz, and N. Balakrishnan. (1995). Continuous Univariate Distributions, Volume 2. Second Edition. John Wiley and Sons, New York.
Landwehr, J.M., N.C. Matalas, and J.R. Wallis. (1979). Probability Weighted Moments Compared With Some Traditional Techniques in Estimating Gumbel Parameters and Quantiles. Water Resources Research 15(5), 1055–1064.
Tiago de Oliveira, J. (1963). Decision Results for the Parameters of the Extreme Value (Gumbel) Distribution Based on the Mean and Standard Deviation. Trabajos de Estadistica 14, 61–81.
Extreme Value Distribution, Euler's Constant.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60  # Generate 20 observations from an extreme value distribution with
# parameters location=2 and scale=1, then estimate the parameters
# and construct a 90% confidence interval for the location parameter.
# (Note: the call to set.seed simply allows you to reproduce this example.)
set.seed(250)
dat < revd(20, location = 2)
eevd(dat, ci = TRUE, conf.level = 0.9)
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: Extreme Value
#
#Estimated Parameter(s): location = 1.9684093
# scale = 0.7481955
#
#Estimation Method: mle
#
#Data: dat
#
#Sample Size: 20
#
#Confidence Interval for: location
#
#Confidence Interval Method: Normal Approximation
# (t Distribution)
#
#Confidence Interval Type: twosided
#
#Confidence Level: 90%
#
#Confidence Interval: LCL = 1.663809
# UCL = 2.273009
#
#Compare the values of the different types of estimators:
eevd(dat, method = "mle")$parameters
# location scale
#1.9684093 0.7481955
eevd(dat, method = "mme")$parameters
# location scale
#1.9575980 0.8339256
eevd(dat, method = "mmue")$parameters
# location scale
#1.9450932 0.8555896
eevd(dat, method = "pwme")$parameters
# location scale
#1.9434922 0.8583633
#
# Clean up
#
rm(dat)

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