lgammaff: Log-gamma Distribution Family Function

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Log-gamma Distribution Family Function


Estimation of the parameter of the standard and nonstandard log-gamma distribution.


lgamma1(lshape = "loglink", ishape = NULL)
lgamma3(llocation = "identitylink", lscale = "loglink",
   lshape = "loglink", ilocation = NULL, iscale = NULL, ishape = 1,
   zero = c("scale", "shape"))


llocation, lscale

Parameter link function applied to the location parameter a and the positive scale parameter b. See Links for more choices.


Parameter link function applied to the positive shape parameter k. See Links for more choices.


Initial value for k. If given, it must be positive. If failure to converge occurs, try some other value. The default means an initial value is determined internally.

ilocation, iscale

Initial value for a and b. The defaults mean an initial value is determined internally for each.


An integer-valued vector specifying which linear/additive predictors are modelled as intercepts only. The values must be from the set {1,2,3}. The default value means none are modelled as intercept-only terms. See CommonVGAMffArguments for more information.


The probability density function of the standard log-gamma distribution is given by

f(y;k) = exp[ky - exp(y)]/gamma(k),

for parameter k>0 and all real y. The mean of Y is digamma(k) (returned as the fitted values) and its variance is trigamma(k).

For the non-standard log-gamma distribution, one replaces y by (y-a)/b, where a is the location parameter and b is the positive scale parameter. Then the density function is

f(y) = exp[k(y-a)/b - exp((y-a)/b)]/(b*gamma(k)).

The mean and variance of Y are a + b*digamma(k) (returned as the fitted values) and b^2 * trigamma(k), respectively.


An object of class "vglmff" (see vglmff-class). The object is used by modelling functions such as vglm, and vgam.


The standard log-gamma distribution can be viewed as a generalization of the standard type 1 extreme value density: when k = 1 the distribution of -Y is the standard type 1 extreme value distribution.

The standard log-gamma distribution is fitted with lgamma1 and the non-standard (3-parameter) log-gamma distribution is fitted with lgamma3.


T. W. Yee


Kotz, S. and Nadarajah, S. (2000). Extreme Value Distributions: Theory and Applications, pages 48–49, London: Imperial College Press.

Johnson, N. L. and Kotz, S. and Balakrishnan, N. (1995). Continuous Univariate Distributions, 2nd edition, Volume 2, p.89, New York: Wiley.

See Also

rlgamma, gengamma.stacy, prentice74, gamma1, lgamma.


ldata <- data.frame(y = rlgamma(100, shape = exp(1)))
fit <- vglm(y ~ 1, lgamma1, ldata, trace = TRUE, crit = "coef")
coef(fit, matrix = TRUE)

ldata <- data.frame(x2 = runif(nn <- 5000))  # Another example
ldata <- transform(ldata, loc = -1 + 2 * x2, Scale = exp(1))
ldata <- transform(ldata, y = rlgamma(nn, loc, sc = Scale, sh = exp(0)))
fit2 <- vglm(y ~ x2, lgamma3, data = ldata, trace = TRUE, crit = "c")
coef(fit2, matrix = TRUE)

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