prefit: Pre-fitting procedure

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Author(s) References See Also Examples

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Description

Search good starting values

Usage

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prefit(data, distr, method = c("mle", "mme", "qme", "mge"), 
  feasible.par, memp=NULL, order=NULL,
  probs=NULL, qtype=7, gof=NULL, fix.arg=NULL, lower, 
  upper, weights=NULL, silent=TRUE, ...)

Arguments

data

A numeric vector.

distr

A character string "name" naming a distribution for which the corresponding density function dname, the corresponding distribution function pname and the corresponding quantile function qname must be defined, or directly the density function.

method

A character string coding for the fitting method: "mle" for 'maximum likelihood estimation', "mme" for 'moment matching estimation', "qme" for 'quantile matching estimation' and "mge" for 'maximum goodness-of-fit estimation'.

feasible.par

A named list giving the initial values of parameters of the named distribution or a function of data computing initial values and returning a named list. This argument may be omitted (default) for some distributions for which reasonable starting values are computed (see the 'details' section of mledist). It may not be into account for closed-form formulas.

order

A numeric vector for the moment order(s). The length of this vector must be equal to the number of parameters to estimate.

memp

A function implementing empirical moments, raw or centered but has to be consistent with distr argument (and weights argument).

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).

gof

A character string coding for the name of the goodness-of-fit distance used : "CvM" for Cramer-von Mises distance,"KS" for Kolmogorov-Smirnov distance, "AD" for Anderson-Darling distance, "ADR", "ADL", "AD2R", "AD2L" and "AD2" for variants of Anderson-Darling distance described by Luceno (2006).

fix.arg

An optional named list giving the values of fixed parameters of the named distribution or a function of data computing (fixed) parameter values and returning a named list. Parameters with fixed value are thus NOT estimated by this maximum likelihood procedure. The use of this argument is not possible if method="mme" and a closed-form formula is used.

weights

an optional vector of weights to be used in the fitting process. Should be NULL or a numeric vector. If non-NULL, weighted MLE is used, otherwise ordinary MLE.

silent

A logical to remove or show warnings.

lower

Lower bounds on the parameters.

upper

Upper bounds on the parameters.

...

Further arguments to be passed to generic functions, or to one of the functions "mledist", "mmedist", "qmedist" or "mgedist" depending of the chosen method. See mledist, mmedist, qmedist, mgedist for details on parameter estimation.

Details

Searching good starting values is achieved by transforming the parameters (from their constraint interval to the real line) of the probability distribution. Indeed,

Once parameters are transformed, an optimization is carried out by a quasi-Newton algorithm (typically BFGS) and then we transform them back to original parameter value.

Value

A named list.

Author(s)

Christophe Dutang and Marie-Laure Delignette-Muller.

References

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

See Also

See mledist, mmedist, qmedist, mgedist for details on parameter estimation. See fitdist for the main procedure.

Examples

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# (1) fit of a gamma distribution by maximum likelihood estimation
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x <- rgamma(1e3, 5/2, 7/2)

prefit(x, "gamma", "mle", list(shape=3, scale=3), lower=-Inf, upper=Inf)

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