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

Approximate the probability density or cumulative distribution function of a distribution via its raw cumulants.

1 2 3 |

`x` |
where to evaluate the approximate density. |

`raw.cumulants` |
an atomic array of the 1st through kth raw cumulants
of the probability distribution. The first cumulant is the mean, the
second is the variance. The third is |

`support` |
the support of the density function. It is assumed that the density is zero on the complement of this open interval. |

`log` |
logical; if TRUE, densities |

`q` |
where to evaluate the approximate distribution. |

`log.p` |
logical; if TRUE, probabilities p are given
as |

`lower.tail` |
whether to compute the lower tail. If false, we approximate the survival function. |

Given the raw cumulants of a probability distribution, we can approximate the probability density function, or the cumulative distribution function, via an Edgeworth expansion on the standardized distribution. The derivation of the Edgeworth expansion is rather more complicated than that of the Gram Charlier approximation, involving the characteristic function and an expression of the higher order derivatives of the composition of functions; see Blinnikov and Moessner for more details. The Edgeworth expansion can be expressed succinctly as

*sigma f(sigma x) = phi(x) + phi(x) sum_{1 <= s} sigma^s sum_{k_m} He_{s+2r}(x) c_{k_m},*

where the second sum is over some partitions, and the constant *c*
involves cumulants up to order *s+2*. Unlike the Gram Charlier
expansion, of which it is a rearrangement, the Edgeworth expansion
is arranged in increasing powers of the standard deviation
*sigma*.

The approximate density at `x`

, or the approximate CDF at
`q`

.

Monotonicity of the CDF is not guaranteed.

Steven E. Pav [email protected]

S. Blinnikov and R. Moessner. "Expansions for nearly Gaussian distributions." Astronomy and Astrophysics Supplement 130 (1998): 193-205. http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/9711239

the Gram Charlier expansions, `dapx_gca, papx_gca`

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# normal distribution, for which this is silly
xvals <- seq(-2,2,length.out=501)
d1 <- dapx_edgeworth(xvals, c(0,1,0,0,0,0))
d2 <- dnorm(xvals)
d1 - d2
qvals <- seq(-2,2,length.out=501)
p1 <- papx_edgeworth(qvals, c(0,1,0,0,0,0))
p2 <- pnorm(qvals)
p1 - p2
``` |

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