[Rd] update on dnbinom with large "size"
Ben Bolker
bolker at ufl.edu
Fri Jul 4 04:36:09 CEST 2008
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~ turns out I don't need to look at the C code.
~ if one uses the mu/size parameterization of the
negative binomial, R computes size/(size+mu) to
switch parameterizations. If size>>mu this
gets rounded to 1 ... should be easy enough
to test and return NA under these circumstances?
function (x, size, prob, mu, log = FALSE)
{
~ if (!missing(mu)) {
~ if (!missing(prob))
~ stop("'prob' and 'mu' both specified")
~ prob <- size/(size + mu)
~ }
~ .Internal(dnbinom(x, size, prob, log))
}
~ Ben Bolker
- --------------------------
~ Check it out:
curve(dnbinom(1,mu=0.5,size=x),log="x",from=1,to=1e18)
abline(h=dpois(1,lambda=0.5),col=2,lty=2)
text(1,dpois(1,lambda=0.5)+0.02,"Poisson",col=2,pos=4)
~ I will take a look in the C code when I get
a chance to see if I can offer
a patch, but in the meantime wanted to alert people to
this "feature" ... (it looks like I will have to go
through dnbinom and dbinom_raw to see where the problem
is ...)
~ Ben Bolker
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