[R] exact values for p-values

David Duffy David.Duffy at qimr.edu.au
Wed Jul 13 09:46:38 CEST 2005

> This is obtained from F =39540 with df1 = 1, df2 = 7025.
> Suppose am interested in exact value such as

If it were really necessary, you would have to move to multiple
precision.  The gmp R package doesn't seem to yet cover this, but FMLIB
(TOMS814, DM Smith) is a multiple precision f90 library that does
include the incomplete beta -- it allows one to say for F(1,7025)=39540,
P=6.31E-2886 (evaluated using 200 sign. digit arithmetic).  Results from
R's pf() agree quite closely with the FMLIB results for less extreme values
> print(pf(1500,1,7025,lower=FALSE), digits=20)
 [1] 1.3702710894887480597e-297

cf   1.37027108948832580215549799419452388134616261215463681945E-297

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