[R] fitting distribution tails
I.Visser at uva.nl
Wed Sep 7 13:58:10 CEST 2005
Not an R-response, but see this reference:
Dolan CV, van der Maas HLJ, Molenaar PCM
A framework for ML estimation of parameters of (mixtures of) common reaction
time distributions given optional truncation or censoring
BEHAVIOR RESEARCH METHODS INSTRUMENTS & COMPUTERS 34 (3): 304-323 AUG 2002
on estimating distribution parameters on truncated data sets, there is an
accompanying program available (which may or may not easily port to R ...)
> From: "Carsten Steinhoff" <carsten.steinhoff at stud.uni-goettingen.de>
> Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 13:15:39 +0200
> To: <r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
> Subject: [R] fitting distribution tails
> I want to fit a distribution to a dataset. Important is not the "overall"
> fitting but the fitting in the tail (e.g. all observations > x or the n
> highest values). Standard ML-estimation sometimes doesn't work here very
> well. We see that especially when we have truncated datasets the algorithms
> won't converge. In the case of lognormal distribution: It seems that the
> farer the truncation point is away from the peak of the whole distribution
> the more unlikely is the convergence.
> So I think to do the following. And my questions are: Before I try to do it
> with basic R-knowledge on my own ... maybe there is a similar solution
> already available in R. And: maybe somebody can give me further reading on
> this topic or has other/better ideas how to cope this type of problem
> (except EVT-Approaches).
> First I produce the quantiles for all points of my dataset. I fix that the
> fitting will be done for the n largest values. Then an optimization
> algorithm starts. The objective function could be a goodness-of-fit
> criterion, for a first try e.g: Minimize the sum over all squared deltas
> [empirical - theoretical distribution]. In *any* case should be found
> parameters that fulfill the condition. The criterion should be able to
> overweight observations the higher they are.
> What do you think about ?
> Regards, Carsten
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