[R] extension of rnormp package

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jul 24 07:39:05 CEST 2007

On Mon, 23 Jul 2007, Iwona Szyd?owska wrote:

> Hello,

> I would like to ask You, how to generate random numbers from an 
> exponential power family with a shape parameter p less than 1(p->0). I 
> found the rnormp package, which can generate numbers from this 
> distribution, but only for parameter less or equal 1.

It seems you mean package 'normalp', and that the package author believes 
that the exponential power distribution is only defined for p >= 1 
(although that is not on the help page). Other authors believe it is 
defined by a relationship to the gamma for all p > 0. So all you need to 
do is to change the condition from p < 1 to p <= 0 in rnormp and friends.

However, the algorithms used are not adequate for large or small p.  We 
know that the distribution tends to uniform for p -> Inf, but pnormp and 
rnormp break down for quite modest values of p.  As p -> 0 it tends to a 
point distribution at 0, but you will see very large values far too often.
So if you want p smaller than say 0.01 you will need to implement a 
different algorithm.

> Regards,
>            Iwona Szydlowska
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