# [R] Help with R Fitting an inverse Gamma

R. Michael Weylandt michael.weylandt at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 17:39:33 CEST 2012

```On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM, kmammasis <mammasis82 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
>
> I am new in R and would like to ask for someone's help in understanding
> where I go wrong with the following code:
>
# > rm(list=ls())
#

Please don't include this line into your postings: it's quite rude to

> # Required packages
> library(MCMCpack)
>
> # Simulated data
> set.seed(1)
> data = rinvgamma(n=250, shape = 5, scale = 2) + 2
>

# Bad name for a data variable: see
library(fortunes)
fortune("dog")

> hist(data)
>
> # log-likelihood
> ll = function(par){
> if(par>0 & par>0 & par<min(data)) return( -sum(log(dinvgamma(data-
> par,par,par))) )
> else return(Inf)
> }
>
> # MLE
> mle = optim(c(5,2,2),ll)
> params = mle\$par
>
> # Fit
> hist(data,probability=T,ylim=c(0,2.5))
> points(seq(2,4.5,0.001),dinvgamma(seq(2,4.5,0.001)-params,params,params),type="l",col="red")
>
> This code fits an Inverse Gamma distribution to the randomly generated data
> and plots the associated histogram. My problem is that when I try to import
> a dataset saved locally it gives me an error. Here is the modification of
> the code:
>
>
>
> # Required packages
> library(MCMCpack)
>
> data=my.csv.data\$V1
> hist(data)
>
> # log-likelihood
> ll = function(par){
> if(par>0 & par>0 & par<min(data)) return( -sum(log(dinvgamma(data-
> par,par,par))) )
> else return(Inf)
> }
>
> # MLE
> mle = optim(c(5,2,2),ll)
> params = mle\$par
>
> # Fit
> hist(data,probability=T,ylim=c(0,2.5))
> points(seq(2,4.5,0.001),dinvgamma(seq(2,4.5,0.001)-params,params,params),type="l",col="red")
>
>
>
> I have attached the file which I import directly from the menu, named:
> excel250.csv. When I run the code it gives me the following error:

No you haven't. The R-help servers scrub most attachments. Use dput()
to make a nice reproducible example:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5963269/how-to-make-a-great-r-reproducible-example

Cheers,
M

>
> Error in optim(c(5, 2, 2), ll) :
>   function cannot be evaluated at initial parameters

Totally random guess: your function isn't being evaluated properly
either because i) you used the name data() which is also a function
and R is having trouble finding your data; ii) your data is such that
dinvgamma() gives bad value at the initial point c(5,2,2)

Cheers,
Michael

>
> I would appreciate your help.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Konstantinos
>
> <nabble_a href="excel250.csv">excel250.csv
>
>
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