# [R] maxLik: different estimations from different packages

alfonso.carfora at uniparthenope.it alfonso.carfora at uniparthenope.it
Fri May 10 12:51:35 CEST 2013

```Dear all,

we are computing maximum likelihood estimations using maxLik package
and we realized that the results of the estimation depend on the
version of the package installed

for example if we try to estimate this function with an old version of
maxLik under R 2.13.1 (32 bit version installed 2 years ago):

L<-function (param) {b0t<-param[1]
p1t<-param[2]
p2t<-param[3]
p3t<-param[4]
p4t<-param[5]

for(i in 17:T) {n[i,]<- b0t + p1t*a[i-1] + p2t*sum(a[(i-4):(i-1)]) +
p3t*(sum(a[(i-8):(i-1)])) + p4t*(sum(a[(i-16):(i-1)]))
m[i,]<-exp(n[i])/(1+exp(n[i]))
ll[i-16,]<-a[i]*log(m[i])+(1-a[i])*log(1-m[i]) }
sum(ll)}
b2<-maxLik(L, start=c(-2.8158,5,-1,0.3213,-0.3112))

we obtain this results:

summary(b2)

Maximum Likelihood estimation
Newton-Raphson maximisation, 16 iterations
Return code 2: successive function values within tolerance limit
Log-Likelihood: -38.11285
5  free parameters
Estimates:
Estimate Std. error t value   Pr(> t)
[1,]  -2.81578    0.43548 -6.4660 1.007e-10 ***
[2,]  50.50024   13.17046  3.8344 0.0001259 ***
[3,] -11.53344    3.31075 -3.4836 0.0004947 ***
[4,]   0.32130    0.42978  0.7476 0.4547096
[5,]  -0.31121    0.23245 -1.3388 0.1806280
---
Signif. codes:  0 ?***? 0.001 ?**? 0.01 ?*? 0.05 ?.? 0.1 ? ? 1
--------------------------------------------

NB: a is a binary time series

if we try to estimate the same function using the last version of
converge and this is the error message:

Iteration 15
Parameter:
[1]  -2.8146429  51.3042554 -11.7373313   0.3245214  -0.3125767
[1] NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN
hessOrig = hess,  :

What causes this?

Thanks
Alfonso

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