# [R] How to plot a shifted Gamma distribution

(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at wlandres.net
Thu Feb 13 18:27:35 CET 2014

```On 13-Feb-2014 15:30:43 Rodrigo Cesar Silva wrote:
> I have the parameters of a gamma distribution that I am trying to plot.
> The parameters are shape = 2, scale = 5.390275 and the minimum value
> x0 is 65.44945.
>
> Since the gamma is shifted by x0, we have
>
Mean = shape*scale + x0 = 76.23
>
> My question is, how can I do it in r?
>
> I was trying to use dgamma function, but I saw no options to offset
> the gamma distribution. I can only use the shape and scale parameters,
> like this:
>
>> x <- seq(from=0, to=100, length.out=100)
>
>> plot(x, dgamma(x, shape=2, scale=5.390275),
>       main="Gamma",type='l')

If all that is happening is that the distribution is the same as that
of a Gamma distribution with origin at 0, but simply shifted to the
right by an amount x0 (though I am wondering what context this could
arise in), then the commands

x <- seq(from=0, to=100, length.out=100)
x0 <- 65.44945
plot(x+x0, dgamma(x, shape=2, scale=5.390275),
main="Gamma",type='l')

will produce such a plot. However, I wonder if you have correctly
expressed the problem!

Ted.

> This generates a distribution with origin equal zero, but I want the
> origin to be x0
>
> How can I handle shifted gamma distribution in r?
>
> Thanks a lot!
> Rodrigo.

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