[R] truncpareto() - doesn't like my data and odd error message

John Hillier J.Hillier at lboro.ac.uk
Thu Mar 10 09:22:18 CET 2016

Thank you Peter,

I believe this might be the way the error message is hard coded (i.e. it's always y to describe the input).  Anyway, I changed the first line to 
> pdataH <- data.frame(y = H_to_fit$Height)
This makes the input 'y' instead of 'H_to_fit.Height', but makes no difference to the outcome/error message.


Dr John Hillier
Senior Lecturer - Physical Geography
Loughborough University
01509 223727

From: peter dalgaard <pdalgd at gmail.com>
Sent: 09 March 2016 19:58
To: John Hillier
Cc: r-help at r-project.org
Subject: Re: [R] truncpareto() - doesn't like my data and odd error message

> On 09 Mar 2016, at 18:52 , John Hillier <J.Hillier at lboro.ac.uk> wrote:
> Dear All,
> I am attempting to describe a distribution of height data.  It appears roughly linear on a log-log plot, so Pareto seems sensible.  However, the data are only reliable in a limited range (e.g. 2000 to 4800 m). So, I would like to fit a Pareto distribution to the reliable (i.e. truncated) section of the data.
> I found truncpareto(), and implemented one of its example uses successfully.  Specifically, the third one at http://www.inside-r.org/packages/cran/vgam/docs/paretoff (also see p.s.).
> When I try to run my data, I get the output below. Inputs shown with chevrons.
>> pdataH <- data.frame(H_to_fit$Height)
>> summary(pdataH)
>   H_to_fit.Height
>   Min.   :2000
>   1st Qu.:2281
>   Median :2666
>   Mean   :2825
>   3rd Qu.:3212
>   Max.   :4794
>> fit3 <- vglm(y ~ 1, truncpareto(2000, 4794), data = pdataH, trace = TRUE)
> Error in eval(expr, envir, enclos) :
>  the value of argument 'lower' is too high (requires '0 < lower < min(y)')
> This is odd as the usage format is - truncpareto(lower, upper), and varying 2000 to 1900 and 2100 makes no difference. Neither do smaller or larger variations. From the summary I think that my lowest input is 2000, which I am taking as min(y). I have also played with the upper limit.  pdataH has 2117 observations in it.
> Is this a data format thing? i.e. of pdataH (a tried a few things, but to no avail)

Umm, it doesn't seem to have a column called "y"?

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