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From Phil Steitz <>
Subject Re: [math] Getting 1.0 out the door -- tasks remaining
Date Mon, 07 Jun 2004 00:59:50 GMT
J.Pietschmann wrote:
> Phil Steitz wrote:
>> 1) Decide what to do about inverse cumulative probabilities where p = 
>> 1 (easy solution is to document and throw)
> Nearly +1

My own "nearly +1" on this just turned to -1.  After looking some more at 
the code and thinking some more, I think that both p=1 and p=0 should be 
handled correctly in all cases.  The difficult cases are when the 
probability density function has unbounded support.  Here is what I 
propose for the values of inverseCumulativeProbability() at p=0 and p=1 
for current distributions.  Unless otherwise noted, these values are 
intented to be independent of distribution parameters.

Distribution         p=0                     p=1
Binomial               0               Integer.MAX_VALUE
Chisquare              0               Double.POSITIVE_INFINITY
Exponential            0               Double.POSITIVE_INFINITY
F                      0               Double.POSITIVE_INFINITY
Gamma                  0               Double.POSITIVE_INFINITY
HyperGeometric         0               finite, parameter-dependent

Other than the value for Chisquare with p=1 (which causes R to hang), 
these values are consistent with what R returns using the q* functions. 
It might be more convenient to return Double.MAX_VALUE, -Double.MAX_VALUE 
in place of the INFINITY's (since then we could just use 
getDomainLowerBound at 0 and 1) but this would not be correct 
mathematically.  If there are no objections, I will find a way to get the 
values above returned.


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