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From "Aleksei Dievskii (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MATH-1039) Logarithmic probability and density calculations for the distributions
Date Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:31:42 GMT


Aleksei Dievskii commented on MATH-1039:

1. I didn't know that interfaces couldn't be changed outside a major release. Of course, keeping
the changes to abstract parents will cover the immediate needs.
2. The reference data come from R (so I just haven't changed the overall testing data disclaimer).
I used the standard density functions (dpois, dnorm and so on) with log=TRUE argument.

> Logarithmic probability and density calculations for the distributions
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MATH-1039
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Aleksei Dievskii
>            Priority: Minor
>              Labels: features, patch
>         Attachments: LOGDENSITY.patch
> A person working with fairly small probabilities and densities often employs their logarithms
to increase precision and decrease the chance of an underflow. However, just taking a log
of the probability() or density() return value doesn't necessary solve the problem, as these
methods themselves could have lost precision or underflowed. This patch introduces new logProbability()
and logDensity() methods overriden for many relevant distribution. The patch also introduces
tests of these new methods.

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