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From "Gilles (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MATH-1129) Percentile Computation errs
Date Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:23:05 GMT

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Gilles commented on MATH-1129:
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> Percentile Computation errs
> ---------------------------
>
>                 Key: MATH-1129
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MATH-1129
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 3.2
>         Environment: Java 1.8.0
>            Reporter: Carl Witt
>
> In the following test, the 75th percentile is _smaller_ than the 25th percentile, leaving
me with a negative interquartile range.
> {code:title=Bar.java|borderStyle=solid}
> @Test public void negativePercentiles(){
>         double[] data = new double[]{
>                 -0.012086732064244697, 
>                 -0.24975668704012527, 
>                 0.5706168483164684, 
>                 -0.322111769955327, 
>                 0.24166759508327315, 
>                 Double.NaN, 
>                 0.16698443218942854, 
>                 -0.10427763937565114, 
>                 -0.15595963093172435, 
>                 -0.028075857595882995, 
>                 -0.24137994506058857, 
>                 0.47543170476574426, 
>                 -0.07495595384947631, 
>                 0.37445697625436497, 
>                 -0.09944199541668033
>         };
>         DescriptiveStatistics descriptiveStatistics = new DescriptiveStatistics(data);
>         double threeQuarters = descriptiveStatistics.getPercentile(75);
>         double oneQuarter = descriptiveStatistics.getPercentile(25);
>         double IQR = threeQuarters - oneQuarter;
>         
>         System.out.println(String.format("25th percentile %s 75th percentile %s", oneQuarter,
threeQuarters ));
>         
>         assert IQR >= 0;
>         
>     }
> {code}



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