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A von Mises variate…

Inspired from a mail that came along the previous random generation post the following question rised :

How to draw random variates from the Von Mises distribution?

First of all let’s check the pdf of the probability rule, it is f(x):=\frac{e^{b \text{Cos}[y-a]}}{2 \pi  \text{BesselI}[0,b]}, for -\pi \leq x\leq \pi .

Ok, I admit that Bessels functions can be a bit frightening, but there is a work around we can do. The solution is a Metropolis algorithm simulation. It is not necessary to know the normalizing constant, because it will cancel in the computation of the ratio. The following code is adapted from James Gentle’s notes on Mathematical Statistics .

n <- 1000
x <- rep(NA,n)
a <-1
c <-3
yi <-3
j <-0

while (i < n) {
	yip1 <- yi + 2*a*runif(1)- 1
	if (yip1 < pi & yip1 > - pi) {
		if (exp(c*(cos(yip1)-cos(yi))) > runif(1)) yi <- yip1
		else yi <- x[i-1]
		x[i] <- yip1
hist(x,probability=TRUE,fg = gray(0.7), bty="7")

R 2.11.0 due date

This is the announcement as posted in the mailing list :

This is to announce that we plan to release R version 2.11.0 on Thursday,
April 22, 2010.

Those directly involved should review the generic schedule at

The source tarballs will be made available daily (barring build
troubles) via

For the R Core Team
Peter Dalgaard
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The distribution of rho…

There was a post here about obtaining non-standard p-values for testing the correlation coefficient. The R-library


deals with this problem efficiently.



legend("topleft", col=c("black","steelblue","red","green"),lty=1,

This is how it looks like,

Now, let’s construct a table of critical values for some arbitrary or not significance levels.

xtabs(qPearson(p=q, N=23, rho = 0, lower.tail = FALSE, log.p = FALSE) ~ q )
# q
#     0.025      0.05     0.075       0.1      0.15       0.2
# 0.4130710 0.3514298 0.3099236 0.2773518 0.2258566 0.1842217

We can calculate p-values as usual too…

# [1] 0.0250003

In search of a random gamma variate…

March 16, 2010 9 comments

One of the most common exersices given to Statistical Computing,Simulation or relevant classes is the generation of random numbers from a gamma distribution. At first this might seem straightforward in terms of the lifesaving relation that exponential and gamma random variables share. So, it’s easy to get a gamma random variate using the fact that

{{X}_{i}}\tilde{\ }Exp(\lambda )\Rightarrow \sum\limits_{i}{{{X}_{i}}}\tilde{\ }Ga(k,\lambda ).

The code to do this is the following

rexp1 <- function(lambda, n) {
  u <- runif(n)
  x <- -log(u)/lambda

rgamma1 <- function(k, lambda) {
  sum(rexp1(lambda, k))

This works unfortunately only for the case k\in \mathbb{N}
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\pi day!

It’s π-day today so we gonna have a little fun today with Buffon’s needle and of course R. A well known approximation to the value of \pi is the experiment tha Buffon performed using a needle of length,l. What I do in the next is only to copy from the following file the function estPi and to use an ergodic sample plot… Lame,huh?

estPi<- function(n, l=1, t=2) {
 m <- 0
 for (i in 1:n) {
 x <- runif(1)
 theta <- runif(1, min=0, max=pi/2)
 if (x < l/2 * sin(theta)) {
 m <- m +1

So, an estimate would be…
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In a nls star things might be different than the lm planet…

March 10, 2010 1 comment

The nls() function has a well documented (and discussed) different behavior compared to the lm()’s. Specifically you can’t just put an indexed column from a data frame as an input or output of the model.

> nls(data[,2] ~ c + expFct(data[,4],beta), data =,
+ start = start.list)
Error in parse(text = x) : unexpected end of input in "~ "

The following will work, when we assign things as vectors.

> nls(y ~ c + expFct(x,beta), data =,start = start.list)
# Formula: y ~ c + expFct(x,beta)
# Parameters:
#        Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)    
# c     3.7850419  0.0042017  900.83  < 2e-16 ***
# beta  0.0053321  0.0003733   14.28 1.31e-12 ***
# ---
# Signif. codes:  0 '***' 0.001 '**' 0.01 '*' 0.05 '.' 0.1 ' ' 1
# Residual standard error: 0.01463 on 22 degrees of freedom
# Number of iterations to convergence: 1
# Achieved convergence tolerance: 7.415e-06
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February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Jobless as I might be, I do have some clients for data analysis. I try not to visit them in their office coz then things get really slow and time-consuming. When I can’t escape this, the worst thing is tuning data and software with client. So, I have a USB with portable versions of my toolbox. Yesterday, I installed R and today I tested it. It worked fine!

If you want to try it, download the software platform from here. Install it (when prompt to extract/unzip) into a file in your USB, ie /OS, and then download the R portable from here. From the portable OS menu (down-right on your screen) select install software and browse to the R portable file. After a couple of minutes you’re done!

Special thanks to Andrew Redd for providing us with the portable version.

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