LN_Quant {BayesLN}R Documentation

Bayesian estimate of the log-normal quantiles

Description

This function produces an estimate for the log-normal distribution quantile of fixed level quant.

Usage

LN_Quant(
  x,
  quant,
  method = "weak_inf",
  x_transf = TRUE,
  guess_s2 = NULL,
  CI = TRUE,
  alpha_CI = 0.05,
  type_CI = "two-sided",
  method_CI = "exact",
  rel_tol_CI = 1e-05,
  nrep_CI = 1e+06
)

Arguments

x

Vector of data used to estimate the quantile.

quant

Number between 0 and 1 that indicates the quantile of interest.

method

String that indicates the prior setting to adopt. Choosing "weak_inf" a weakly informative prior setting is adopted, whereas selecting "optimal" the hyperparameters are fixed trough a numerical optimization algorithm aimed at minimizing the frequentist MSE.

x_transf

Logical. If TRUE, the x vector is assumed already log-transformed.

guess_s2

Specification of a guess for the variance if available. If not, the sample estimate is used.

CI

Logical. With the default choice TRUE, the posterior credibility interval is computed.

alpha_CI

Level of alpha that determines the credibility (1-alpha_CI) of the posterior interval.

type_CI

String that indicates the type of interval to compute: "two-sided" (default), "UCL" (i.e. Upper Credible Limit) for upper one-sided intervals or "LCL" (i.e. Lower Credible Limit) for lower one-sided intervals.

method_CI

String that indicates if the limits should be computed through the logSMNG quantile function qlSMNG (option "exact", default), or by randomly generating a sample ("simulation") using the function rlSMNG.

rel_tol_CI

Level of relative tolerance required for the integrate procedure or for the infinite sum. Default set to 1e-5.

nrep_CI

Number of simulations in case of method="simulation".

Details

The function allows to carry out Bayesian inference for the unconditional quantiles of a sample that is assumed log-normally distributed.

A generalized inverse Gaussian prior is assumed for the variance in the log scale σ^2, whereas a flat improper prior is assumed for the mean in the log scale ξ.

Two alternative hyperparamters setting are implemented (choice controlled by the argument method): a weakly informative proposal and an optimal one.

Value

The function returns the prior parameters and their posterior values, summary statistics of the log-scale parameters and the estimate of the specified quantile: the posterior mean and variance are provided by default. Moreover, the user can control the computation of posterior intervals.

Source

Gardini, A., C. Trivisano, and E. Fabrizi. Bayesian inference for quantiles of the log-normal distribution. Biometrical Journal (2020).

Examples

library(BayesLN)
data("EPA09")
LN_Quant(x = EPA09, x_transf = FALSE, quant = 0.95, method = "optimal", CI = FALSE)
LN_Quant(x = EPA09, x_transf = FALSE, quant = 0.95, method = "weak_inf",
        alpha_CI = 0.05, type_CI = "UCL")


[Package BayesLN version 0.2.2 Index]