nvaricp {Bolstad}R Documentation

Bayesian inference for a normal standard deviation with a scaled inverse chi-squared distribution

Description

Evaluates and plots the posterior density for sigma, the standard deviation of a Normal distribution where the mean mu is known

Usage

nvaricp(y, mu, S0, kappa, ...)

Arguments

y

a random sample from a normal(mu,sigma^2) distribution.

mu

the known population mean of the random sample.

S0

the prior scaling factor.

kappa

the degrees of freedom of the prior.

...

additional arguments that are passed to Bolstad.control

Value

A list will be returned with the following components:

sigma

the vaules of sigma for which the prior, likelihood and posterior have been calculated

prior

the prior density for sigma

likelihood

the likelihood function for sigma given y

posterior

the posterior density of sigma given y

S1

the posterior scaling constant

kappa1

the posterior degrees of freedom

Examples


## Suppose we have five observations from a normal(mu, sigma^2)
## distribution mu = 200 which are 206.4, 197.4, 212.7, 208.5.
y = c(206.4, 197.4, 212.7, 208.5, 203.4)

## We wish to choose a prior that has a median of 8. This happens when
## S0 = 29.11 and kappa = 1
nvaricp(y,200,29.11,1)

##  Same as the previous example but a calculate a 95% credible
## interval for sigma. NOTE this method has changed
results = nvaricp(y,200,29.11,1)
quantile(results, probs = c(0.025, 0.975))

[Package Bolstad version 0.2-41 Index]