eqlnormCensored {EnvStats}  R Documentation 
Estimate quantiles of a lognormal distribution given a sample of data that has been subjected to Type I censoring, and optionally construct a confidence interval for a quantile.
eqlnormCensored(x, censored, censoring.side = "left", p = 0.5, method = "mle",
ci = FALSE, ci.method = "exact.for.complete", ci.type = "twosided",
conf.level = 0.95, digits = 0, nmc = 1000, seed = NULL)
x 
a numeric vector of positive observations.
Missing ( 
censored 
numeric or logical vector indicating which values of 
censoring.side 
character string indicating on which side the censoring occurs. The possible
values are 
p 
numeric vector of probabilities for which quantiles will be estimated.
All values of 
method 
character string specifying the method of estimating the mean and standard deviation on the logscale. For singly censored data, the possible values are: For multiply censored data, the possible values are: See the DETAILS section for more information. 
ci 
logical scalar indicating whether to compute a confidence interval for the quantile.
The default value is 
ci.method 
character string indicating what method to use to construct the confidence interval
for the quantile. The possible values are: See the DETAILS section for more
information. This argument is ignored if 
ci.type 
character string indicating what kind of confidence interval for the quantile to compute.
The possible values are 
conf.level 
a scalar between 0 and 1 indicating the confidence level of the confidence interval.
The default value is 
digits 
an integer indicating the number of decimal places to round to when printing out
the value of 
nmc 
numeric scalar indicating the number of Monte Carlo simulations to run when

seed 
integer supplied to the function 
Quantiles and their associated confidence intervals are constructed by calling
the function
eqnormCensored
using the logtransformed data and then
exponentiating the quantiles and confidence limits.
eqlnormCensored
returns a list of class "estimateCensored"
containing the estimated quantile(s) and other information.
See estimateCensored.object
for details.
Percentiles are sometimes used in environmental standards and regulations. For example, Berthouex and Brown (2002, p.71) note that England has water quality limits based on the 90th and 95th percentiles of monitoring data not exceeding specified levels. They also note that the U.S. EPA has specifications for air quality monitoring, aquatic standards on toxic chemicals, and maximum daily limits for industrial effluents that are all based on percentiles. Given the importance of these quantities, it is essential to characterize the amount of uncertainty associated with the estimates of these quantities. This is done with confidence intervals.
A sample of data contains censored observations if some of the observations are reported only as being below or above some censoring level. In environmental data analysis, Type I leftcensored data sets are common, with values being reported as “less than the detection limit” (e.g., Helsel, 2012). Data sets with only one censoring level are called singly censored; data sets with multiple censoring levels are called multiply or progressively censored.
Statistical methods for dealing with censored data sets have a long history in the field of survival analysis and life testing. More recently, researchers in the environmental field have proposed alternative methods of computing estimates and confidence intervals in addition to the classical ones such as maximum likelihood estimation.
Helsel (2012, Chapter 6) gives an excellent review of past studies of the properties of various estimators based on censored environmental data.
In practice, it is better to use a confidence interval for a percentile, rather than rely on a single pointestimate of percentile. Confidence intervals for percentiles of a normal distribution depend on the properties of the estimators for both the mean and standard deviation.
Few studies have been done to evaluate the performance of methods for constructing confidence intervals for the mean or joint confidence regions for the mean and standard deviation when data are subjected to single or multiple censoring (see, for example, Singh et al., 2006). Studies to evaluate the performance of a confidence interval for a percentile include: Caudill et al. (2007), Hewett and Ganner (2007), Kroll and Stedinger (1996), and Serasinghe (2010).
Steven P. Millard (EnvStats@ProbStatInfo.com)
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eqnormCensored
, enormCensored
,
tolIntNormCensored
,
elnormCensored
, Lognormal
,
estimateCensored.object
.
# Generate 15 observations from a lognormal distribution with
# parameters meanlog=3 and sdlog=0.5, and censor observations less than 10.
# Then generate 15 more observations from this distribution and censor
# observations less than 9.
# Then estimate the 90th percentile and create a onesided upper 95%
# confidence interval for that percentile.
# (Note: the call to set.seed simply allows you to reproduce this example.)
set.seed(47)
x.1 < rlnorm(15, meanlog = 3, sdlog = 0.5)
sort(x.1)
# [1] 8.051717 9.651611 11.671282 12.271247 12.664108 17.446124
# [7] 17.707301 20.238069 20.487219 21.025510 21.208197 22.036554
#[13] 25.710773 28.661973 54.453557
censored.1 < x.1 < 10
x.1[censored.1] < 10
x.2 < rlnorm(15, meanlog = 3, sdlog = 0.5)
sort(x.2)
# [1] 6.289074 7.511164 8.988267 9.179006 12.869408 14.130081
# [7] 16.941937 17.060513 19.287572 19.682126 20.363893 22.750203
#[13] 24.744306 28.089325 37.792873
censored.2 < x.2 < 9
x.2[censored.2] < 9
x < c(x.1, x.2)
censored < c(censored.1, censored.2)
eqlnormCensored(x, censored, p = 0.9, ci = TRUE, ci.type = "upper")
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#Based on Type I Censored Data
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: Lognormal
#
#Censoring Side: left
#
#Censoring Level(s): 9 10
#
#Estimated Parameter(s): meanlog = 2.8099300
# sdlog = 0.5137151
#
#Estimation Method: MLE
#
#Estimated Quantile(s): 90'th %ile = 32.08159
#
#Quantile Estimation Method: Quantile(s) Based on
# MLE Estimators
#
#Data: x
#
#Censoring Variable: censored
#
#Sample Size: 30
#
#Percent Censored: 16.66667%
#
#Confidence Interval for: 90'th %ile
#
#Assumed Sample Size: 30
#
#Confidence Interval Method: Exact for
# Complete Data
#
#Confidence Interval Type: upper
#
#Confidence Level: 95%
#
#Confidence Interval: LCL = 0.00000
# UCL = 41.38716
#
# Compare these results with the true 90'th percentile:
qlnorm(p = 0.9, meanlog = 3, sd = 0.5)
#[1] 38.1214
#
# Clean up
rm(x.1, censored.1, x.2, censored.2, x, censored)
#
# Chapter 15 of USEPA (2009) gives several examples of estimating the mean
# and standard deviation of a lognormal distribution on the logscale using
# manganese concentrations (ppb) in groundwater at five background wells.
# In EnvStats these data are stored in the data frame
# EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df.
# Here we will estimate the mean and standard deviation using the MLE,
# and then construct an upper 95% confidence limit for the 90th percentile.
# First look at the data:
#
EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df
# Sample Well Manganese.Orig.ppb Manganese.ppb Censored
#1 1 Well.1 <5 5.0 TRUE
#2 2 Well.1 12.1 12.1 FALSE
#3 3 Well.1 16.9 16.9 FALSE
#...
#23 3 Well.5 3.3 3.3 FALSE
#24 4 Well.5 8.4 8.4 FALSE
#25 5 Well.5 <2 2.0 TRUE
longToWide(EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df,
"Manganese.Orig.ppb", "Sample", "Well",
paste.row.name = TRUE)
# Well.1 Well.2 Well.3 Well.4 Well.5
#Sample.1 <5 <5 <5 6.3 17.9
#Sample.2 12.1 7.7 5.3 11.9 22.7
#Sample.3 16.9 53.6 12.6 10 3.3
#Sample.4 21.6 9.5 106.3 <2 8.4
#Sample.5 <2 45.9 34.5 77.2 <2
# Now estimate the mean, standard deviation, and 90th percentile
# on the logscale using the MLE, and construct an upper 95%
# confidence limit for the 90th percentile:
#
with(EPA.09.Ex.15.1.manganese.df,
eqlnormCensored(Manganese.ppb, Censored,
p = 0.9, ci = TRUE, ci.type = "upper"))
#Results of Distribution Parameter Estimation
#Based on Type I Censored Data
#
#
#Assumed Distribution: Lognormal
#
#Censoring Side: left
#
#Censoring Level(s): 2 5
#
#Estimated Parameter(s): meanlog = 2.215905
# sdlog = 1.356291
#
#Estimation Method: MLE
#
#Estimated Quantile(s): 90'th %ile = 52.14674
#
#Quantile Estimation Method: Quantile(s) Based on
# MLE Estimators
#
#Data: Manganese.ppb
#
#Censoring Variable: censored
#
#Sample Size: 25
#
#Percent Censored: 24%
#
#Confidence Interval for: 90'th %ile
#
#Assumed Sample Size: 25
#
#Confidence Interval Method: Exact for
# Complete Data
#
#Confidence Interval Type: upper
#
#Confidence Level: 95%
#
#Confidence Interval: LCL = 0.0000
# UCL = 110.9305