[Rd] Re: [R-SIG-Mac] Bug running pbinom() in R-GUI?
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Feb 23 08:53:50 CET 2005
This has no context attached, but I believe refers to a message of Feb 10
(that I deleted locally a while ago).
R-devel uses a different version of pbeta, which has neither the problems
mentioned for the Gnumeric version described in PR#7153 nor the slowness
of the previous version. From the NEWS file
o pbeta() now uses a different algorithm for large values of at
least one of the shape parameters, which is much faster and is
accurate and reliable for very large values. (This affects
pbinom(), pf(), qbeta() and other functions using pbeta at C
On Tue, 22 Feb 2005, Morten Welinder wrote:
> The real problem is that pbeta can take forever. That's bug #7153 and a fix is
> within reach.
I have never managed to make it take more than 18secs before it got an
internal integer overflow on the loop size. Multiply that by around 1000
for the MacOS X version with its slow R_ProcessEvents, and 10 for the
On the task in the original message, pbeta itself was taking a few
milliseconds (hardly `the real problem'), all the rest of the time being
taken by MacOS X R_ProcessEvents.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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