[Rd] unstable corner of parameter space for qbeta?
J C Nash
pro|jcn@@h @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Mar 26 15:40:05 CET 2020
Despite the need to focus on pbeta, I'm still willing to put in some effort.
But I find it really helps to have 2-3 others involved, since the questions back
and forth keep matters moving forward. Volunteers?
Thanks to Martin for detailed comments.
JN
On 2020-03-26 10:34 a.m., Martin Maechler wrote:
>>>>>> J C Nash
>>>>>> on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:29:53 -0400 writes:
>
> > Given that a number of us are housebound, it might be a good time to try to
> > improve the approximation. It's not an area where I have much expertise, but in
> > looking at the qbeta.c code I see a lot of root-finding, where I do have some
> > background. However, I'm very reluctant to work alone on this, and will ask
> > interested others to email off-list. If there are others, I'll report back.
>
> Hi John.
> Yes, qbeta() {in its "main branches"} does zero finding, but
> zero finding of pbeta(...) - p* and I tried to explain in my
> last e-mail that the real problem is that already pbeta() is not
> accurate enough in some unstable corners ...
> The order fixing should typically be
> 1) fix pbeta()
> 2) look at qbeta() which now may not even need a fix because its
> problems may have been entirely a consequence of pbeta()'s inaccuracies.
> And if there are cases where the qbeta() problems are not
> only pbeta's "fault", it is still true that the fixes that
> would still be needed crucially depend on the detailed
> working of the function whose zero(s) are sought, i.e., pbeta()
>
> > Ben: Do you have an idea of parameter region where approximation is poor?
> > I think that it would be smart to focus on that to start with.
>
> ----------------------------
>
> Rmpfr matrix-/vector - products:
>
> > Martin: On a separate precision matter, did you get my query early in year about double
> > length accumulation of inner products of vectors in Rmpfr? R-help more or
> > less implied that Rmpfr does NOT use extra length. I've been using David
> > Smith's FM Fortran where the DOT_PRODUCT does use double length, but it
> > would be nice to have that in R. My attempts to find "easy" workarounds have
> > not been successful, but I'll admit that other things took precedence.
>
> Well, the current development version of 'Rmpfr' on R-forge now
> contains facilities to enlarge the precision of the computations
> by a factor 'fPrec' with default 'fPrec = 1';
> notably, instead of x %*% y (where the `%*%` cannot have more
> than two arguments) does have a counterpart matmult(x,y, ....)
> which allows more arguments, namely 'fPrec', or directly 'precBits';
> and of course there are crossprod() and tcrossprod() one should
> use when applicable and they also got the 'fPrec' and
> 'precBits' arguments.
>
> {The %*% etc precision increase still does not work optimally
> efficiency wise, as it simply increases the precision of all
> computations by just increasing the precision of x and y (the inputs)}.
>
> The whole Matrix and Matrix-vector arithmetic is still
> comparibly slow in Rmpfr .. mostly because I valued human time
> (mine!) much higher than computer time in its implementation.
> That's one reason I would never want to double the precision
> everywhere as it decreases speed even more, and often times
> unnecessarily: doubling the accuracy is basically "worst-case
> scenario" precaution
>
> Martin
>
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