R-beta: Bug in dhyper (and phyper)

Goran Brostrom gb at stat.umu.se
Fri Apr 3 00:47:43 CEST 1998

I think I have found a bug in the function dhyper (R-0.61.2):

R> dhyper(0,3,3,0)
Warning: NAs produced in function "dhyper"
[1] NA



dhyper(x, N1, N2, n)


The hypergeometric distribution is used for sampling without replacement. 
It has density 

  p(x) = Choose(N1, x) Choose(N2, n-x) / Choose(N1+N2, n)

for x = 0,...,n"

R> choose(3,0) * choose(3,0) / choose(6,0)
[1] 1

This result is correct, and obviously dhyper is implemented in some way 
not consistent with the documentation.

Also note the spelling error of 'choose' in the documentation.

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