[R] Cumulative distribution estimation

Thomas Lumley thomas at biostat.washington.edu
Thu Jul 27 17:05:31 CEST 2000

On Thu, 27 Jul 2000, Murray Jorgensen wrote:

> Apologies for bothering the list for something that I could probably have
> worked out myself had I brought my V&R in to work!
> I have been asked how to construct useable cdf's and quantile functions
> from density() output. If I were using Minitab I'd begin by making partial
> sums of the density values and normalizing to a maximum of 1, but I don't
> know the R analogue to the Minitab PARSUMS command.

Cumulative sums are done with the cumsum() function (apropos("sum") might
have been one way to find out, or help.search("cumulative"))

If d is a density object then at least approximately what you want is
(there may be an off-by-one error).

In reasonably large samples I don't think this improves on the empirical
CDF, though.


Thomas Lumley
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
University of Washington, Seattle

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