[R] Re: your mail

Thomas Lumley thomas at biostat.washington.edu
Mon Sep 25 18:01:06 CEST 2000

On Mon, 25 Sep 2000, Troels Ring wrote:

> Dear friends. In Carlin and Louis "Bayes and emperical Bayes methods.." 
> 1996 the classical example of 12 independent tosses of a fair coin 
> producing 9 heads and 3 tails is given. If the situation is seen as a fixed 
> sample of 12, a binomial lieklihood is used, and Carlin et al reports a 
> probability of 0.075.
> Using sum(dbinom(9:12,12,.5)) I obtain 0.073

For this one you can easily calculate it directly
gives the same as dbinom(9:12,12,0.5) to machine precision, and you can
check by hand that choose(12,9:12) is giving the right answer. Also
gives the same answer using a different method.

The negative binomial is harder to check by hand, but the binomial
suggests that R is doing it right.  I'm not sure what the book does --
their answer does not come from rounding the summands to a fixed number of
significant digits or decimal places.


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