[R] density function

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed May 11 07:29:55 CEST 2005

On Tue, 10 May 2005, Hui Han wrote:

> I wonder if the function "density" outputs the gaussian mixture formula that 
> is estimated from the input data, assuming a gaussian model is used at each 
> data point ?  I want to take the derivative of the finally estimated gaussian 
> mixture formula for further analysis.

It is a kernel density estimate: a rather trivial mixture, not necessarily 
Gaussian.  Also, it is not set up to optimally estimate a derivative, and 
you should look at more sophisticated methods in other packages if you 
want to do that.

As to what "density" outputs: see its help page.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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