# [R] Negative Binomial: Simulation

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jul 14 16:21:19 CEST 2006

```On Fri, 14 Jul 2006, Hadassa Brunschwig wrote:

>
> The problem basically arises also when I want to calculate (plot) the
> cumulative distribution of the negative binomial with the calculated
> parameters mu and theta!
>
> On 7/14/06, Hadassa Brunschwig <dassybr at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi R-Users!
> >
> > (sorry about the last email)
> > I fitted a negative binomial distribution to my count data using the
> > function glm.nb() and obtained the calculated parameters
> > theta (dispersion) and mu.
> >
> > I would like to simulate values from this negative binomial distribution.
> > Looking at the function rnbinom() I was looking at the relationship
> > between the two possible parametrizations of the negative binomial and found
> > that for this fuction I must use:
> >
> > prob = theta/(theta+mu)     and       size = theta
> >
> > Theta, however, is not an integer. So how can size (which is the number of
> > successes) equal theta?

>From ?rnegbin

size: target for number of successful trials, or dispersion
parameter (the shape parameter of the gamma mixing
distribution). Must be strictly positive.

> > I know there is a function rnegbin which does what I want. I would still
> > like to raise the above question (probably a more statistical one
> > than R).
> >
> > Thanks a lot for any comments.
> >

It does seem to be a question of following the posting guide.

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