[R] 2-D numerical integration over odd region

Frede Aakmann Tøgersen FredeA.Togersen at agrsci.dk
Wed Oct 24 08:47:49 CEST 2007

Well if you define

F(x,y) = I_{x > g(y)} f(x,y),

where I is an indicator function giving a 0 if x < g(y) and a 1 of x > g(y) then

\int_a^b \int_{g(y)}^Inf  f(x,y) dx dy = \int_a^b \int_{-Inf}^Inf  F(x,y) dx dy

There are several things you can do to make the integrals easier to be evaluated. The first thing I would is to make a substitution in x to map the interval (-Inf, Inf) to e.g. (0, 1). Then you only need to integrate over (0,1) in the inner integral. I think you can read about that in Abramowitz, Milton and Stegun, Irene A. (Eds.). Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables ( or is it Gradshteyn, I.S. and Ryzhik, I.M. Tables of Integrals, Series, and Products??). Perhaps you or other can provide other references.

Med venlig hilsen
Frede Aakmann Tøgersen


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> Emne: [R] 2-D numerical integration over odd region
> Hello all,
> I'm hoping to find a way to evaluate the following sort of 
> integral in R.
> \int_a^b \int_{g(y)}^Inf  f(x,y) dx dy.
> The integral has no closed form and so must be evaluated 
> numerically.  The "adapt" package provides for 
> multidimensional integration but does not appear to allow the 
> limits of integration to be a function.  I need to evaluate a 
> number of integrals of this sort and I need the evaluations 
> to be fairly precise (something like 10^-6 or 10^-7 would be 
> sufficient) so I'd prefer to avoid time-consuming MCMC methods.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks,
> Chris Rhoads
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