[R] library/function that estimates parameters of well known distributions from empirical data?

Ben Bolker bolker at ufl.edu
Fri Sep 5 21:14:22 CEST 2008

Ted Byers <r.ted.byers <at> gmail.com> writes:

> I found this a few months ago, but for the life of me I can't remember what
> the function or package was, and I have had no luck finding it this week.
> I have found, again, the functions for working with distributions like
> Cauchy, F, normal, &c., and ks.test, but I have not found the functions for
> estimating the distribution parameters given a vector of values.

  Look at the fitdistr function in the MASS package.  Consider
AIC comparisons for ranking the fits to these non-nested models.

  good luck
   Ben Bolker

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