ASA266 Estimating the Parameters of a Dirichlet PDF

ASA266 is a C library which estimates the parameters of a Dirichlet probability density function.

ASA266 is Applied Statistics Algorithm 266. Source code for many Applied Statistics Algorithms is available through STATLIB.

The assumption is that a given process is governed by a Dirichlet distribution with parameters ALPHA(I), I = 1 to N, positive quantities which are required to sum to 1. Each observation of the process yields a vector of N data values. After a number of observations of this sort, it is desired to estimate the the underlying parameters ALPHA of the Dirichlet distribution.

There are a considerable number of routines required to get DIRICH to work. In some cases, there are several versions of the routines, and they all were included, in order to provide a way to check results. Most of the routines are themselves Applied Statistics Algorithms, and their source code is available through STATLIB.

Also included is a routine DIRICHLET_SAMPLE, with which experiments can be carried out. Values for the parameters ALPHA can be chosen, and data generated by DIRICHLET_SAMPLE. Then DIRICH can analyze this data and attempt to determine the values of ALPHA.

Another routine, DIRICHLET_MIX_SAMPLE, allows you to sample a probability distribution that is a weighted mixture of Dirichlet distributions.

Languages:

ASA266 is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version.

Related Data and Programs:

ASA032, a C library which evaluates the incomplete Gamma integral.

ASA066, a C library which evaluates the percentage points of the normal distribution.

ASA091, a C library which evaluates the percentage points of the Chi-Squared distribution.

ASA103, a C library which evaluates the digamma or psi function.

ASA111, a C library which evaluates the percentage points of the normal distribution.

ASA121, a C library which evaluates the trigamma function.

ASA147, a C library which evaluates the incomplete Gamma function.

ASA239, a C library which evaluates the percentage points of the Chi-Squared distribution and the incomplete Gamma function.

ASA241, a C library which evaluates the percentage points of the normal distribution.

ASA245, a C library which evaluates the logarithm of the Gamma function.

NORMAL, a C library which samples the normal distribution.

PROB, a C library which evaluates the PDF, CDF, mean and variance for a number of probability density functions.

TEST_VALUES, a C library which contains sample values for a number of distributions.

TOMS291, a C library which evaluates the logarithm of the Gamma function.

UNIFORM, a C library which samples the uniform distribution.

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List of Routines:

• ALNGAM computes the logarithm of the gamma function.
• ALNORM computes the cumulative density of the standard normal distribution.
• ALOGAM computes the logarithm of the Gamma function.
• DIGAMMA calculates DIGAMMA ( X ) = d ( LOG ( GAMMA ( X ) ) ) / dX
• DIRICHLET_CHECK checks the parameters of the Dirichlet PDF.
• DIRICHLET_VARIANCE returns the variances of the Dirichlet PDF.
• EXPONENTIAL_01_SAMPLE samples the Exponential PDF with parameters 0, 1.
• EXPONENTIAL_CDF_INV inverts the Exponential CDF.
• GAMAIN computes the incomplete gamma ratio.
• GAMMAD computes the Incomplete Gamma Integral
• GAMMDS computes the incomplete Gamma integral.
• LNGAMMA computes Log(Gamma(X)) using a Lanczos approximation.
• NORMP computes the cumulative density of the standard normal distribution.
• NPROB computes the cumulative density of the standard normal distribution.
• PPCHI2 evaluates the percentage points of the Chi-squared PDF.
• PPND produces the normal deviate value corresponding to lower tail area = P.
• PPND16 inverts the standard normal CDF.
• R8_ABS returns the absolute value of an R8.
• R8_EPSILON returns the R8 round off unit.
• R8_GAMMA_LOG evaluates the logarithm of the gamma function.
• R8_HUGE returns a "huge" R8.
• R8_MIN returns the minimum of two R8's.
• R8_UNIFORM returns a pseudorandom R8 scaled to [A,B].
• R8COL_MEAN returns the column means of an R8COL.
• R8COL_VARIANCE returns the variances of an R8COL.
• R8POLY_VALUE evaluates a polynomial.
• R8VEC_SUM returns the sum of an R8VEC.
• TIMESTAMP prints the current YMDHMS date as a time stamp.
• TRIGAMMA calculates trigamma(x) = d^2 log(gamma(x)) / dx^2

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Last revised on 04 June 2013.