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Re: st: Fit chi2 as in gammafit

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: Fit chi2 as in gammafit
Date   Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:58:48 +0100

I agree with everyone.


On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 8:46 AM, Tirthankar Chakravarty
<> wrote:
> Maarten,
> That is how I thought about it too, but for the consistency of the
> parameters, and hence for the fit, results of pseudo-maximum
> likelihood theory indicate that it doesn't matter which member of the
> one-parameter linear exponential family is used (so the Poisson, as in
> my example, will do just as well) for parametric fit (as long as the
> mean is correctly parameterised), and so it is probably best not to
> mess too much with the definition and folklore of the
> chi2-distribution in deference to the conservatives Nick alludes to.
> T
> On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:19 AM, Maarten Buis <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:19 PM, Nick Cox wrote:
>>> Ho hum. A conservative might want the free parameter to be integer-valued.
>> That pretty much depends on how you think about the Chi square
>> distribution. If you think of it as the sum of nu squared independent
>> standard normal variables than it makes sense to constrain nu to be an
>> integer. If you think of it as just a skewed distribution with mean nu
>> (and variance 2*nu) than nu can be any positive number.
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