[R] error in fitdistr

Mark Difford mark_difford at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Feb 23 11:21:34 CET 2012

On Feb 23, 2012 at 11:19am Soheila wrote:

> Who can help me to solve this problem?
> est.chi[i,]<-c(
> fitdistr(as.numeric(data2[,i]),"chi-squared",start=list(df=1))$estimate)
> Warning message:In optim(x = c(7.86755, 7.50852, 7.86342, 7.70589,
> 7.70153, 7.58272,  :  one-diml optimization by 
> Nelder-Mead is unreliable: use "Brent" or optimize() directly

The warning message tells you to use "Brent" rather than the default
Nelder-Mead. So do that.

est.chi[i,]<-c( fitdistr(as.numeric(data2[,i]), densfun="chi-squared",
start=list(df=1), method="Brent")$estimate)

Regards, Mark.

Mark Difford (Ph.D.)
Research Associate
Botany Department
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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