# Questions tagged [parameterization]

For questions about how to parameterize some statistical model, or comparisons between different ways to parameterize.

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### Would a Bayesian admit that there is one fixed parameter value?

In Bayesian data analysis, parameters are treated as random variables. This stems from the Bayesian subjective conceptualization of probability. But do Bayesians theoretically acknowledge that there ...
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### For which distributions are the parameterizations in BUGS and R different?

I have found some distributions for which BUGS and R have different parameterizations: Normal, log-Normal, and Weibull. For each of these, I gather that the second parameter used by R needs to be ...
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### What's in a name: hyperparameters

So in a normal distribution, we have two parameters: mean $\mu$ and variance $\sigma^2$. In the book Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, there suddenly appears a hyperparameter $\lambda$ in the ...
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### Random Forest: what if I know a variable is important

My understanding is the the random forest picks randomly mtry variables to build each decision tree. So if mtry=ncol/3 then each variables will be used on average in 1/3 of the trees. And 2/3 of the ...
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### Cross validation and parameter optimization

I have a question about the parameter optimization when I use the 10-fold cross validation. I want to ask that whether the parameters should fix or not during every fold's model training , i.e. (1) ...
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### How to interpret slope parameter estimates for linear models in R?

I wish to analyse a simple lab experiment. I have 8 fish. Four are fed on diet A, and four on diet B. I measure their Nitrogen (N) over 5 time periods (so 5 repeated measures per fish). I wish to know ...
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### Parameters in a non-parametric model

I have not understood this Wikipedia statement: The difference between parametric model and non-parametric model is that the former has a fixed number of parameters, while the latter grows the ...
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### The vcov function cannot be applied?

I originally asked a question about the delta-method in the context of the hyperbolic distribution. I got an answer there, which is useful, except that it says I should apply the ...
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### Find the mode of a probability distribution function

I am trying the find mode of a probability distribution function given by \begin{equation} g(x/\alpha,\beta,\sigma)=\frac{1}{\Gamma \left( \alpha \right)\beta^{\alpha}}exp\left\{{-\frac{x^2}{2\sigma^{...
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### What are the implications of a perfect fit model?

I perform logistic regression with a relatively small dataset (N=65), using 12 parameters (11 variables, one constant, no interactions), which results in a perfectly fitting model (in SPSS). I have a ...
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### Confusing Holt-Winters parameters

I have got a model for forecasting using holt-winters. However the parameters confuse me... The parameters show that there is no trend or seasonality even though there is definite trend and ...
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### What is the parameterization of exponential distribution for survival in Stata?

I'm new to data analysis so this is kind of a simple question. I would like to understand why I cannot reproduce a survival curve generated by a fitted exponential model from Stata. I use the ...
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### Correct understanding of De Finettis representation theorem

I am currently interestend in understanding De Finettis representation theorem. As I am only familiar with Frequentist thinking I have some problems to understand its meaning. I have already read the ...
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### Questions Regarding Item Response Models – the 3PL model vs. the mixture of 2PL and 3PL model

I currently work on an item analysis for an assessment. The assessment consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. Each question has 4 choices with one correct answer. I used different IRT models to ...
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### Normalize a periodic parameter

I am using inverse modelling software (PEST) to estimate a periodic parameter for the direction of anisotropy, $\hat{\theta}$, which is somewhere in $[0^{\circ}, 180^{\circ})$ (i.e., has a wavelength ...
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### Fitting SIR model with 2019-nCoV data doesn't conververge

I am trying to calculate the basic reproduction number $R_0$ of the new 2019-nCoV virus by fitting a SIR model to the current data. My code is based on https://arxiv.org/pdf/1605.01931.pdf, p. 11ff: <...
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### t-distribution parameter estimation

I know there are already several threads on this, but none seem to explicitly cover what I want. I have a set of financial data (pulled straight from Bloomberg) and am trying to fit a t-distribution (...
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### Can you ever have known parameters?

Maybe a bit of a philosophical question - but can you ever truly have known parameters in data? I have a set of data for which the dataset is complete, but the parameters will still be estimates i ...
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### Gaussian process scale targets

I am currently playing around with Gaussian process regression. I discovered some confusing facts that I would like to be answered: When I optimize the parameters like the length and error terms for ...
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### What is exponential family criterion to test the sufficiency and completeness of an estimator?

I am struggling to understand the following result from Casella and Berger about sufficiency and completeness for exponential families: Let $X_{1},X_{2},...,X_{n}$ be iid observations from an ...
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### Fitting t-distribution to data and deriving moments

I'm fitting the t-distribution to financial data and I know of two methods to do this using R: (A) fitdistr(mydata, "t") Output: ...
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### What is the formula for lognormal hazard?

I'm plotting a bunch of survivor and hazard curves. The lognormal survivor function is: $S(t)=1-\Phi(\frac{log(t)-\mu}{\sigma})$ Where $\mu$ is the scalar parameter. From a website (http://www....
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### Formula for cross-classified (a.k.a., crossed random factors) mixed effects model with interaction between two “second level” variables

I have a crossed-classified (Hox, 2010) mixed effects model—also known as crossed random factors (West, Welch, & Galecki, 2015), but I am struggling with how to write the formula for an ...
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### Smoothing parameter for spline curve with duplicate points

I have body mass and age data for a population of individuals. I want to fit a cubic smoothing spline curve to the data. I'm using smooth.spline in R, which warns against using cross-validation to ...
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### Understanding the definition of a location parameter

In some probability distributions, like normal or (non-standard) t distributions etc, there are location parameters such that a change to this parameter leads to the distribution moving rigidly to the ...
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### Sampling parameters from exponential family

So suppose PDF $f_{X|\theta}(x_1,...,x_n;\theta_1,...,\theta_m)$ is from the exponential family. Is there any theory or general guidelines for sampling parameters from this PDF? This question is not ...
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### Parameter estimation for Kumaraswamy distribution

I'm interested in estimating the shape parameters of a Kumaraswamy distribution from sample data. The closest research I can find is Jones' paper from 2009 which analyses a maximum likelihood method, ...