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Density, distribution function, quantile function and random generation for the generalized F distribution, using the less flexible original parameterisation described by Prentice (1975).


dgenf.orig(x, mu = 0, sigma = 1, s1, s2, log = FALSE)

pgenf.orig(q, mu = 0, sigma = 1, s1, s2, lower.tail = TRUE, log.p = FALSE)

Hgenf.orig(x, mu = 0, sigma = 1, s1, s2)

hgenf.orig(x, mu = 0, sigma = 1, s1, s2)

qgenf.orig(p, mu = 0, sigma = 1, s1, s2, lower.tail = TRUE, log.p = FALSE)

rgenf.orig(n, mu = 0, sigma = 1, s1, s2)


x, q

vector of quantiles.


Vector of location parameters.


Vector of scale parameters.


Vector of first F shape parameters.


vector of second F shape parameters.

log, log.p

logical; if TRUE, probabilities p are given as log(p).


logical; if TRUE (default), probabilities are \(P(X \le x)\), otherwise, \(P(X > x)\).


vector of probabilities.


number of observations. If length(n) > 1, the length is taken to be the number required.


dgenf.orig gives the density, pgenf.orig gives the distribution function, qgenf.orig gives the quantile function, rgenf.orig generates random deviates, Hgenf.orig retuns the cumulative hazard and hgenf.orig the hazard.


If \(y \sim F(2s_1, 2s_2)\), and \(w = \log(y)\) then \(x = \exp(w\sigma + \mu)\) has the original generalized F distribution with location parameter \(\mu\), scale parameter \(\sigma>0\) and shape parameters \(s_1>0,s_2>0\). The probability density function of \(x\) is

$$f(x | \mu, \sigma, s_1, s_2) = \frac{(s_1/s_2)^{s_1} e^{s_1 w}}{\sigma x (1 + s_1 e^w/s_2) ^ {(s_1 + s_2)} B(s_1, s_2)}$$

where \(w = (\log(x) - \mu)/\sigma\), and \(B(s_1,s_2) = \Gamma(s_1)\Gamma(s_2)/\Gamma(s_1+s_2)\) is the beta function.

As \(s_2 \rightarrow \infty\), the distribution of \(x\) tends towards an original generalized gamma distribution with the following parameters:

dgengamma.orig(x, shape=1/sigma, scale=exp(mu) / s1^sigma, k=s1)

See GenGamma.orig for how this includes several other common distributions as special cases.

The alternative parameterisation of the generalized F distribution, originating from Prentice (1975) and given in this package as GenF, is preferred for statistical modelling, since it is more stable as \(s_1\) tends to infinity, and includes a further new class of distributions with negative first shape parameter. The original is provided here for the sake of completion and compatibility.


R. L. Prentice (1975). Discrimination among some parametric models. Biometrika 62(3):607-614.


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