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Patrick Burns
When I saw the subject of the original message on
R-help, I was 95% confident that I knew the answer
(before I had seen the question).

This made me think that perhaps for some functions
there should be a 'Troubleshooting' section in the help

The current help file for 'integrate' does say, as Sundar
points out, what the requirements are.  However, I
think more people would solve the problem more quickly
on their own if there were a troubleshooting section.

Most functions aren't abused in predictable ways, but
a few are.  Another that springs immediately to mind
is 'read.table'.

Patrick Burns
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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [R] a strange problem with integrate()
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 11:44:33 -0600
From: Sundar Dorai-Raj <[hidden email]>
Organization: PDF Solutions, Inc.
To: vito muggeo <[hidden email]>
CC: [hidden email] <[hidden email]>
References: <[hidden email]>

vito muggeo wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am stuck on the following problem with integrate(). I have been out of
> luck using RSiteSearch()..
> My function is
> g2<-function(b,theta,xi,yi,sigma2){
>        xi<-cbind(1,xi)
>        eta<-drop(xi%*%theta)
>        num<-exp((eta + rep(b,length(eta)))*yi)
>        den<- 1 + exp(eta + rep(b,length(eta)))
>        result=(num/den)*exp((-b^2)/sigma2)/sqrt(2*pi*sigma2)
>        r=prod(result)
>        return(r)
>        }
> And I am interested in evaluating the simple integral, but:
>  > integrate(g2,-2,2,theta=c(-2,3),xi=c(1,2,5,6),yi=c(1,0,1,1),sigma2=1)
> Error in integrate(g2, -2, 2, theta = c(-2, 3), xi = c(1, 2, 5, 6), yi =
> c(1,  :
>          evaluation of function gave a result of wrong length
>  >
> I have checked the integrand function
>  > valori<-seq(-2,2,l=30)
>  > risvalori<-NULL
>  > for(k in valori)
> risvalori[length(risvalori)+1]<-g2(k,theta=c(-2,3),xi=c(1,2,5,6),yi=c(1,0,1,1),sigma2=1)
>  > plot(valori, risvalori)
> And the integral exists..
> Please, any comment is coming?
> many thanks,
> vito

Please (re-)read ?integrate:

  f: an R function taking a numeric first argument and returning a
           numeric vector of the same length.  Returning a non-finite
           element will generate an error.

Note the "returning a numeric vector of the *same* length." Your
function returns "prod(r)" which is not the same length as "b".

Some style issues (and I state these as diplomatically as is possible in

a. Don't mix "<-" with "=" for assignment in your scripts.
b. Use more spaces and consistent indenting.

Here's what my code looks like:

g2 <- function(b, theta, xi, yi, sigma2) {
   xi <- cbind(1, xi)
   eta <- drop(xi %*% theta)
   num <- exp((eta + rep(b, length(eta))) * yi)
   den <- 1 + exp(eta + rep(b, length(eta)))
   result <- (num/den) * exp((-b2)/sigma2)/sqrt(2 * pi * sigma2)
   r <- prod(result)

After reformatting your code I saw your problem immediately without
having executing a single line.



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