`univariateML`

is an `R`

-package for user-friendly maximum likelihood estimation of a selection of parametric univariate densities. In addition to basic estimation capabilities, this package support visualization through `plot`

and `qqmlplot`

, model selection by `AIC`

and `BIC`

, confidence sets through the parametric bootstrap with `bootstrapml`

, and convenience functions such as the density, distribution function, quantile function, and random sampling at the estimated distribution parameters.

Use the following command from inside `R`

to install from CRAN.

Or install the development version from Github.

The core of `univariateML`

are the `ml***`

functions, where `***`

is a distribution suffix such as `norm`

, `gamma`

, or `weibull`

.

```
library("univariateML")
mlweibull(egypt$age)
#> Maximum likelihood estimates for the Weibull model
#> shape scale
#> 1.404 33.564
```

Now we can visually assess the fit of the Weibull model to the `egypt`

data with a plot.

Name | univariateML function | Package |
---|---|---|

Cauchy distribution | `mlcauchy` |
stats |

Gumbel distribution | `mlgumbel` |
extraDistr |

Laplace distribution | `mllaplace` |
extraDistr |

Logistic distribution | `mllogis` |
stats |

Normal distribution | `mlnorm` |
stats |

Student t distribution | `mlstd` |
fGarch |

Generalized Error distribution | `mlged` |
fGarch |

Skew Normal distribution | `mlsnorm` |
fGarch |

Skew Student t distribution | `mlsstd` |
fGarch |

Skew Generalized Error distribution | `mlsged` |
fGarch |

Beta prime distribution | `mlbetapr` |
extraDistr |

Exponential distribution | `mlexp` |
stats |

Gamma distribution | `mlgamma` |
stats |

Inverse gamma distribution | `mlinvgamma` |
extraDistr |

Inverse Gaussian distribution | `mlinvgauss` |
actuar |

Inverse Weibull distribution | `mlinvweibull` |
actuar |

Log-logistic distribution | `mlllogis` |
actuar |

Log-normal distribution | `mllnorm` |
stats |

Lomax distribution | `mllomax` |
extraDistr |

Rayleigh distribution | `mlrayleigh` |
extraDistr |

Weibull distribution | `mlweibull` |
stats |

Log-gamma distribution | `mllgamma` |
actuar |

Pareto distribution | `mlpareto` |
extraDistr |

Beta distribution | `mlbeta` |
stats |

Kumaraswamy distribution | `mlkumar` |
extraDistr |

Logit-normal | `mllogitnorm` |
logitnorm |

Uniform distribution | `mlunif` |
stats |

Power distribution | `mlpower` |
extraDistr |

Analytic formulae for the maximum likelihood estimates are used whenever they exist. Most `ml***`

functions without analytic solutions have a custom made Newton-Raphson solver. These can be much faster than a naïve solution using `nlm`

or `optim`

. For example, `mlbeta`

has a large speedup over the naïve solution using `nlm`

.

```
# install.packages("microbenchmark")
set.seed(313)
x <- rbeta(500, 2, 7)
microbenchmark::microbenchmark(
univariateML = univariateML::mlbeta(x),
naive = nlm(function(p) -sum(dbeta(x, p[1], p[2], log = TRUE)), p = c(1, 1)))
#> Unit: microseconds
#> expr min lq mean median uq max neval
#> univariateML 289.7 345.10 412.137 392.5 452.3 1224.4 100
#> naive 11414.1 11703.25 12143.335 11883.6 12179.4 28018.6 100
```

The maximum likelihood estimators in this package have all been subject to testing, see the `tests`

folder for details.

For an overview of the package and its features see the overview vignette. For an illustration of how this package can make an otherwise long and laborious process much simpler, see the copula vignette.

Please read `CONTRIBUTING.md`

for details about how to contribute or get help.