Re: [Rd] qt for df < 1

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu 08 Dec 2005 - 18:41:22 GMT

On Thu, 8 Dec 2005, roger koenker wrote:

> I was experimenting yesterday with a binomial option
> for estimating student t binary response models, tentatively
> called gossit, and I noticed eventually that the R qt function doesn't
> like df < 1. Vaguely recalling that Splus didn't seem to mind such
> weirdness, I checked on our soon to be defunct Splus6.2 and
> sure enough, it produced plausible answers instead of R's NA's.
> Of course, I have no way of judging the quality of these answers,

Why not?: qt is the inverse of pt.

> but I'm curious about whether someone has already looked into
> this can of worms.

Note from the help page:

       df: degrees of freedom (> 0, maybe non-integer).  'df = Inf' is
           allowed.  For 'qt' only values of at least one are currently

so, yes, it is known about.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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