[R] Iterative Solver [Converting Matlab's solve()]

From: Boris Igic <bigic_at_ucsd.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 21:24:19 -0700 (PDT)

I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the roots for this simple (but sovable only iteratively) equation in R:

x = z*(1-(1-2/z)^y

where x and y are known, and z is unknown. In Matlab, this amounts to:

[my.solution] = solve('x = z*(1-(1-2/z)^y') my.solution.real = solution(y-1,y)

% bottom line displays non-imaginary solution (last element)

Obviously, I'm deeply unqualified as a mathematician or programmer and regret wasting your time if this question is really basic. I would very much appreciate even the smallest morsel of time that you might spend on this, and yes, you could be my hero.

Many Thanks,


P.S. The above equation is from: Paxman GJ (1963). Maximum likelihood estimation of the number of self-sterility alleles in a population. Genetics 48: 1029-1032.

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