From: Spencer Graves <spencer.graves_at_pdf.com>

Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 10:12:53 -0700

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Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 10:12:53 -0700

Hi, All:

- My previous email on this subject seemed to contain an error; check the correction:

Is there a function in R to compute the expected range of a sample of size n from some distribution? I ask, because I was recently asked about the control chart constant 'd2', which is the expected range for a sample of size n from a standard normal.

There is a fairly simple formula for the expected value of the
range, given, e.g., in Kendall and Stuart (1969) The Advanced Theory of
Statistics, vol. 1, Distribution Theory, 3rd ed. (Hafner, expression

(14.82), sec. 14.25: The exact distribution of the range, p. 339).

Unfortunately, either I don't understand this formula, or it's wrong.
Using expression (14.1) in the same reference, I get the following:

E(R) = n*integral{-Inf to Inf of [(F(x))**(n-1) -

(1-F(x))**(n-1)]dF(x).

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