Re: [R] using kernel density estimates to infer mode of distribution

From: Adelchi Azzalini <>
Date: Thu 16 Feb 2006 - 20:28:41 EST

On Wed, 15 Feb 2006 18:28:25 -0500, Dan Rabosky wrote:

DR>  Is it possible to use "density" or another kernel density
DR>  estimator to  identify the mode of a distribution?  When I use
DR>  'density', the resulting 

a simple option is of the form

   fit$eval[fit$estimate==max(fit$estimate)] assuming that fit$eval is the vector of evaluation points, and fit$estimate the corrisponding density estimates (this is the sort of output produced by sm.density)

Here I have assumed there is single mode and we are in the scalar case, for simplicity. Some variant required in the more general case.

best regards,

Adelchi Azzalini

Adelchi Azzalini  <>
Dipart.Scienze Statistiche, UniversitÓ di Padova, Italia
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