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integration for CDF[NoncentralChiSquareDistribution] failing

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  • Subject: [mg74806] integration for CDF[NoncentralChiSquareDistribution] failing
  • From: Albert Maydeu-Olivares <amaydeu at>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2007 04:17:39 -0400 (EDT)


The built-in function appears to work well for small number of degrees of freedom. For large df, integration converges too slowly and often fails. For instance

1 - CDF[NoncentralChiSquareDistribution[57, 5], 1]

yields 1.04, when as a probability it should be < 1. Does anybody have a function that works better than the built-in? Also, has anybody implemented a normal approximation? I had planned to work with 300+ df. 


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