rq.fit.fn {quantreg}R Documentation

Quantile Regression Fitting via Interior Point Methods


This is a lower level routine called by rq() to compute quantile regression methods using the Frisch-Newton algorithm.


rq.fit.fn(x, y, tau=0.5, beta=0.99995, eps=1e-06)


x The design matrix
y The response vector
tau The quantile of interest, must lie in (0,1)
beta technical step length parameter – alter at your own risk!
eps tolerance parameter for convergence. In cases of multiple optimal solutions there may be some discrepancy between solutions produced by method "fn" and method "br". This is due to the fact that "fn" tends to converge to a point near the centroid of the solution set, while "br" stops at a vertex of the set.


The details of the algorithm are explained in Koenker and Portnoy (1997). The basic idea can be traced back to the log-barrier methods proposed by Frisch in the 1950's for constrained optimization. But the current implementation is based on proposals by Mehrotra and others in the recent (explosive) literature on interior point methods for solving linear programming problems. This version of the algorithm is designed for fairly large problems, for very large problems see rq.fit.pfn.


returns an object of class "rq", which can be passed to summary.rq to obtain standard errors, etc.


Koenker, R. and S. Portnoy (1997). The Gaussian Hare and the Laplacian Tortoise: Computability of squared-error vs. absolute-error estimators, with discussion, Statistical Science, 12, 279-300.

See Also

rq, rq.fit.br, rq.fit.pfn

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