bugGNU Octave - Bugs: bug #34405, Validation for betainc() inputs


bug #34405: Validation for betainc() inputs

Submitted by:  Rik <rik5>
Submitted on:  Tue 27 Sep 2011 03:30:07 AM UTC  
Category: LibrariesSeverity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 3 - LowItem Group: Incorrect Result
Status: PostponedAssigned to: None
Originator Name: Open/Closed: Open
Release: devOperating System: GNU/Linux

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Sat 19 Nov 2016 03:31:52 PM UTC, comment #3:

This issue is still present in Octave 4.2.0.

Hartmut <hardy>
Tue 27 Sep 2011 04:55:06 PM UTC, comment #2:

I'm moving the priority down a few notches. I would like to see this fixed since it impacts betacdf.m, binocdf.m, fcdf.m, nbincdf.m, and tcdf.m. On the other hand, those functions mostly already validate their inputs before calling betainc(). The validation isn't perfect but I'm willing to let the corner case of a,b=Inf slide for now.

Since the revisions to the statistics distribution functions were done on the default branch I would say we are safe to go slow there and implement any proper fix you like (templates, etc.). For the existing stable branch let's apply the lo-specfun.cc patch.

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Tue 27 Sep 2011 04:51:19 AM UTC, comment #1:

A simple fix would be to just add the checks in the betainc functions in lo-specfun.cc that accept scalar values. See the attached patch.

But then we are checking all inputs all the time, even when one or two are scalars and the others are large arrays. But before attempting to fix this in the code that performs the loops, I think it would be better to first convert those functions to use templates to avoid some duplication.

I can work on this if you would like, but I don't want to change the stable branch to use templates, and I don't want to have to add the checks to all the current functions in lo-specfun.cc. So what do you think we should do? Add the simple but slow check to the stable branch, then make a better fix using templates for the default branch?

(file #24030)

John W. Eaton <jwe>
Project Administrator
Tue 27 Sep 2011 03:30:07 AM UTC, original submission:

betainc which calculates the incomplete Beta function needs better input validation.

Example 1 : NaN inputs

The correct answer should be NaN.

Example 2 : negative or Inf parameters

It would be much nicer on the user to simply return NaN for values which are invalid.

Example 3 : x outside range [0, 1]

One possible strategy would be to validate the inputs and only pass computable values to Fortran. An m-file implementation might be the following

This isn't quite right because betainc is implemented in C++ in the file betainc.cc but the concept could be translated.

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator


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    Tue 27 Sep 2011 04:55:06 PM UTCrik5Priority5 - Normal=>3 - Low
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