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Note:  before using this routine, please read the Users' Note for your implementation to check the interpretation of bold italicised terms and other implementation-dependent details.

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    1  Purpose
    7  Accuracy

1  Purpose

G01AEF constructs a frequency distribution of a variable, according to either user-supplied, or routine-calculated class boundary values.

2  Specification

REAL (KIND=nag_wp)  X(N), CB(K), XMIN, XMAX

3  Description

The data consists of a sample of n observations of a continuous variable, denoted by xi, for i=1,2,,n. Let a = minx1,,xn  and b = maxx1,,xn .
G01AEF constructs a frequency distribution with k>1 classes denoted by fi, for i=1,2,,k.
The boundary values may be either user-supplied, or routine-calculated, and are denoted by yj, for j=1,2,,k-1.
If the boundary values of the classes are to be routine-calculated, then they are determined in one of the following ways:
(a) if k>2, the range of x values is divided into k-2 intervals of equal length, and two extreme intervals, defined by the class boundary values y1,y2,,yk-1;
(b) if k=2, y1=12a+b.
However formed, the values y1,,yk-1 are assumed to be in ascending order. The class frequencies are formed with where [ means inclusive, and ) means exclusive. If the class boundary values are routine-calculated and k>2, then f1=fk=0, and y1 and yk-1 are chosen so that y1<a and yk-1>b.
If a frequency distribution is required for a discrete variable, then it is suggested that you supply the class boundary values; routine-calculated boundary values may be slightly imprecise (due to the adjustment of y1 and yk-1 outlined above) and cause values very close to a class boundary to be assigned to the wrong class.

4  References


5  Parameters

1:     N – INTEGERInput
On entry: n, the number of observations.
Constraint: N1.
2:     K – INTEGERInput
On entry: k, the number of classes desired in the frequency distribution. Whether or not class boundary values are user-supplied, K must include the two extreme classes which stretch to ±.
Constraint: K2.
3:     X(N) – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput
On entry: the sample of observations of the variable for which the frequency distribution is required, xi, for i=1,2,,n. The values may be in any order.
4:     ICLASS – INTEGERInput
On entry: indicates whether class boundary values are to be calculated within G01AEF, or are supplied by you.
If ICLASS=0, then the class boundary values are to be calculated within the routine.
If ICLASS=1, they are user-supplied.
Constraint: ICLASS=0 or 1.
5:     CB(K) – REAL (KIND=nag_wp) arrayInput/Output
On entry: if ICLASS=0, then the elements of CB need not be assigned values, as G01AEF calculates k-1 class boundary values.
If ICLASS=1, the first k-1 elements of CB must contain the class boundary values you supplied, in ascending order.
In both cases, the element CBk need not be assigned, as it is not used in the routine.
On exit: the first k-1 elements of CB contain the class boundary values in ascending order.
Constraint: if ICLASS=1, CBi<CBi+1, for i=1,2,,k-2.
6:     IFREQ(K) – INTEGER arrayOutput
On exit: the elements of IFREQ contain the frequencies in each class, fi, for i=1,2,,k. In particular IFREQ1 contains the frequency of the class up to CB1, f1, and IFREQk contains the frequency of the class greater than CBk-1, fk.
7:     XMIN – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the smallest value in the sample, a.
8:     XMAX – REAL (KIND=nag_wp)Output
On exit: the largest value in the sample, b.
9:     IFAIL – INTEGERInput/Output
On entry: IFAIL must be set to 0, -1​ or ​1. If you are unfamiliar with this parameter you should refer to Section 3.3 in the Essential Introduction for details.
For environments where it might be inappropriate to halt program execution when an error is detected, the value -1​ or ​1 is recommended. If the output of error messages is undesirable, then the value 1 is recommended. Otherwise, if you are not familiar with this parameter, the recommended value is 0. When the value -1​ or ​1 is used it is essential to test the value of IFAIL on exit.
On exit: IFAIL=0 unless the routine detects an error or a warning has been flagged (see Section 6).

6  Error Indicators and Warnings

If on entry IFAIL=0 or -1, explanatory error messages are output on the current error message unit (as defined by X04AAF).
Errors or warnings detected by the routine:
On entry,K<2.
On entry,N<1.
On entry,the user-supplied class boundary values are not in ascending order.

7  Accuracy

The method used is believed to be stable.

8  Further Comments

The time taken by G01AEF increases with K and N. It also depends on the distribution of the sample observations.

9  Example

This example summarises a number of datasets. For each dataset the sample observations and optionally class boundary values are read. G01AEF is then called and the frequency distribution and largest and smallest observations printed.

9.1  Program Text

Program Text (g01aefe.f90)

9.2  Program Data

Program Data (g01aefe.d)

9.3  Program Results

Program Results (g01aefe.r)

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