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# Given a set of random numbers drawn from a continuous univariate distribution, find the distribution

Given a set of real numbers drawn from a unknown continuous univariate distribution (let's say is is one of beta, Cauchy, chi-square, exponential, F, gamma, Laplace, log-normal, normal, Pareto, Student's t, uniform and Weibull) ..

``````x <- c(7.7495976,12.1007857,5.8663491,9.9137894,11.3822335,7.4406175,8.6997212,9.4456074,11.8370711,6.4251469,9.3597039,8.7625700,10.3171063,8.0983110,11.7564283,11.7583461,7.3760516,14.5713098,14.3289690,12.8436795,7.1834376,12.2530520,8.9362235,11.8964391,5.4378782,7.8083060,0.1356370,14.9341847,6.8625143,9.0285873,10.2251998,10.3348486,7.7518365,2.8757024,9.2676577,10.6879259,11.7623207,14.0745924,9.3478318,7.6788852,9.7491924,14.9409955,11.0297640,8.5541261,8.6129808,9.2192320,12.3507414,8.9156903,11.6892831,10.2571897,11.1673235,10.5883741,8.2396129,7.3505839,3.4437525,8.3660082,10.5779227,8.5382177,13.6647484,9.0712034,4.1090454,13.4238382,16.1965937,14.2539891,14.6498816,6.9662381,12.3282141,10.9628268,10.8859495,11.6742822,12.0469869,9.1764119,4.2324549,12.6665295,10.7467579,6.4153703,10.3090806,12.0267082,9.2375369,13.8011813,13.0457227,14.0147179,6.9224316,7.1164269,10.7577799,8.0965571,13.3371566,14.6997535,8.8248384,8.0634834,10.2226001,8.5112199,8.1701147,8.1970784,10.5432878,5.9603389,6.6287037,13.3417943,3.1122822,10.4241008,11.4281520,9.4647825,10.5480176,14.2357819,9.4220778,9.7012755,10.9251006,5.3073151,10.8228672,12.0936384,8.5146227,8.4115865,7.7244591,7.2801474,7.3412563,4.5385940,7.8822841,12.7327836,11.5509252,13.0300876,10.0458138,11.3862972,11.3644867,12.6585391,5.8567192,9.8764841,7.6447620,8.7806429,9.2089114,9.1961781,7.2400724,14.7575303,8.6874476,4.6276043,14.0592724,10.3519708,8.2222625,8.7710501,8.5724602,11.4279232,9.6734741,12.1972490,10.1250074,4.8571327,8.0019245,9.8036286,17.7386541,10.8935339,4.7258581,14.2681556,7.4236474,9.4520797,9.2066764,7.7805317,0.4938756,13.0306624,8.0225287,11.1801478,8.7481126,16.5873192,6.0404763,9.5674318,10.8915023,13.2473727,5.5877557,1.4474869,10.9504070,10.8879749,10.7765684,9.1501230,11.0798794,10.0961631,9.5913525,14.0855129,7.3918195,16.6303158,9.1436327,11.9848346,11.4691572,16.0934172,13.1431040,8.2455786,10.7388841,13.7107201,9.6223990,7.6363513,9.5731838,7.0150930,14.1341888,7.5834625,13.8362695,12.9790060,10.4156690,6.4108920,6.3731019,6.3302824,8.4924571,11.2175143,11.6346609,6.0958761,12.8728176,10.2689647,9.7923411,11.3962741,7.3723701,8.1169299,9.7926014,8.7266379,10.7350973,12.7639103,7.4425159,15.9422109,9.9073852,6.2421614,5.2925668,9.9822059,13.9768971,9.3481404,6.8102106,12.6482884,9.8595946,12.8946675,6.3519119,9.2698768,4.9538608,13.8062408,14.7438135,8.5583994,12.4232260,9.4205371,13.6507205,11.7807767,10.9747222,15.9299602,10.0202244,11.9209419,12.8159324,7.0107459,7.8076222,8.0086965,14.7694984,6.4810687,6.6833260,3.9660939,16.2414479,9.3474497,10.2626126,11.7672786,10.1245905,2.3416774,9.2548226,12.3498943,9.1731074,8.6703280,3.8079927,12.0858349,11.1027140,11.9034505,11.1981903,9.5554276,11.5333311,4.1374535,7.9397446,10.6732513,5.4928081,5.9026714,7.1902350,7.3516027,9.5251792,12.8827838,8.6051567,9.9074448,4.7244414,9.4681156,17.4316786,15.0770196,7.4215510,7.2839984,8.2040354,11.2938556,12.2308244,17.2933409,5.7154747,9.9383524,7.9912142,10.2087560,13.0489301,10.2092634,11.4029668,10.3103281,10.2810316,8.9487624,14.2699307,12.8538251,10.7545354,18.0638133,7.2115769,7.4020585,7.9737234,13.1687588,13.7186238,9.6881618,4.2991770,11.4829896,8.0113006,10.0285544,8.3325591,8.8476239,9.3618137,11.0913308,10.2702207,12.0215701,11.8083744,8.1575837,10.0413629,11.7291752,13.8315537,12.4823312,13.3289096,8.5874403,9.8624401,7.0444818,13.9701389,10.0250634,14.3841966,17.4074390,13.1290358,8.3764673,7.8796107,6.4597773,12.4989708,11.3617236,5.0730931,13.5990536,9.4800716,11.1247161,12.6283343,12.5711367,10.8075848,13.2183856,12.4566869,17.0046899,9.9132293,13.8912393,10.4806343,6.7550983,18.4982020,4.6835563,4.6068688,8.4304188,7.8747286,9.4440702,12.1033704,10.7397568,12.4483258,12.0952273,9.4609549,16.1755646,13.2110564,12.5244792,14.5511670,14.9365263,6.6852081,14.6988321,9.8833093,11.1549852,14.4090081,6.2565184,8.3488705,10.8509966,7.6795679,13.5814813,10.1733942,12.1773482,4.7032686,9.9248308,17.7067155,8.2378404,12.8208154,12.7675305,9.0907063,9.5720411,4.5536981,5.2252539,10.7393508,8.1761239,7.8011878,10.8517959,12.8793471,10.1738281,9.0522516,9.7020267,8.5743543,7.1063673,9.4366173,7.5154902,9.2420952,13.7275687,8.2097051,12.4686117,8.6426135,10.6854081,14.8617929,14.2631291,11.1449327,8.4807248,5.9399190,6.7772300,7.2566033,10.3215210,9.2483564,10.8592844,13.8227188,5.8955118,6.8936159,11.4641992,8.6535466,14.1301887,10.2194653,9.3929177,11.8592296,9.3153675,10.8574024,9.5293558,14.1394531,7.1224090,5.6785198,13.1351723,7.1031658,7.6344684,8.6918016,6.8426780,8.6902514,9.9025967,6.1603559,6.3995948,6.7157089,14.9359341,13.1275476,11.2493476,10.7684760,8.5263731,5.1711855,10.2432689,6.7908688,9.2634794,5.6242460,7.7319788,13.7579540,10.5344149,11.2123002,9.5503450,11.3042249,6.6581916,13.0363709,9.0141363,6.8815546,8.6309000,9.4825677,6.9816465,9.4836443,8.5629547,12.5643187,13.2918150,4.9542483,3.8941388,12.0723769,14.6818075,6.2067566,8.6538934,11.4860264,9.6481396,12.7096758,7.8361298,12.0167492,9.2011051,6.7472607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``````

.. is there some easy way in R to programmatically and automatically find the most likely distribution and the estimated distribution parameters?

Please note that the distribution identification code will be part of an automated process, so manual intervention in the identification won't be possible.

My first approach would be to generate qq plots of the given data against the possible distributions.

``````x <- c(15.771062,14.741310,9.081269,11.276436,11.534672,17.980860,13.550017,13.853336,11.262280,11.049087,14.752701,4.481159,11.680758,11.451909,10.001488,11.106817,7.999088,10.591574,8.141551,12.401899,11.215275,13.358770,8.388508,11.875838,3.137448,8.675275,17.381322,12.362328,10.987731,7.600881,14.360674,5.443649,16.024247,11.247233,9.549301,9.709091,13.642511,10.892652,11.760685,11.717966,11.373979,10.543105,10.230631,9.918293,10.565087,8.891209,10.021141,9.152660,10.384917,8.739189,5.554605,8.575793,12.016232,10.862214,4.938752,14.046626,5.279255,11.907347,8.621476,7.933702,10.799049,8.567466,9.914821,7.483575,11.098477,8.033768,10.954300,8.031797,14.288100,9.813787,5.883826,7.829455,9.462013,9.176897,10.153627,4.922607,6.818439,9.480758,8.166601,12.017158,13.279630,14.464876,13.319124,12.331335,3.194438,9.866487,11.337083,8.958164,8.241395,4.289313,5.508243,4.737891,7.577698,9.626720,16.558392,10.309173,11.740863,8.761573,7.099866,10.032640)
> qqnorm(x)
``````

Another possibility is based on the fitdistr function in the MASS package. Here is the different distributions ordered by their log-likelihood

``````> library(MASS)
> fitdistr(x, 't')\$loglik
[1] -252.2659
Warning message:
In log(s) : NaNs produced
> fitdistr(x, 'normal')\$loglik
[1] -252.2968
> fitdistr(x, 'logistic')\$loglik
[1] -252.2996
> fitdistr(x, 'weibull')\$loglik
[1] -252.3507
> fitdistr(x, 'gamma')\$loglik
[1] -255.9099
> fitdistr(x, 'lognormal')\$loglik
[1] -260.6328
> fitdistr(x, 'exponential')\$loglik
[1] -331.8191
Warning messages:
1: In dgamma(x, shape, scale, log) : NaNs produced
2: In dgamma(x, shape, scale, log) : NaNs produced
``````