The tweedie distribution is a new comer to generalized linear model framework. It has three parameters, \(\mu\), \(\sigma^2\), \(\rho\), and has a number of unique characteristics. Many other distributions are special cases of the tweedie distribution.

- Distributions
- \(\rho\) = 0 gaussian
- \(\rho\) = 1 poisson
- \(\rho\) = 2 gamma
- \(\rho\) = 3 inverse gaussian

The probability density function cannot be evaluated directly. Instead special algorithms must be created to calculate the density. Interested statisticians should read Evaluation of Tweedie exponential dispersion model densities by Fourier inversion. The author created the R package tweedie; which GlmSimulatoR relies upon.

Due to computational demands associated with the tweedie distribution and software available in R, this package focuses on tweedie distributions with \(\rho\) in [1, 2] and \(\sigma^2\) equal to 1.

To test out R’s special glm function for the tweedie distribution, lets generate data and see how close our estimates are. We will be using the cplm package.

```
library(GlmSimulatoR)
library(ggplot2)
library(cplm, quietly = TRUE)
set.seed(1)
simdata <- simulate_tweedie(weight = .2, ancillary = 1.15, link = "log")
ggplot(simdata, aes(x = Y)) +
geom_histogram(bins = 30)
```

The response variable is usually zero, but sometimes it is positive. This is what makes the tweedie distribution unique.

```
##
## Call:
## cpglm(formula = Y ~ X1, link = "log", data = simdata)
##
## Deviance Residuals:
## Min 1Q Median 3Q Max
## -1.9832 -0.8648 -0.1652 0.5337 4.0653
## Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)
## (Intercept) 0.21157 0.04286 4.936 8.09e-07 ***
## X1 0.19587 0.02780 7.047 1.95e-12 ***
## ---
## Signif. codes: 0 '***' 0.001 '**' 0.01 '*' 0.05 '.' 0.1 ' ' 1
##
## Estimated dispersion parameter: 1.0057
## Estimated index parameter: 1.1521
##
## Residual deviance: 11829 on 9998 degrees of freedom
## AIC: 33421
##
## Number of Fisher Scoring iterations: 5
```

The estimated index parameter is very close to \(\rho\) (the ancillary argument), and the estimated weights are close to \(\beta\) (the weight argument). Overall the function worked well.