# gauss.hermite

##### Gauss-Hermite Quadrature Approximation to Expectation for Normal Distribution

Calculates an approximation to the expected value of any function of a normally-distributed random variable, using Gauss-Hermite quadrature.

- Keywords
- math

##### Usage

`gauss.hermite(f, mu = 0, sd = 1, ..., order = 5)`

##### Arguments

- f
The function whose moment should be approximated.

- mu
Mean of the normal distribution.

- sd
Standard deviation of the normal distribution.

- …
Additional arguments passed to

`f`

.- order
Number of quadrature points in the Gauss-Hermite quadrature approximation. A small positive integer.

##### Details

This algorithm calculates the approximate expected value of
`f(Z)`

when `Z`

is a normally-distributed random
variable with mean `mu`

and standard deviation `sd`

.
The expected value is an integral with respect to the
Gaussian density; this integral is approximated
using Gauss-Hermite quadrature.

The argument `f`

should be a function in the R language
whose first argument is the variable `Z`

. Additional arguments
may be passed through `…`

. The value returned by `f`

may be a single numeric value, a vector, or a matrix. The values
returned by `f`

for different values of `Z`

must have
compatible dimensions.

The result is a weighted average of several values of `f`

.

##### Value

Numeric value, vector or matrix.

##### Examples

```
# NOT RUN {
gauss.hermite(function(x) x^2, 3, 1)
# }
```

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