# Solved – Confused about Gamma distribution parameters in R

I would like to draw a Gama distribution in R but Im confused since it has different notations.

Mine is in the form:

\$ theta^alpha x^{alpha-1}e^{-theta x} / Gamma(alpha) \$

Let's say for example that \$alpha = 5\$

Is this the correct way to represent it?:

``curve(dgamma(x, scale=1, shape=5),from=0, to=100, main="Gamma distribution") ``

shape is \$alpha\$ , im not sure what scale is or what the 'x' does.

Thank you

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Following the standard notation you should define the scale parameter as \$1/theta\$.

Of course in this case it makes no difference because \$theta = 1\$ but in general when you write the pdf of the gamma distribution the way you did, \$theta\$ is called rate paramenter and not scale parameter.

This is also made clear in the R documentation for the function:

``dgamma ``

here

About x insted .. "what x does" is nothing.

x represents the point where you evaluate the pdf.

If you have a sample from a gamma distribution all \$x_1,x_2,…,x_n\$ are your sample points.

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