Poisson Distribution always return erros

my code in pystan

my_code = """
data {
    int<lower=0> J; // number of datas
    vector[J] value; // observed values

parameters {
    //Arrival rate coefs
    real<lower=1,upper=10> th11;

    //jump dist params
    real<lower=1> sigma;

model {

    int ku[J];
    for (i in 1:J)
        ku[i] ~ poisson(th11);

    for (i in 1:J)
        value[i] ~ normal(ku[i], sigma);

schools_dat = {'J': 10,

sm = pystan.StanModel(model_code=my_code)
fit = sm.sampling(data=schools_dat, iter=1000, chains=1)

this code always returns same error:

Rejecting initial value:
Error evaluating the log probability at the initial value.
Exception: poisson_lpmf: Random variable is -2147483648, but must be >= 0! (in ‘unknown file name’ at line 22)

Initialization between (-2, 2) failed after 100 attempts.

how to avoid this?

Hi! :)

This is not allowed in Stan. The tilde ~ doesn’t “sample” from a distribution, but rather adds the data/parameter on the left hand side to the target function with the log distribution function thats on the right hand side (with given parameters). Basically, it is target += lpmf(ku[i], th11), and since ku doesn’t have a value, it throws an error.

Unfortunately, this is not the only problem with the model (at least for Stan): You can not have integer parameters in Stan (or any HMC or gradient based MCMC sample).

You’d have to marginalize over all the discreet parameters in your model, which can be a bit painful to do here… Sorry, for not being very helpful… :/

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