Probability Density Functions

The csb.statistics.pdf module defines AbstractDensity: a common interface for all PDFs. Each AbstractDensity describes a specific type of probability distribution, for example Normal is an implementation of the Gaussian distribution:

>>> pdf = Normal(mu=10, sigma=1.1)
>>>, pdf['sigma']
10.0, 1.1

Every PDF provides an implementation of the AbstractDensity.evaluate() method, which evaluates the PDF for a list of input data points:

>>> pdf.evaluate([10, 9, 11, 12])
array([ 0.3626748 ,  0.2399147 ,  0.2399147 ,  0.06945048])

PDF instances also behave like functions:

>>> pdf(data)    # the same as pdf.evaluate(data)

Some AbstractDensity implementations may support drawing random numbers from the distribution (or raise an exception otherwise):

>>> pdf.random(2)
array([ 9.86257083,  9.73760515])

Each implementation of AbstractDensity may support infinite number of estimators, used to estimate and re-initialize the PDF parameters from a set of observed data points:

>>> pdf.estimate([5, 5, 10, 10])
>>>, pdf.sigma
(7.5, 2.5)
>>> pdf.estimator

Estimators implement the AbstractEstimator interface. They are treated as pluggable tools, which can be exchanged through the AbstractDensity.estimator property (you could create, initialize and plug your own estimator as well). This is a classic Strategy.

Last edited Oct 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM by kalev, version 2


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