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Getting the Cumulative Distribution Function of f(x) from a dataset of x

I've a data set $\mathcal{X}$ which consists of randomly generated numbers. Let's say for example data = RandomVariate[ExponentialDistribution[1], 10^4]; My aim ...
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Areas of Voronoi cells from image file

I have an binary image with non-point objects. Does anyone have any suggestions how to determine area of each Voronoi cell in Voronoi diagram (goal is area distribution)? Thank you in advance.
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How to fit one distribution to another?

I have a custom distribution created to model some experimental observations. While too complicated to include in this question, I can provide an example and some illustrations to convey a sense of ...
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Calculate the mean of ordered distribution of the defined distribution

I am trying to evaluate the mean of the following: Let $a\sim Binom(10,1/2)$ and consider the random variable $\quad \quad d=\left|\frac{2}{\sqrt{10}}a-\sqrt{10}\right|$ Let $d_1,\dots,d_{20}$ be ...
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Mathematica function to calculate equivalent NormalDistribution from a WeibullDistribution

I have a WeibullDistribution with mean 12.0 and standard deviation 3.2. Is there any built-in Mathematica function that calculates an equivalent ...
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Dirichlet marginals - why does Mathematica not give the *Kth* marginal?

Observe: MarginalDistribution[DirichletDistribution[{a, b, c, d}], #] & /@ Range@4 {BetaDistribution[a, b + c + d], BetaDistribution[b, a + c + d], ...
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How can we create a histogram distribution from binning data?

HistogramDistribution takes a list of data points, creates a histogram from them, and returns this histogram in a form that can be used as a distribution. I ...
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How do I emulate DiscreteUniformDistribution in Mathematica?

How do I define a function from scratch that emulates DiscreteUniformDistribution? As shown below, attempting to use ...
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Linear fit with conditional noise distribution

I need to fit a linear model of the form $y_i = a · x_i + b + e_i$. The $e_i$ are independent noise from a distribution that depends on $x$ as well as on global parameters of the data; however, the ...
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MarginalDistribution with Symbolic range in ProbabilityDistribution

Given the following joint density: for 10 < x < 20, x/2 < y < x. To find the marginal density for X we do: ...
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Expectation of CauchyDistribution

I've noticed this strange behavior and I'm wondering if it's a bug. I define a Cauchy distribution: c = CauchyDistribution[0, 1]; If I evaluate ...
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Can I store a DataDistribution in a database?

I have a DataDistribution data = KernelMixtureDistribution[RandomVariate[NormalDistribution[], 10^5]] that takes a long time ...
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Second derivative of SmoothKernelDistribution PDF?

Does anyone know why I can't seem to get a second derivative of this interpolating function f? In this example, h[x] is zero ...
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DistributionFitTest with WeightedData?

My problem is related to statistical testing with weighted data. I have a data sample and I assume that a part of the data follows a specific distribution (Pareto). So I fit my data to a distribution ...
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SmoothHistogram with sharp boundary [duplicate]

When using SmoothHistogram (to plot probability distribution function), I noticed that the edge of the figure is automatically smoothed towards zero probability. ...
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How to pass a custom method to a particular option?

In an answer to my question More efficient method to compute moments of the Johnson $S_B$ distribution, J. M. has come up with a method to compute the moments of the Johnson $S_B$ distribution, which ...
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When are `If`, `Piecewise`, `Switch`, and `Which` interchangeable and when are they not?

Experimenting with joint dependent distributions via the TransformedDistribution function, I used the following to derive a distribution where the second variate is ...
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Graphical Plots of PDF and CDF

I have a joint density and distribution function that I want to plot in a meaningful way, (i.e., want to be able to see how the functions behaves as changes in x and y happen simultaneously. If ...
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Iterating distributions

I want to calculate the distribution that comes from summing up random numbers between -0.5 and 0.5. A computationally intensive version of doing this is to simply do the following: ...
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Deriving a Rayleigh distribution

When I tried to find this Rayleigh distribution Mathematica couldn't come with an answer: ...
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How to plot an implicit value funtion

Previous question has been solved (Gap in a continuous plot). Here is a new related question. ...
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How to transform an image into a probability density function?

I'd like to use the Metropolis algorithm to randomly generate points with density according to the brightness of an image. I just need to transform a binary image into a pdf function to use this ...
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Why doesn't FullSimplify simplify expressions with DiracDelta?

I want to simplify a complicated expression with some Dirac delta distributions, but FullSimplify does not do what I want. Specifically, I want ...
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Calculate PDF and CDF of a product of independent exponentially distributed random variables

Let x[1], x[2], ..., x[n] be independent random variables each of which is distributed exponentially, i.e. with the PDF ...
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Categorical Distribution

Suppose I want to do calculations with a random variable $X$ that has a simple categorical distribution (a.k.a generalised Bernoulli distribution or discrete distribution). I was expecting to be able ...
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Finding Distribution based on quantile data

I am trying to determine an approximate distribution based on quantile data. I have the following information regarding Profit/Loss from an investing strategy backtest, and I want to use the data to ...
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Dependent probabilities distributions?

What's the best way to model situations with dependencies? What I mean is well-defined arrangements like: If I choose a 6-sided die with probability $p$ and a 20-sided one otherwise, and then roll ...
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Determining the dimension of a probability distribution

Functions like Mean and RandomVariate clearly infer the dimension of the distribution passed to them. One can also usually ...
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Gaps in the plot of a cumulative distribution function produced from HistogramDistribution [duplicate]

I have about 200 real numbers spread over the range 0-400. I use HistogramDistribution to bin them and PDF to create the ...
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Why doesn't NSolve work for this equality? Wildly incorrect solutions are given in certain cases

I am trying to write a function that solves for p in the following equation: PDF[BinomialDistribution[n, p], x] == op The ...
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Radial Random Walk

I'm trying to generate a spherical distribution of radial random walk points in 3D space. The following code works, but the random walk lines aren't radial. Why ? Where is my mistake ? ...
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Closed form for convolutions of random variables

Is it possible to get Mathematica (9) to calculate PDF's for combined distributions? I can't seem to find the right notation, if this is possible at all. My attempts: ...
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Proper command to fit a distribution with data incomplete in a known way

Here is my scenario: got some data that I have to fit to a specific parametric family of probability distributions (cannot be changed). Data consist of several bunches of integers between, say, 0 and ...
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RandomVariate does not evaluate a Hyperbolic Distribution

Any Idea why I can't get a result from this expression: ...
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Using DistributionFitTest on custom distributions in Mathematica 8

I originally posted this question on Stack Overflow, but I didn't get any answers, and I'm hoping to have better luck here. I'm trying to compute the goodness-of-fit of a bi-modal Gaussian ...
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Heuristic Method to create low discrepancy sequences

Introduction I am now trying to program an algorithm to achieve an uniform distribution of points within a space of dimension n. I started working in 2D. The idea is to achieve an uniform ...
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Where can I find the Distributions Palette?

I was watching the "Statistics: Modeling with Statistical Distribution" Training Course http://www.wolfram.com/training/videos/DAT016/ and in one of the slides, the following image showed up. Does ...
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Finding the characteristic function of a TransformedDistribution[]

I am trying to find the characteristic function of a sum of "named" distributions, though I am interested in how to use Mathematica to find the characteristic function of $$f(X_1,\ldots, X_n),$$ where ...
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Overriding a built-in function with custom coded procedures

Sometimes it might be useful to override Mathematica's built-in functions with custom code that is either more specific or more efficient (or even less "smart"), but at the same time keeping the same ...
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NMaximize the Likelihood

I am still pretty new to Mathematica, but have to solve a quite complex problem. The function ...
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Goodness of Fit of Copula Distribution

I am trying to find out goodness of fit of copula distribution, but Mathematica 10 gives me the same answer for each copula type. e.g ...
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How to define a bivariate skew normal distribution?

There is BinormalDistribution that handles easily bivariate normal distribution and its mixtures. There is also ...
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What is a good way to display many discrete probability distributions on the same plot in Mathematica?

For something like 2 to 30 distributions each with 2 to 30 values. If we assume the distributions have unique values, a standard stacked bar chart is insufficient, but maybe something similar would ...
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How to Plot the PDF of Product of two Normals

I've been looking to plot the distribution of the product of two normally distributed variables, x and y, that are uncorrelated. I've tried symbolically calculating the PDF using the ...
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TransformedDistribution doesn't work

I'm trying to obtain a sum distribution of two discrete random variables. The function TransformedDistribution doesn't work for me in such case: ...
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Colorize a 3D distribution of points according to density

Suppose we have some random 3D distribution of points. I'll use the spherical ball defined below as an example and a starting point for the discussion here : ...
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Efficient Sampling of A (Countable) Discrete Distribution

I have a sequence of positive terms $(a_n)$, for which $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n = A <\infty$, and wish to take a psuedo-random sample from the discrete probability distribution \begin{equation} ...
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Multiple histograms grouped in a chart

I have this problem: I have three distributions and the relative histograms. But I would like to create an histogram in which the three columns of each single histogram for the same bin are put ...