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Visualization of Bivariate Distributions

I know it is perfectly possible to show the bivariate probability distributions in MMA. But my question is can we show each dimension of distribution in 2D dimension while we are showing the 3D plot? ...
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Standard errors for maximum likelihood estimates in FindDistributionParameters

I am trying to fit a non-standard PDF to data and FindDistributionParameters works great, and gives me the parameters of the distribution back using maximum ...
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How to compute the inverse CDF properly?

Note: this has been fixed in version 9. I want to compute the CDF and inverse CDF of the hyperbolic distribution: ...
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Speed up adding Poisson noise to an image

I'm simulating some images corrupted with Poisson noise, but I'm encountering a few problems with performance. According to the documentation on ImageEffect, one ...
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Obtaining joint distributions and conditional distributions using Mathematica

I have two multivariate Gaussian distributions $p(x)$ and $p(z)$ with mean vectors $m_x$ and $m_z$, and covariance matrices $\Sigma_x$ and $\Sigma_z$. my model is a simple linear model $x = W z+n$ ...
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RandomVariate returns values outside the support of a PDF

Let $X$ be a random variable with pdf: dist = ProbabilityDistribution[1/(Abs[x]*Log[Abs[x]]^2), {x, -E^-2, E^-2}] Here are some pseudo-random drawings from it: ...
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How to generate a RandomVariate of a custom distribution?

I'm trying to generate a pseudorandom variate out of a custom distribution. Suppose I want define a custom distribution, and for the sake of simplicity I define a Poisson distribution (the ...
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Trying to fit an unknown extreme distribution

First up, I'm quite new to Mathematica so any hints on better code would be greatly appreciated. I have some histogram frequency data from an unknown distribution that I'm trying to fit. Here's the ...
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Finding distribution parameters of a gaussian mixture distribution

Short version: how to estimate the parameters of a mixture of multivariate normal distributions (i.e.: Gaussian mixture model)? Long version. I am trying to estimate the parameters of a mixture of ...
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How does bandwidth selection work for low-variance dimensions with KernelMixtureDistribution?

I am puzzled because this toy example (in Mathematica 8) ...
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What do the options of SmoothKernelDistribution do?

The function SmoothKernelDistribution has three options that are not described in too much detail in the Mathematica's help window. InterpolationPoints: What is ...
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Sampling phase space uniformly for a given energy

For example, for the 1D harmonic oscillator, the energy is given by: $$ E = \frac{1}{2 m} p^2 + \frac{m \omega^2}{2} x^2 $$ where x is position and p is the momentum. I would like to sample phase ...
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What is the best distribution for my histogram?

I defined a security bound for a random walk (cube with 15 lengh) and i have this code to obtain a sample of the random times at which the random walk crosses the boundary for the first time: ...
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The default bandwidth of the SmoothKernelDistribution function

I am researching the Silverman rule of thumb for bandwidth selection. Below is a sample of my code, from which it seems that BW=63 is close to the default parameter given by Mathematica (2 images are ...
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Inconsistent DistributionFitTest results?

In pondering this question, I used Mariana's function to generate the following data. ...
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AndersonDarlingTest and DistributionFitTest Leaking Memory

I believe AndersonDarlingTest and probably all other tests are keeping a copy of data somewhere and not freeing it: ...
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Probability and distribution from actual data

Let's say I have some data from a real world system: ...
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RandomVariate does not fill range of PDF of distribution

I've declared my own probability distribution as follows dist[a_, b_] := ProbabilityDistribution[Cos[(b x)/2]^2 Sinc[a x]^2, {x, -400, 400}]; When I try to ...
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How to create a spliced survival statistical distribution?

I am trying to use Mathematica for more of my reliability engineering work and am having trouble using SplicedDistribution. I have a Weibull distribution (dist1) associated with a low stress ...
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How to randomly erode a 3D distribution of points with Mma 7.0?

Suppose we have a 3D distribution of points, like the spherical ball example below : ...
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How can I create a Distribution from its probability density function?

I have a probability density function. Is there a mechanism to create a Distribution object from it, such that normal Mathematica commands that usually work on ...
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Fix end point in smooth kernel distribution density

I am using some extreme value fitting method which results in a parametric distribution for values exceeding some threshold, all values $\geq 0$. For smaller values I'd like to use a smooth kernel ...
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Is there a free version of the Springer book “Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica”?

Is there a free version of the Springer book: $$\text{Mathematical Statistics with Mathematica}$$ by Rose and Smith ... available on the internet?
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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 solve this probability symbolically or numerically?

I am trying to calculate the following probability $$\mathbb{P} \big(\sum_{i=1}^{m} (A_i + S_i) \le L < \sum_{i=1}^{m+1} (A_i + S_i) \big)$$ where, $$A_i \sim \exp(\lambda), \quad S_i \sim ...
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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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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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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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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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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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what is The Formula behind the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test statistics?

I calculate the Kolmogrov-samirnov test statistic for the following data: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Define customised distribution with discontinuous CDF

I have the following CDF: ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Colors associated to parts of a 3D distribution of points

Suppose we have a long list of random points (cartesian coordinates) in 3D space. coords := ...; Until now, I was associating colors in a radial way, from the ...
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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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How to extract the probability density function from SmoothHistogram? [duplicate]

I have some data.I plot the histogram with SmoothHistogram in Mathematica. If the y-axis of the histogram is my p(x) function, I want to plot f(x)=(1/n)ln(p(x)) ...
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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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Generating a range of numbers according to some rules

I'm pretty new to Mathematica, and I'm mainly a programmer so I don't have a lot of knowledge about maths. I want to generate a set of UNIQUE incremental numbers (series) according to the following ...
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How to measure cross-covariance in mathematica

In matlab cross-covariance is given by [c,lags] = xcov(x,maxlags,'coeff'); How can I measure in Mathematica?
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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 ...