# numpy.random.mtrand.RandomState.gamma¶

RandomState.gamma(shape, scale=1.0, size=None)

Draw samples from a Gamma distribution.

Samples are drawn from a Gamma distribution with specified parameters, shape (sometimes designated “k”) and scale (sometimes designated “theta”), where both parameters are > 0.

Parameters: shape : scalar > 0 The shape of the gamma distribution. scale : scalar > 0, optional The scale of the gamma distribution. Default is equal to 1. size : shape_tuple, optional Output shape. If the given shape is, e.g., (m, n, k), then m * n * k samples are drawn. out : ndarray, float Returns one sample unless size parameter is specified.

scipy.stats.distributions.gamma
probability density function, distribution or cumulative density function, etc.

Notes

The probability density for the Gamma distribution is

where is the shape and the scale, and is the Gamma function.

The Gamma distribution is often used to model the times to failure of electronic components, and arises naturally in processes for which the waiting times between Poisson distributed events are relevant.

References

 [R182] Weisstein, Eric W. “Gamma Distribution.” From MathWorld–A Wolfram Web Resource. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GammaDistribution.html
 [R183] Wikipedia, “Gamma-distribution”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma-distribution

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