# scipy.stats.erlang¶

scipy.stats.erlang = <scipy.stats.distributions.erlang_gen object at 0x3b85990>

An Erlang continuous random variable.

Continuous random variables are defined from a standard form and may require some shape parameters to complete its specification. Any optional keyword parameters can be passed to the methods of the RV object as given below:

Parameters : x : array_like quantiles q : array_like lower or upper tail probability n : array_like shape parameters loc : array_like, optional location parameter (default=0) scale : array_like, optional scale parameter (default=1) size : int or tuple of ints, optional shape of random variates (default computed from input arguments ) moments : str, optional composed of letters [‘mvsk’] specifying which moments to compute where ‘m’ = mean, ‘v’ = variance, ‘s’ = (Fisher’s) skew and ‘k’ = (Fisher’s) kurtosis. (default=’mv’) Alternatively, the object may be called (as a function) to fix the shape, : location, and scale parameters returning a “frozen” continuous RV object: : rv = erlang(n, loc=0, scale=1) : Frozen RV object with the same methods but holding the given shape, location, and scale fixed.

Notes

The Erlang distribution is a special case of the Gamma distribution, with the shape parameter an integer.

Examples

```>>> from scipy.stats import erlang
>>> numargs = erlang.numargs
>>> [ n ] = [0.9,] * numargs
>>> rv = erlang(n)
```

Display frozen pdf

```>>> x = np.linspace(0, np.minimum(rv.dist.b, 3))
>>> h = plt.plot(x, rv.pdf(x))
```

Check accuracy of cdf and ppf

```>>> prb = erlang.cdf(x, n)
>>> h = plt.semilogy(np.abs(x - erlang.ppf(prb, n)) + 1e-20)
```

Random number generation

```>>> R = erlang.rvs(n, size=100)
```

Methods

 rvs(n, loc=0, scale=1, size=1) Random variates. pdf(x, n, loc=0, scale=1) Probability density function. logpdf(x, n, loc=0, scale=1) Log of the probability density function. cdf(x, n, loc=0, scale=1) Cumulative density function. logcdf(x, n, loc=0, scale=1) Log of the cumulative density function. sf(x, n, loc=0, scale=1) Survival function (1-cdf — sometimes more accurate). logsf(x, n, loc=0, scale=1) Log of the survival function. ppf(q, n, loc=0, scale=1) Percent point function (inverse of cdf — percentiles). isf(q, n, loc=0, scale=1) Inverse survival function (inverse of sf). moment(n, n, loc=0, scale=1) Non-central moment of order n stats(n, loc=0, scale=1, moments=’mv’) Mean(‘m’), variance(‘v’), skew(‘s’), and/or kurtosis(‘k’). entropy(n, loc=0, scale=1) (Differential) entropy of the RV. fit(data, n, loc=0, scale=1) Parameter estimates for generic data. expect(func, n, loc=0, scale=1, lb=None, ub=None, conditional=False, **kwds) Expected value of a function (of one argument) with respect to the distribution. median(n, loc=0, scale=1) Median of the distribution. mean(n, loc=0, scale=1) Mean of the distribution. var(n, loc=0, scale=1) Variance of the distribution. std(n, loc=0, scale=1) Standard deviation of the distribution. interval(alpha, n, loc=0, scale=1) Endpoints of the range that contains alpha percent of the distribution

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