scipy.stats.powerlaw = <scipy.stats.distributions.powerlaw_gen object at 0x44ef110>[source]

A power-function 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


q : array_like

lower or upper tail probability

a : 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 = powerlaw(a, loc=0, scale=1) :

  • Frozen RV object with the same methods but holding the given shape, location, and scale fixed.


The probability density function for powerlaw is:

powerlaw.pdf(x, a) = a * x**(a-1)

for 0 <= x <= 1, a > 0.


>>> from scipy.stats import powerlaw
>>> numargs = powerlaw.numargs
>>> [ a ] = [0.9,] * numargs
>>> rv = powerlaw(a)

Display frozen pdf

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

Here, rv.dist.b is the right endpoint of the support of rv.dist.

Check accuracy of cdf and ppf

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

Random number generation

>>> R = powerlaw.rvs(a, size=100)


rvs(a, loc=0, scale=1, size=1) Random variates.
pdf(x, a, loc=0, scale=1) Probability density function.
logpdf(x, a, loc=0, scale=1) Log of the probability density function.
cdf(x, a, loc=0, scale=1) Cumulative density function.
logcdf(x, a, loc=0, scale=1) Log of the cumulative density function.
sf(x, a, loc=0, scale=1) Survival function (1-cdf — sometimes more accurate).
logsf(x, a, loc=0, scale=1) Log of the survival function.
ppf(q, a, loc=0, scale=1) Percent point function (inverse of cdf — percentiles).
isf(q, a, loc=0, scale=1) Inverse survival function (inverse of sf).
moment(n, a, loc=0, scale=1) Non-central moment of order n
stats(a, loc=0, scale=1, moments=’mv’) Mean(‘m’), variance(‘v’), skew(‘s’), and/or kurtosis(‘k’).
entropy(a, loc=0, scale=1) (Differential) entropy of the RV.
fit(data, a, loc=0, scale=1) Parameter estimates for generic data.
expect(func, a, 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(a, loc=0, scale=1) Median of the distribution.
mean(a, loc=0, scale=1) Mean of the distribution.
var(a, loc=0, scale=1) Variance of the distribution.
std(a, loc=0, scale=1) Standard deviation of the distribution.
interval(alpha, a, loc=0, scale=1) Endpoints of the range that contains alpha percent of the distribution

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