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scipy.stats.maxwell

scipy.stats.maxwell = <scipy.stats._continuous_distns.maxwell_gen object at 0x2b17af89ead0>[source]

A Maxwell continuous random variable.

As an instance of the rv_continuous class, maxwell object inherits from it a collection of generic methods (see below for the full list), and completes them with details specific for this particular distribution.

Notes

A special case of a chi distribution, with df = 3, loc = 0.0, and given scale = a, where a is the parameter used in the Mathworld description [R316].

The probability density function for maxwell is:

maxwell.pdf(x) = sqrt(2/pi)x**2 * exp(-x**2/2)

for x > 0.

The probability density above is defined in the “standardized” form. To shift and/or scale the distribution use the loc and scale parameters. Specifically, maxwell.pdf(x, loc, scale) is identically equivalent to maxwell.pdf(y) / scale with y = (x - loc) / scale.

References

[R316](1, 2) http://mathworld.wolfram.com/MaxwellDistribution.html

Examples

>>> from scipy.stats import maxwell
>>> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
>>> fig, ax = plt.subplots(1, 1)

Calculate a few first moments:

>>> mean, var, skew, kurt = maxwell.stats(moments='mvsk')

Display the probability density function (pdf):

>>> x = np.linspace(maxwell.ppf(0.01),
...                 maxwell.ppf(0.99), 100)
>>> ax.plot(x, maxwell.pdf(x),
...        'r-', lw=5, alpha=0.6, label='maxwell pdf')

Alternatively, the distribution object can be called (as a function) to fix the shape, location and scale parameters. This returns a “frozen” RV object holding the given parameters fixed.

Freeze the distribution and display the frozen pdf:

>>> rv = maxwell()
>>> ax.plot(x, rv.pdf(x), 'k-', lw=2, label='frozen pdf')

Check accuracy of cdf and ppf:

>>> vals = maxwell.ppf([0.001, 0.5, 0.999])
>>> np.allclose([0.001, 0.5, 0.999], maxwell.cdf(vals))
True

Generate random numbers:

>>> r = maxwell.rvs(size=1000)

And compare the histogram:

>>> ax.hist(r, normed=True, histtype='stepfilled', alpha=0.2)
>>> ax.legend(loc='best', frameon=False)
>>> plt.show()

(Source code)

../_images/scipy-stats-maxwell-1.png

Methods

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

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