Draw samples from a standard Student’s t distribution with df degrees of freedom.
A special case of the hyperbolic distribution. As df gets large, the result resembles that of the standard normal distribution (
- df : float or array_like of floats
Degrees of freedom, must be > 0.
- size : int or tuple of ints, optional
Output shape. If the given shape is, e.g.,
(m, n, k), then
m * n * ksamples are drawn. If size is
None(default), a single value is returned if
dfis a scalar. Otherwise,
np.array(df).sizesamples are drawn.
- out : ndarray or scalar
Drawn samples from the parameterized standard Student’s t distribution.
The probability density function for the t distribution is
The t test is based on an assumption that the data come from a Normal distribution. The t test provides a way to test whether the sample mean (that is the mean calculated from the data) is a good estimate of the true mean.
The derivation of the t-distribution was first published in 1908 by William Gosset while working for the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. Due to proprietary issues, he had to publish under a pseudonym, and so he used the name Student.
 Dalgaard, Peter, “Introductory Statistics With R”, Springer, 2002.  Wikipedia, “Student’s t-distribution” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Student’s_t-distribution
From Dalgaard page 83 , suppose the daily energy intake for 11 women in kilojoules (kJ) is:
>>> intake = np.array([5260., 5470, 5640, 6180, 6390, 6515, 6805, 7515, \ ... 7515, 8230, 8770])
Does their energy intake deviate systematically from the recommended value of 7725 kJ?
We have 10 degrees of freedom, so is the sample mean within 95% of the recommended value?
>>> s = np.random.standard_t(10, size=100000) >>> np.mean(intake) 6753.636363636364 >>> intake.std(ddof=1) 1142.1232221373727
Calculate the t statistic, setting the ddof parameter to the unbiased value so the divisor in the standard deviation will be degrees of freedom, N-1.
>>> t = (np.mean(intake)-7725)/(intake.std(ddof=1)/np.sqrt(len(intake))) >>> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt >>> h = plt.hist(s, bins=100, density=True)
For a one-sided t-test, how far out in the distribution does the t statistic appear?
>>> np.sum(s<t) / float(len(s)) 0.0090699999999999999 #random
So the p-value is about 0.009, which says the null hypothesis has a probability of about 99% of being true.