rv_continuous.interval(confidence=None, *args, **kwds)[source]#

Confidence interval with equal areas around the median.

Deprecated since version 1.9.0: Parameter alpha is replaced by parameter confidence to avoid name collisions with the shape parameter alpha of some distributions. Parameter alpha will be removed in SciPy 1.11.0.

confidencearray_like of float

Probability that an rv will be drawn from the returned range. Each value should be in the range [0, 1].

arg1, arg2, …array_like

The shape parameter(s) for the distribution (see docstring of the instance object for more information).

locarray_like, optional

location parameter, Default is 0.

scalearray_like, optional

scale parameter, Default is 1.

a, bndarray of float

end-points of range that contain 100 * alpha % of the rv’s possible values.


This is implemented as ppf([p_tail, 1-p_tail]), where ppf is the inverse cumulative distribution function and p_tail = (1-confidence)/2. Suppose [c, d] is the support of a discrete distribution; then ppf([0, 1]) == (c-1, d). Therefore, when confidence=1 and the distribution is discrete, the left end of the interval will be beyond the support of the distribution. For discrete distributions, the interval will limit the probability in each tail to be less than or equal to p_tail (usually strictly less).