scipy.stats.ncf = <scipy.stats._continuous_distns.ncf_gen object>[source]

A non-central F distribution continuous random variable.

As an instance of the rv_continuous class, ncf 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.

See also


Fisher distribution


The probability density function for ncf is:

\[\begin{split}f(x, n_1, n_2, \lambda) = \exp\left(\frac{\lambda}{2} + \lambda n_1 \frac{x}{2(n_1 x + n_2)} \right) n_1^{n_1/2} n_2^{n_2/2} x^{n_1/2 - 1} \\ (n_2 + n_1 x)^{-(n_1 + n_2)/2} \gamma(n_1/2) \gamma(1 + n_2/2) \\ \frac{L^{\frac{n_1}{2}-1}_{n_2/2} \left(-\lambda n_1 \frac{x}{2(n_1 x + n_2)}\right)} {B(n_1/2, n_2/2) \gamma\left(\frac{n_1 + n_2}{2}\right)}\end{split}\]

for \(n_1, n_2 > 0\), \(\lambda \ge 0\). Here \(n_1\) is the degrees of freedom in the numerator, \(n_2\) the degrees of freedom in the denominator, \(\lambda\) the non-centrality parameter, \(\gamma\) is the logarithm of the Gamma function, \(L_n^k\) is a generalized Laguerre polynomial and \(B\) is the beta function.

ncf takes df1, df2 and nc as shape parameters. If nc=0, the distribution becomes equivalent to the Fisher distribution.

The probability density above is defined in the “standardized” form. To shift and/or scale the distribution use the loc and scale parameters. Specifically, ncf.pdf(x, dfn, dfd, nc, loc, scale) is identically equivalent to ncf.pdf(y, dfn, dfd, nc) / scale with y = (x - loc) / scale. Note that shifting the location of a distribution does not make it a “noncentral” distribution; noncentral generalizations of some distributions are available in separate classes.


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

Calculate the first four moments:

>>> dfn, dfd, nc = 27, 27, 0.416
>>> mean, var, skew, kurt = ncf.stats(dfn, dfd, nc, moments='mvsk')

Display the probability density function (pdf):

>>> x = np.linspace(ncf.ppf(0.01, dfn, dfd, nc),
...                 ncf.ppf(0.99, dfn, dfd, nc), 100)
>>> ax.plot(x, ncf.pdf(x, dfn, dfd, nc),
...        'r-', lw=5, alpha=0.6, label='ncf 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 = ncf(dfn, dfd, nc)
>>> ax.plot(x, rv.pdf(x), 'k-', lw=2, label='frozen pdf')

Check accuracy of cdf and ppf:

>>> vals = ncf.ppf([0.001, 0.5, 0.999], dfn, dfd, nc)
>>> np.allclose([0.001, 0.5, 0.999], ncf.cdf(vals, dfn, dfd, nc))

Generate random numbers:

>>> r = ncf.rvs(dfn, dfd, nc, size=1000)

And compare the histogram:

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


rvs(dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1, size=1, random_state=None)

Random variates.

pdf(x, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Probability density function.

logpdf(x, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Log of the probability density function.

cdf(x, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Cumulative distribution function.

logcdf(x, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Log of the cumulative distribution function.

sf(x, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Survival function (also defined as 1 - cdf, but sf is sometimes more accurate).

logsf(x, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Log of the survival function.

ppf(q, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Percent point function (inverse of cdf — percentiles).

isf(q, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Inverse survival function (inverse of sf).

moment(n, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Non-central moment of order n

stats(dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1, moments=’mv’)

Mean(‘m’), variance(‘v’), skew(‘s’), and/or kurtosis(‘k’).

entropy(dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

(Differential) entropy of the RV.


Parameter estimates for generic data. See for detailed documentation of the keyword arguments.

expect(func, args=(dfn, dfd, nc), 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(dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Median of the distribution.

mean(dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Mean of the distribution.

var(dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Variance of the distribution.

std(dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Standard deviation of the distribution.

interval(alpha, dfn, dfd, nc, loc=0, scale=1)

Endpoints of the range that contains fraction alpha [0, 1] of the distribution