BeckmannDistribution

BeckmannDistribution[μ1,μ2,σ1,σ2]
represents the Beckmann distribution with means and and standard deviations and .

BeckmannDistribution[μ1,μ2,σ1,σ2,ρ]
represents the Beckmann distribution with means and , standard deviations and , and correlation ρ.

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Background
Background

  • BeckmannDistribution[μ1,μ2,σ1,σ2,ρ] represents a continuous probability distribution defined over the interval and parametrized by the numbers , , , , and ρ. Here, and are arbitrary real numbers, and are positive real numbers, and ρ is a real number satisfying The overall shape of the probability distribution function (PDF) of a Beckmann distribution depends on its arguments. For example, while the PDF of a Beckmann distribution is always unimodal, the shape of the PDF around its peak (e.g. its concavity) depends on the arguments. In general, higher values of tend to increase the "steepness" of the PDF near the peak, while lower values "spread out" the distribution in a way that makes the peak itself less discernible. Varying the parameter can change both the height and the horizontal position of the PDF, while varying ρ can affect its height and its overall concavity. The four-argument form BeckmannDistribution[μ1,μ2,σ1,σ2] is equivalent to BeckmannDistribution[μ1,μ2,σ1,σ2,0] and is sometimes referred to as the uncorrelated Beckmann distribution.
  • BeckmannDistribution[μ1,μ2,σ1,σ2,ρ] is defined as the distribution according to which is distributed when each element of the pair is distributed according to BinormalDistribution[{μ1,μ2},{σ1,σ2}, ρ]. As a result, the norm of a two-dimensional vector with normally distributed and correlated components follows a Beckmann distribution. The Beckmann distribution plays a fundamental role in scientific visualization, particularly in determining details concerning shading and specular highlighting in three-dimensional computer graphics, and is used to model fading amplitude in the theory of fading channels.
  • RandomVariate can be used to give one or more machine- or arbitrary-precision (the latter via the WorkingPrecision option) pseudorandom variates from a Beckmann distribution. Distributed[x,BeckmannDistribution[μ1,μ2,σ1,σ2,ρ]], written more concisely as , can be used to assert that a random variable x is distributed according to a Beckmann distribution. Such an assertion can then be used in functions such as Probability, NProbability, Expectation, and NExpectation.
  • The probability distribution and cumulative density functions may be given using PDF[BeckmannDistribution[μ1,μ2,σ1,σ2,ρ],x] and CDF[BeckmannDistribution[μ1,μ2,σ1,σ2,ρ],x]. The mean, median, variance, raw moments, and central moments may be computed using Mean, Median, Variance, Moment, and CentralMoment, respectively.
  • DistributionFitTest can be used to test if a given dataset is consistent with a Beckmann distribution, EstimatedDistribution to estimate a Beckmann parametric distribution from given data, and FindDistributionParameters to fit data to a Beckmann distribution. ProbabilityPlot can be used to generate a plot of the CDF of given data against the CDF of a symbolic Beckmann distribution, and QuantilePlot to generate a plot of the quantiles of given data against the quantiles of a symbolic Beckmann distribution.
  • TransformedDistribution can be used to represent a transformed Beckmann distribution, CensoredDistribution to represent the distribution of values censored between upper and lower values, and TruncatedDistribution to represent the distribution of values truncated between upper and lower values. CopulaDistribution can be used to build higher-dimensional distributions that contain a Beckmann distribution, and ProductDistribution can be used to compute a joint distribution with independent component distributions involving Beckmann distributions.
  • BeckmannDistribution is closely related to a number of other distributions. For example, BeckmannDistribution can be realized as a transformation of both NormalDistribution and BinormalDistribution, and can itself be transformed to realize NoncentralChiSquareDistribution. In addition, HoytDistribution and RiceDistribution are also both special cases of BeckmannDistribution.
Introduced in 2010
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