represents a Dagum distribution with shape parameters p and a and scale parameter b.



  • DagumDistribution[p,a,b] represents a continuous statistical distribution defined over the interval and parametrized by three positive values p, a, and b. The parameters p and a are called "shape parameters" and, depending on their values, the probability distribution function (PDF) of the Dagum distribution may be monotonic decreasing with potential singularities approaching the lower boundary of its domain or may be unimodal. The parameter b is a "scale parameter" that determines the overall height of the PDF (with the height increasing as the value of b decreases towards zero). Independent of its parameter values, the tails of the PDF of a Dagum distribution are "fat" in the sense that the PDF decreases algebraically rather than decreasing exponentially for large values . (This behavior can be made quantitatively precise by analyzing the SurvivalFunction of the distribution.) The Dagum distribution is sometimes referred to as a Burr III distribution.
  • The Dagum distribution dates to the work of Argentinian statistician and economist Camilo Dagum in the 1970s. Noting that the income elasticity of the cumulative distribution function (CDF) of income is a decreasing and bounded function, Dagum set out to construct a statistical distribution that closely modeled the distribution of wealth by combining the positive aspects of the Pareto and log-normal distributions (ParetoDistribution and LogNormalDistribution, respectively). Unsurprisingly, the main applications of the Dagum distribution are in economics and actuarial science, though more recently, the distribution has been used to model a number of phenomena in various areas, including tropospheric ozone levels in the field of environmental sciences and lifetime data/survival analysis in statistics.
  • RandomVariate can be used to give one or more machine- or arbitrary-precision (the latter via the WorkingPrecision option) pseudorandom variates from a Dagum distribution. Distributed[x,DagumDistribution[p,a,b]], written more concisely as , can be used to assert that a random variable x is distributed according to a Dagum 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[DagumDistribution[p,a,b],x] and CDF[DagumDistribution[p,a,b],x]. The mean, median, variance, raw moments, and central moments may be computed using Mean, Median, Variance, Moment, and CentralMoment, respectively, though because of the fat tails of the Dagum distribution, some of these quantities may fail to exist.
  • DistributionFitTest can be used to test if a given dataset is consistent with a Dagum distribution, EstimatedDistribution to estimate a Dagum parametric distribution from given data, and FindDistributionParameters to fit data to a Dagum distribution. ProbabilityPlot can be used to generate a plot of the CDF of given data against the CDF of a symbolic Dagum distribution and QuantilePlot to generate a plot of the quantiles of given data against the quantiles of a symbolic beta distribution.
  • TransformedDistribution can be used to represent a transformed Dagum 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 Dagum distribution, and ProductDistribution can be used to compute a joint distribution with independent component distributions involving Dagum distributions.
  • The Dagum distribution is related to a number of other distributions. For example, DagumDistribution is a special case of BetaPrimeDistribution in the sense that the PDF of BetaPrimeDistribution[p,1,a,b] is precisely the same as the PDF of DagumDistribution[p,a,b]. DagumDistribution also generalizes the more specific LogLogisticDistribution, i.e. DagumDistribution[1,γ,σ] has the same PDF as LogLogisticDistribution[λ,σ] and is constructed to combine the qualitative features of both LogNormalDistribution and ParetoDistribution. DagumDistribution is the inverse of the Burr/SinghMaddala distribution (SinghMaddalaDistribution) and is also related to BeniniDistribution, GammaDistribution, and WeibullDistribution.
Introduced in 2010