represents a logistic distribution with mean μ and scale parameter β.

represents a logistic distribution with mean 0 and scale parameter 1.


Background & Context
Background & Context

  • LogisticDistribution[μ,β] represents a continuous statistical distribution defined and supported over the set of real numbers and parametrized by a real number μ (called the "mean" of the distribution) and a positive real number β (called a "scale parameter"). Overall, the probability density function (PDF) of a logistic distribution is unimodal with a single "peak" (i.e. a global maximum), though its overall shape (its height, its spread, and the horizontal location of its maximum) is determined by the values of μ and β. In addition, the PDF of the logistic distribution has tails that are "thin" in the sense that its PDF decreases exponentially rather than algebraically for large values of . (This behavior can be made quantitatively precise by analyzing the SurvivalFunction of the distribution.) So named because its cumulative distribution function (CDF) is a logistic function, the logistic distribution is sometimes referred to as the sech squared distribution, a reference to the fact its PDF can be realized as a constant multiple of the square of the hyperbolic secant (Sech) function. The zero-parameter form LogisticDistribution[] is equivalent to and is sometimes called the "standard" logistic distribution.
  • The logistic distribution was first investigated by French mathematician Pierre Verhulst in the 1830s and 1840s and was given its name in a 1929 paper by Reed and Berkson. While Verhulst's original interest was in the study of demographics and in the modeling of human populations, one of the main uses of the logistic distribution historically has been in statistics as a tool in so-called logistic regression. Even today, however, the logistic distribution is an often-utilized tool in survival analysis, where it is preferred over qualitatively similar distributions (e.g. the normal distribution (NormalDistribution)) when modeling systems whose failure rates increase over time due to its ability to fit data which is both left- and right-censored. Tools derived from and inspired by the logistic distribution are commonly used to represent tolerance data in various life sciences including zoology and physiology, and the distribution itself is used in mathematical finance to model the risk of various financial assets. The logistic distribution can also model a number of phenomena including the spread of disease, cell growth, and the spread of innovations.
  • RandomVariate can be used to give one or more machine- or arbitrary-precision (the latter via the WorkingPrecision option) pseudorandom variates from a logistic distribution. Distributed[x,LogisticDistribution[μ,β]] , written more concisely as , can be used to assert that a random variable x is distributed according to a logistic distribution. Such an assertion can then be used in functions such as Probability, NProbability, Expectation, and NExpectation.
  • The probability density and cumulative distribution functions for logistic distributions may be given using PDF[LogisticDistribution[μ,β] ,x] and CDF[LogisticDistribution[μ,β] ,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 logistic distribution, EstimatedDistribution to estimate a logistic parametric distribution from given data, and FindDistributionParameters to fit data to a logistic distribution. ProbabilityPlot can be used to generate a plot of the CDF of given data against the CDF of a symbolic logistic distribution and QuantilePlot to generate a plot of the quantiles of given data against the quantiles of a symbolic logistic distribution.
  • TransformedDistribution can be used to represent a transformed logistic 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 logistic distribution, and ProductDistribution can be used to compute a joint distribution with independent component distributions involving logistic distributions.
  • LogisticDistribution is related to a number of other distributions. LogisticDistribution can be realized as a transformation (TransformedDistribution) of both UniformDistribution and ExponentialDistribution, and can be obtained from various linear combinations of ExponentialDistribution, GumbelDistribution, and ExtremeValueDistribution. The logarithm of a random variate that follows LogLogisticDistribution is modeled by LogisticDistribution, and because of the connection of its PDF to hyperbolic secant, LogisticDistribution is also related to SechDistribution. LogisticDistribution is also related to GompertzMakehamDistribution, FrechetDistribution, ParetoDistribution, WeibullDistribution, MaxStableDistribution, and MinStableDistribution.
Introduced in 2007
| Updated in 2015
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