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# PearsonDistribution

PearsonDistribution[a_{1},a_{0},b_{2},b_{1},b_{0}]

represents a distribution of the Pearson family with parameters , , , , and .

PearsonDistribution[type,a_{1},a_{0},b_{2},b_{1},b_{0}]

represents a Pearson distribution of given type.

## DetailsDetails

- The probability density satisfies the differential equation .
- The Pearson family of distribution is historically divided into seven types. By giving the form PearsonDistribution[type,…], the type will implicitly provide domain and parameter constraints.
- PearsonDistribution[1,…] is a shifted and rescaled BetaDistribution.
- PearsonDistribution[2,…] is a symmetric shifted and rescaled BetaDistribution.
- PearsonDistribution[3,…] includes NormalDistribution and GammaDistribution.
- PearsonDistribution[4,…] is not related to standard distributions.
- PearsonDistribution[5,…] is a shifted InverseGammaDistribution.
- PearsonDistribution[6,…] is a shifted and rescaled FRatioDistribution.
- PearsonDistribution[7,…] is a shifted and rescaled StudentTDistribution.
- With symbolic parameters and no type argument, the first type whose parameter assumptions are not explicitly violated is assumed. Types are tried in the order: 4, 1, 6, 3, 5, 2, and 7.
- The parameter assumptions can be obtained from DistributionParameterAssumptions.
- PearsonDistribution can be used with such functions as Mean, CDF, and RandomVariate.

## Background & ContextBackground & Context

- PearsonDistribution represents a statistical distribution belonging to one of seven types as determined by argument structure. Pearson distributions originate with English mathematician Karl Pearson, who devised them in order to model distributions that are visibly skewed.
- The overall shape of the probability distribution function (PDF) of a Pearson distribution varies significantly based on its arguments. For example, the PDF of type I Pearson distributions may be either monotonic increasing, monotonic decreasing, or may have a single "peak" (i.e. a global maximum), whereas the PDF of type IV Pearson distributions always has a single peak and looks similar to skewed, asymmetric Gaussian distributions. In addition, the PDFs of various types of PearsonDistribution may be defined and supported over different types of intervals (for example, the domain of a type I Pearson is a bounded, finite-length interval, whereas the domain of a type IV is all of ), and the tails of the PDF may be "fat" (i.e. the PDF decreases non-exponentially for large values ) or "thin" (i.e. the PDF decreases exponentially for large ), depending on the type. (This behavior can be made quantitatively precise by analyzing the SurvivalFunction of the distribution.)
- Pearson type IV is commonly used to fit distributions obtained from data or from Monte Carlo simulations, whereas the other Pearson families are intended to approximate unimodal distributions that are modeled well by type IV but not by other more "standard" distributions. Many distributions are described by (or are limiting values and/or special cases of) families of Pearson distributions, meaning Pearson distributions are extremely general in the types of phenomena they may model. For example, certain types of Pearson distributions play fundamental roles in describing disease transmission behavior, properties of Wiener processes, fundamental concepts in Bayesian statistics, the size of insurance claims, and bacterial gene expression.
- RandomVariate can be used to give one or more machine- or arbitrary-precision (the latter via the WorkingPrecision option) pseudorandom variates from a Pearson distribution. Distributed[x,PearsonDistribution[type,a
_{1},a_{0},b_{2},b_{1},b_{0}]], written more concisely as , can be used to assert that a random variable x is distributed according to a Pearson distribution of a given type. Such an assertion can then be used in functions such as Probability, NProbability, Expectation, and NExpectation. - The probability distribution and cumulative density functions for Pearson distributions of a given type may be given using PDF[PearsonDistribution[type,a
_{1},a_{0},b_{2},b_{1},b_{0}],x] and CDF[PearsonDistribution[type,a_{1},a_{0},b_{2},b_{1},b_{0}],x]. Pearson distributions are special in the sense that their PDF satisfies a first-order differential equation involving a simple rational function of the form . The mean, median, variance, raw moments, and central moments may be computed using Mean, Median, Variance, Moment, and CentralMoment, respectively. When a Pearson distribution is finite, its first four moments uniquely determine it. - DistributionFitTest can be used to test if a given dataset is consistent with a Pearson distribution, EstimatedDistribution to estimate a Pearson parametric distribution from given data, and FindDistributionParameters to fit data to a Pearson distribution. ProbabilityPlot can be used to generate a plot of the CDF of given data against the CDF of a symbolic Pearson distribution and QuantilePlot to generate a plot of the quantiles of given data against the quantiles of a symbolic Pearson distribution.
- TransformedDistribution can be used to represent a transformed Pearson 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 Pearson distribution, and ProductDistribution can be used to compute a joint distribution with independent component distributions involving Pearson distributions.
- PearsonDistribution is closely related to a number of other distributions. For example, types I and II Pearson distributions are shifted and rescaled versions of BetaDistribution, type III generalizes both NormalDistribution and GammaDistribution, type V is a shifted version of InverseGammaDistribution, and types VI and VII are shifted and rescaled versions of FRatioDistribution and StudentTDistribution, respectively. Though type IV Pearson distributions are unrelated to other standard distributions in this usual sense, they have PDFs that appear to be asymmetric versions of StudentTDistribution. Furthermore, for certain argument values, type IV Pearson distributions become generalizations of CauchyDistribution. PearsonDistribution is also closely related to ArcSinDistribution, BetaPrimeDistribution, PowerDistribution, ParetoDistribution, LevyDistribution, InverseChiSquareDistribution, HotellingTSquareDistribution, HalfNormalDistribution, and ErlangDistribution.

Introduced in 2010

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