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HypoexponentialDistribution[{λ_{1},…,λ_{m}}]

represents an m-phase hypoexponential distribution with rates , , .

## DetailsDetails

- HypoexponentialDistribution is also known as a sequential m-phase exponential distribution.
- An m-phase hypoexponential distribution can be interpreted as having m servers in series where the i server has service rate .
- The probability density for value and distinct rates is a linear combination of exponentials for and zero for .
- HypoexponentialDistribution[{λ
_{1},…,λ_{m}}] is equivalent to TransformedDistribution[x_{1}+⋯+x_{m},…] with each from ExponentialDistribution[λ_{i}]. - HypoexponentialDistribution allows to be any positive real numbers.
- HypoexponentialDistribution allows to be any quantities of the same unit dimensions. »
- HypoexponentialDistribution can be used with such functions as Mean, CDF, and RandomVariate.

## Background & ContextBackground & Context

- HypoexponentialDistribution[{λ
_{1},…,λ_{m}}] represents a continuous statistical distribution defined over the interval , parameterized by a vector , and known as an -phase hypoexponential distribution. The parameters are positive real values called "phase rates" and determine the overall shape of the probability density function (PDF), which in general is unimodal and has tails that are "thin" in the sense that the PDF decreases exponentially rather than decreasing algebraically for large values of . (This behavior can be made quantitatively precise by analyzing the SurvivalFunction of the distribution.) Random variables X satisfying are said to have a hypoexponential distribution of order , and the hypoexponential distribution is sometimes referred to as the generalized Erlang distribution. - Named because its coefficient of variation (the ratio of StandardDeviation to Mean) is always smaller than 1 (which is the coefficient of variation for any exponential distribution), the hypoexponential distribution is an example of a mixture distribution (MixtureDistribution) and is often thought of as a generalization of ExponentialDistribution in the sense that its PDF models the distribution of a sum of exponentially distributed random variables. Because it has thin tails, the hypoexponential distribution is commonly used to study queueing systems. The hypoexponential distribution has also been used in the study of population genetics, manufacturing systems, reliability theory, and parallel computing.
- RandomVariate can be used to give one or more machine- or arbitrary-precision (the latter via the WorkingPrecision option) pseudorandom variates from a hypoexponential distribution. Distributed[x,HypoexponentialDistribution[{λ
_{1},…,λ_{m}}] ], written more concisely as , can be used to assert that a random variable x is distributed according to a hypoexponential distribution. Such an assertion can then be used in functions such as Probability, NProbability, Expectation, and NExpectation. - The probability density and cumulative distribution functions may be given using PDF[HypoexponentialDistribution[{λ
_{1},…,λ_{m}}] ,x] and CDF[HypoexponentialDistribution[{λ_{1},…,λ_{m}}] ,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 hypoexponential distribution, EstimatedDistribution to estimate a hypoexponential parametric distribution from given data, and FindDistributionParameters to fit data to a hypoexponential distribution. ProbabilityPlot can be used to generate a plot of the CDF of given data against the CDF of a symbolic hypoexponential distribution, and QuantilePlot to generate a plot of the quantiles of given data against the quantiles of a symbolic hypoexponential distribution.
- TransformedDistribution can be used to represent a transformed hypoexponential 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 hypoexponential distribution, and ProductDistribution can be used to compute a joint distribution with independent component distributions involving hypoexponential distributions.
- The hypoexponential distribution is related to a number of other distributions. HypoexponentialDistribution is an obvious generalization of ExponentialDistribution in that the PDF of HypoexponentialDistribution[{λ
_{1},…,λ_{m}}] is precisely that of TransformedDistribution[x_{1}+⋯+x_{m},{x_{1}ExponentialDistribution[λ_{1}],…,x_{m}ExponentialDistribution[λ_{m}]}], and an exponential distribution ExponentialDistribution[λ] can be viewed as a single-phase hypoexponential HypoexponentialDistribution[λ]. HypoexponentialDistribution has GammaDistribution and ErlangDistribution as special cases, is generalized by CoxianDistribution, and can be transformed into HyperexponentialDistribution (and vice versa). HypoexponentialDistribution can also be obtained from LaplaceDistribution, BenktanderWeibullDistribution, LogisticDistribution, ParetoDistribution, PearsonDistribution, PowerDistribution, and RayleighDistribution by composing transformations of ExponentialDistribution with TransformedDistribution and/or TruncatedDistribution, and is related to ExtremeValueDistribution, GumbelDistribution, FrechetDistribution, and WeibullDistribution, among others.

Introduced in 2012

(9.0)

| Updated in 2016 (10.4)