I read here that given a sample $ X_1,X_2,...,X_n $ from a continuous distribution with cdf $ F_X $, the sample corresponding to $ U_i = F_X(X_i) $ follows a standard uniform distribution.
I have verified this using qualitative simulations in Python, and I was easily able to verify the relationship.
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt import scipy.stats xs = scipy.stats.norm.rvs(5, 2, 10000) fig, axes = plt.subplots(1, 2, figsize=(9, 3)) axes.hist(xs, bins=50) axes.set_title("Samples") axes.hist( scipy.stats.norm.cdf(xs, 5, 2), bins=50 ) axes.set_title("CDF(samples)")
Resulting in the following plot:
I am unable to grasp why this happens. I assume it has to do with the definition of the CDF and it's relationship to the PDF, but I am missing something...
I would appreciate it if someone could point me to some reading on the subject or help me get some intuition on the subject.
EDIT: The CDF looks like this: