# Questions tagged [compound-distributions]

When a random variable is distributed according to some parameterized distribution, where the parameter itself is a random variable. Also known as a "mixture" distribution, but the term "mixture" also has other senses in statistics.

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### Estimate partially observed Poisson process

I try to estimate the intensity of a Poisson process $P_1$, but it is not fully observable. There are some "obervers" coming to the system which follow another Poisson process $P_2$. In ...
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### Is this estimator biased or unbiased?

A random variable X constructed as follows: $$X = \sum_{i=1}^{N} Z_i \$$ where $N$~Poisson$(\lambda)$ with $\lambda > 0,\space$ and$\space$ {${{Z_i}}$}$^N_{i=1}$ is an independent and identically ...
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### Fraction below threshold across a population with individual variation, i.e. thinking about food

For an individual, a parameter is known to follow a lognormal distribution:  $log(x_i) \sim Normal(\mu_i, \sigma_i)$ For a population, $\mu$ and $\sigma$ are known to follow a bivariate lognormal ...
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### Mean and variance and special distribution of events

A hospital Accident and Emergency (A&E) department receives an average of 6 ambulances an hour. It can process patients in 30 minutes, but if it receives more than five patients in 30 minutes, ...
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### When can a finite mixture of distributions drawn from a distributional family be well-described by a distribution from the same family?

This question is motivated by a situation that we frequently encounter in economic variables. We believe that the overall distribution of some variable is well approximated by a particular ...
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### Binomial distribution for randomly drawn probabilities

Setting Probability theory can be a weird place sometimes. Here I was, confident in my insane math skills, trying to solve the following problem: Let $N, \alpha$ and $\beta$ be given. ...
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### Compendium or catalog of compound distributions?

Does anyone know of a good compendium or catalog of compound distributions, or finite mixture representations of those distributions? I am trying to find out to what extent the common multi-...
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### Binomial distribution where probability of success is dependent on another binomial distribution

How does one model the Binomial distribution where the probability of success is the result of another Binomial distribution. For example, say I make 10 coin tosses many times and record the number ...