# Questions tagged [discrete-data]

Refers to data generated from a distribution that has a countable sample space. Discrete data may be nominal (e.g. the distribution of race in a sample of individuals) or ordinal (e.g. the number of errors on a page of text).

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### Dropping one of the columns when using one-hot encoding

My understanding is that in machine learning it can be a problem if your dataset has highly correlated features, as they effectively encode the same information. Recently someone pointed out that ...
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### What is the difference between discrete data and continuous data?

What is the difference between discrete data and continuous data?
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### Is Kolmogorov-Smirnov test valid with discrete distributions?

I'm comparing a sample and checking whether it distributes as some, discrete, distribution. However, I'm not enterily sure that Kolmogorov-Smirnov applies. Wikipedia seems to imply it does not. If it ...
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### Discrete functions: Confidence interval coverage?

How to calculate discrete interval coverage? What I know how to do: If I had a continuous model, I could define a 95% confidence interval for each of my predicted values, and then see how often the ...
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### Determining an optimal discretization of data from a continuous distribution

Suppose you have a data set $Y_{1}, ..., Y_{n}$ from a continuous distribution with density $p(y)$ supported on $[0,1]$ that is not known, but $n$ is pretty large so a kernel density (for example) ...
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### Explanation of the different variable types in statistics?

One thing that has always tripped me up when trying to learn new methods in statistics is understanding what type of features/variables can this method be applied to. The variable types that ...
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### Predicting with both continuous and categorical features

Some predictive modeling techniques are more designed for handling continuous predictors, while others are better for handling categorical or discrete variables. Of course there exist techniques to ...
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### Kolmogorov-Smirnov with discrete data: What is proper use of dgof::ks.test in R?

Beginner questions: I want to test whether two discrete data sets come from the same distribution. A Kolmogorov-Smirnov test was suggested to me. Conover (Practical Nonparametric Statistics, 3d) ...
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### Discrete choice model

I have a ordinal probit model. The dependent variable, say walkability, is a Likert scale variable (1,2,3). The main independent variable, say connectivity, is also a Likert scale variable (1,2,3). ...
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### Dependent Bernoulli trials

The probability of a sequence of n independent Bernoulli trials can be easily expressed as $$p(x_1,...,x_n|p_1,...,p_n)=\prod_{i=1}^np_i^{x_i}(1-p_i)^{1-x_i}$$ but what if the trials are not ...
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### Different Types of Data

According to my Elementary statistics for Business and Economics text book revised Edition 2012 . Under a section concerning the Different types of Data . This text book says that under Quantitative ...
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### Clustering a dataset with both discrete and continuous variables

I have a dataset X which has 10 dimensions, 4 of which are discrete values. In fact, those 4 discrete variables are ordinal, i.e. a higher value implies a higher/better semantic. 2 of these discrete ...
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### Optimal Binning with respect to a given response variable

I'm looking for optimal binning method (discretization) of a continuous variable with respect to a given response (target) binary variable and with maximum number of intervals as a parameter. example:...
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### Problem in discrete valued time series forecasting

I have a temporally ordered discrete valued data. The only possible states for the data are: {1,2,3,4,5,6}. So the series is something like {1,2,3,5,6,4,3,5,2,......} I want to forecast the next value ...
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### Properties of a discrete random variable

My stats course just taught me that a discrete random variable has a finite number of options ... I hadn't realized that. I would have thought, like a set of integers, it could be infinite. Googling ...
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### Expected value for discrete (nominal) variable?

I'm trying to understand the concept of the expected value. Especially, what bothers me is the expected value for discrete random variables. I will try to formulate it by examples: The expected value ...
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### Power-law fitting and testing

I want to test the distribution that best fit a specific metric (that I call SD) extracted from the source code of systems. I have a guess that they follow a power-law behavior. My sample: 20 systems ...
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### Multinomial choice with binary observations

Is there a standard name for a multinomial choice model where the observations are in the form of binary questions such as "do you prefer A to B" and "do you prefer B to D"? This seems like a common ...
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### Is there a common underdispersed discrete distribution with unbounded support for general mean and variance?

I have a mean $\mu$ and a variance $\sigma^2$ with underdispersion, i.e., $\sigma^2<\mu$. Is there a standard discrete distribution with these moments and unbounded-on-the-right support, i.e., ...
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### Combining Bhattacharya Distance (or A Measure of Similarity) — across Different Variables (Properties)

We have a series of observations of different properties (such as heart rate or blood sugar level and others as well) across different days from different people from different geographical regions. ...
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### Cumulative Distribution Function Inequality (Discrete Distributions)

Let a discrete Random Variable $T$ have CDF $F_T(T)$. Could you please help me understand why $$P \left[ F_T (T) \leq a_1 \right] \leq a_1$$ I know that the result holds with equality for the ...
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### Test identicality of discrete distributions

Is there a standard way to test whether two vectors were drawn with the same discrete distribution in R? Something like a Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, but for discrete distributions. I think two-sample ...
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### Is my random variable discrete or continuous?

Suppose I have a discrete set of (finite) data (values are only positive integers) (which always remains discrete whenever the observation/survey is taken), divided into some identical categories . ...
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### Gibbs sampling and mixed distribution

For a project, I need to simulate from a joint distribution with both continuous and discrete variables that are dependent. The conditional distribution of any variable given the rest is known. I ...
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### ELI5: What is a Discrete Distribution with finite support?

A list of discrete event distributions are labeled as either with or without finite support. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_probability_distributions#Discrete_distributions What does it mean ...
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### Using counts of a continuous random variable to establish an unknown probability density function

The precision of a given measuring device defines a window over the probability density function of whatever is being measured. For instance, if a measuring tape is precise to 0.1 inches, then the ...
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### How to fit a discrete distribution to count data?

I have the following histogram of count data. And I would like to fit a discrete distribution to it. I am not sure how I should go about this. Should I first superimpose a discrete distribution, say ...
I need a formula for the probability of an event in a n-variate Bernoulli distribution $X\in\{0,1\}^n$ with given $P(X_i=1)=p_i$ probabilities for a single element and for pairs of elements $P(X_i=1 \... 4answers 34k views ### What are the variance and standard deviation for a standard six-sided die? I'm having trouble imagining what variance and deviation mean with a series of die rolls. That is, a fair die will fall with a flat distribution on all its values 1-6. Does the concept of variance ... 3answers 3k views ### Implementing a discrete analogue to Gaussian function [closed] Given a Gaussian function of the form $$g(x) = ae^{-(x-b)^2/(2c^2)}$$ I am interested in a discrete analogue to this, which deals with the case where$x$is discrete. As I understand there are two ... 1answer 2k views ### Complete sufficient statistic I've recently started studying statistical inference. I've been working through various problems and this one has me completely stumped. Let$X_1,\dots,X_n$be a random sample from a discrete ... 2answers 1k views ### Notation for possible values of a random variable Let$X$be a discrete random variable that can take the values$1, 2, \textrm{and}\ 3$. What is the conventional way to write this mathematically? Is it just$X\in\{1,2,3\}$or should I somehow write ... 1answer 3k views ### How best to normalize count data to compare two distributions Say I have a vector of length 1000. At each position (1 ... 1000) there is a count. I have two vectors with different range of counts such that in vector A the maximum number of counts at a position ... 1answer 1k views ### Discrete Time Survival Analysis - Correct Way to Write Survival Function I have seen several ways to write (and calculate and interpret) a survivor function in discrete time survival analysis and I wonder which is correct or if they both are, but the interpretation and/or ... 1answer 181 views ### how to analyze overdispersed binary data In my substantive research, I often use dichotomous scoring (1 correct, 0 wrong) for my tests (tests with$15~yes/no$items). My goal is often to compare the the proportion of correct answers to all ... 1answer 4k views ### Basic questions about discrete time survival analysis I am attempting to carry out a discrete time survival analysis using a logistic regression model, and I'm not sure I completely understand the process. I would greatly appreciate assistance with a ... 1answer 466 views ### Appropriate tests on discrete and paired data I am going back and forth on which tests to do. I have two paired variables, that are both positive integers (0,1,2,3...etc).$n = 559$. The variables represent the error resulting from two different ... 1answer 4k views ### Discrete analog of CDF: “cumulative mass function”? We call the integral of a probability density function (PDF) a cumulative distribution function (CDF). But what's the cumulative sum of a probability mass function (PMF) called? I've never heard the ... 0answers 1k views ### What PDF should be fit to a rank histogram? [closed] A Rank Histogram (or Talagrand Diagram) is a neat way of measuring whether your numerical model is giving appropriate variance. It's used for weather and climate forcasting, where you only have one ... 2answers 594 views ### Can the discrete variable be a negative number? I read in a book "An Introduction to Statistical Concepts [3 ed.] p.8): A numerical variable is a quantitative variable. Numerical variables can further be classified as either discrete or ... 1answer 815 views ### Analysis of discrete (count) time-series data I have a 2X2 factorial experiment where I am interested in seeing the effect of two different nutrient solutions (N and W) on the appearance of root tips of two different plant species (A and B). I ... 2answers 1k views ### How to decide on the MLE when pmf is 0? Suppose you have$\theta=\{1,2\}$and the sample of (0,1,2) with the task of finding MLE: \begin{array} {|c|c|c|} \hline x & p(x|\theta=1) & p(x|\theta=2) \\ \hline 0 & 1/2 & 1/4 \\ \... 2answers 540 views ### Generate random number from a specific probability mass in R How can I generate sample from a distribution with probability mass$P(X=x)$in R? I know that probability mass, but it is not from a known distribution, also it is not linear, instead it has a ... 1answer 312 views ### Equivalent to K-S test on discrete data with uneven quantization I have some data resulting from a simulation that consists of several groups, each containing a single real datapoint and a variable number of matched controls. I take the rank of each real value ... 0answers 3k views ### How to model categorical (discrete-valued) time series? Just want to make a little survey, What are, according to you, the best approach to model categorical time series? I'm building a model able to generate time series reproduicing the characteristics ... 1answer 42 views ### Variance (maybe?) of categorical data I don't really know the correct terminology to ask this question well. I have categorical data with counts and I want a measure of how "diverse" or "spread out" the data is. Variance comes to mind, ... 2answers 127 views ### Assessing predictive validity of choice models I am trying to assess predictive validity of a discrete choice model. When with a testing set consisting of 6 choices in each set, it has the hit ratio of 33% (i.e., 33% of the time it correctly ... 1answer 362 views ### Exploring the relationships between discrete and categorical data When you want to test the relationship (correlation) between two continuous variables, the main methods are easily learnt and very well documented. Scatterplots with regression lines, pearsons ... 1answer 113 views ### Combining Forecasts for Discrete Outcomes Suppose you have$n$forecasts for an event which can have discrete outcomes, for example$X$,$Y$and$Z$. Let forecast$i$give the probabilty of each event occuring as$x_i$,$y_i$and$z_i$($x_i+...
This question is related to but is distinct from Estimation of probability mass function using finite samples. As in the related question, suppose we have a discrete random variable $X$ with known ...