# Questions tagged [gamma-distribution]

A non-negative continuous probability distribution indexed by two strictly positive parameters.

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### When to use gamma GLMs?

The gamma distribution can take on a pretty wide range of shapes, and given the link between the mean and the variance through its two parameters, it seems suited to dealing with heteroskedasticity in ...
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### Choosing between LM and GLM for a log-transformed response variable

I'm trying to understand the philosophy behind using a Generalized Linear Model (GLM) vs a Linear Model (LM). I've created an example data set below where: $$\log(y) = x + \varepsilon$$ The ...
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### Which has the heavier tail, lognormal or gamma?

(This is based on a question that just came to me via email; I've added some context from a previous brief conversation with the same person.) Last year I was told that the gamma distribution is ...
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### Generic sum of Gamma random variables

I have read that the sum of Gamma random variables with the same scale parameter is another Gamma random variable. I've also seen the paper by Moschopoulos describing a method for the summation of a ...
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### Good methods for density plots of non-negative variables in R?

plot(density(rexp(100)) Obviously all density to the left of zero represents bias. I'm looking to summarize some data for non-statisticians, and I want to avoid ...
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### Gamma vs. lognormal distributions

I have an experimentally observed distribution that looks very similar to a gamma or lognormal distribution. I've read that the lognormal distribution is the maximum entropy probability distribution ...
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### Real-life examples of common distributions

I am a grad student developing an interest for statistics. I like the material over-all, but I sometimes have a hard time thinking about applications to real life. Specifically, my question is about ...
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### The relationship between the gamma distribution and the normal distribution

I recently found it necessary to derive a pdf for the square of a normal random variable with mean 0. For whatever reason, I chose not to normalise the variance beforehand. If I did this correctly ...
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### Construction of Dirichlet distribution with Gamma distribution

Let $X_1,\dots,X_{k+1}$ be mutually independent random variables, each having a gamma distribution with parameters $\alpha_i,i=1,2,\dots,k+1$ show that $Y_i=\frac{X_i}{X_1+\cdots+X_{k+1}},i=1,\dots,k$,...
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### How to interpret parameters in GLM with family=Gamma

I have a question regarding parameter interpretation for a GLM with a gamma distributed dependent variable. This is what R returns for my GLM with a log-link: ...
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### Estimating gamma distribution parameters using sample mean and std

I'm trying to estimate the parameters of a gamma distribution that fits best to my data sample. I only want to use the mean, std (and hence variance) from the data sample, not the actual values - ...
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### Sum of exponential random variables follows Gamma, confused by the parameters

I've learned sum of exponential random variables follows Gamma distribution. But everywhere I read the parametrization is different. For instance, Wiki describes the relationship, but don't say what ...
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### How to sample from $c^a d^{a-1} / \Gamma(a)$?

I want to sample according to a density $$f(a) \propto \frac{c^a d^{a-1}}{\Gamma(a)} 1_{(1,\infty)}(a)$$ where $c$ and $d$ are strictly positive. (Motivation: This could be useful for Gibbs ...
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### Which diagnostics can validate the use of a particular family of GLM?

This seems so elementary, but I always get stuck at this point… Most of the data I deal with are non-normal, and most of the analyses based on a GLM structure. For my current analysis, I have a ...
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### Using R for GLM with Gamma distribution

I currently have a problem understanding the syntax for R for fitting a GLM using the Gamma distribution. I have a set of data, where each row contains 3 co-variates ($X_1, X_2, X_3$), a response ...
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### Weibull Distribution v/s Gamma Distribution

What is the difference between the intuition behind Gamma and Weibull distributions? Is there any relationship between the two densities ? Kindly help.
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### What is the expected value of the logarithm of Gamma distribution?

If the expected value of $\mathsf{Gamma}(\alpha, \beta)$ is $\frac{\alpha}{\beta}$, what is the expected value of $\log(\mathsf{Gamma}(\alpha, \beta))$? Can it be calculated analytically? The ...
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### Skewness of the logarithm of a gamma random variable

Consider gamma random variable $X\sim\Gamma(\alpha, \theta)$. There are neat formulas for the mean, variance, and skewness: \begin{align} \mathbb E[X]&=\alpha\theta\\ \operatorname{Var}[X]&=\...
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### Poisson is to exponential as Gamma-Poisson is to what?

A Poisson distribution can measure events per unit time, and the parameter is $\lambda$. The exponential distribution measures the time until next event, with the parameter $\frac{1}{\lambda}$. One ...