# Questions tagged [skellam]

The Skellam distribution is a discrete distribution that describes the difference between two independent Poisson distributions with possibly different parameters.

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### What probability distribution would be suitable for modelling scores in a basketball match?

In football (not American football but what Americans call soccer), it is pretty clear: we may consider the difference of two independent Poisson variables. In basketball, in theory, we could increase ...
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### What is the expectation of the absolute value of the Skellam distribution?

In particular, for a Skellam distribution obtained by substracting two iid Poisson Processes. Thank you!
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### Estimator of Bessel function?

I am trying to estimate the parameters of the modified Bessel function of the first kind for integer order case. $I_n(wt) = \sum\limits_{m=0}^\infty \frac{1}{m!(m+n)!}(\frac{wt}{2})^{2m+n}$ In ...
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### Is the absolute value of the difference between two Poisson distributions a Poisson distribution?

What is the distribution of the absolute value of the Skellam distribution?
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### How to compare rates of occurence in consecutive time series count data?

My data consists of occurrences of words in time windows. E.g.: Day; Word; Frequency 1; "dog"; 45 1; "cat"; 2 ... 2; "dog"; 90 2; "cat"; 4 ... I would like to ...
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### The difference between discrete and continuous variables

Is the number of hydrogen bonds or the number of rings in a molecule a discrete or a continuous variable ? Can I say that the number of rings: 1, 3, 4, $\dots$ is a continuous variable because in ...
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### Poisson processes

I have two realizations of a poisson stochastic process, they are over the same space with rate $\lambda_{1}$ and $\lambda_{2}$. What is the probability that N elements in both sequences are the same, ...
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### How to calculate cumulative Poisson probabilities without adding each one if no. of outcomes is large and hence, adding (without excel) is difficult?

One can calculate the probability of a correct score of a football match by Poisson(Number of Team1 goals, Mean average Team1 goals) x Poisson(Number of Team2 goals, Mean average Team2 goals) So for ...
I want to estimate the parameter $\mu$ using the difference between two Poisson distributions with the same parameter, i.e. a Skellam distribution with $\mu_1=\mu_2 = \mu$. I can calculate the ...