Probability distributions > Beta prime distribution
The Beta Prime Distribution is a continuous probability distribution defined on the interval [0, ∞). The distribution has fat tails which decrease polynomially. In Bayesian statistics, the distribution is a conjugate family of prior distributions on the odds parameter of the binomial distribution.
The distribution has many other names, including: beta type II, compound gamma, gamma ratio, inverse (or inverted) beta, Pearson type VI, and variance ratio. The relationship between the beta distribution and beta prime is as follows: If a random variable Z is from a beta distribution, the X = Z-1 – 1 is from the beta prime distribution .
The standardized probability density function for the beta prime distribution is
shape parameters and Β(α, β) is the beta function. Some definitions do include a scale parameter, λ, but this is not common; Most definitions are defined for λ = 1 .
The cumulative distribution function is: F(x) = Ix/(1+x)(α, β).
Special Cases of the Generalized Beta Prime Distribution
The beta prime distribution has many special cases, overlapping with some families of probability distributions. For example, the power function distribution is a special case of the beta prime distribution when Β is negative. Other notable special cases include :
- Burr distribution,
- Dagum distribution,
- Log-logistic distribution,
- Lomax distribution,
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