The Gamma Poisson distribution (GaP) is a mixture model with two positive parameters, α and β.
This hierarchical distribution is used to model a variety of data including failure rates, RNA-Sequencing data  and random distribution of micro-organisms in a food matrix . When a Gamma distribution doesn’t fit data because the overall distribution from multiple samples is too spread out (i.e., the variance is greater than the mean), the Gamma Poisson may be a good fit.
Gamma Poisson Distribution PDF
Connection to the Negative Binomial Distribution
The negative binomial distribution can arise from a gamma mixture of Poisson distributions. Specifically, this can happen when the density distribution across sample plots follows a gamma distribution with scale dependent parameters and a constant mean . It is perhaps for this reason that the GaP process is sometimes called the negative binomial process  although it is more technically a form of the negative binomial rather than its equivalent .
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