Standard Power Distribution
The distribution isn’t found very often in the literature, possibly because it isn’t a realistic model for real-world applications. One application is in random number generation, where random samples are drawn from the function .
The standard U-power distribution is a U-shaped, continuous probability distribution with one shape parameter k &isin ℕ. The distribution, which is defined on the interval [-1, 1] is based on a family of power functions which take on the distinctive u-shape .
The U-power distribution has the probability density function:
In general, the PDF is monotone increasing with a global maximum occurring at the upper boundary of the domain (x = 1 for the standard distribution). The shape parameter controls the overall shape, including height, spread, and location of its maximum point.
When k = 1 (graphed in red in the above image), the distribution is called the U-quadratic distribution. When k = 0, the distribution reduces to the uniform distribution, which is not u-shaped.
The distribution function has a few notable properties:
- Symmetry about x = 0,
- Concave up (i.e,. a right-side-up-U),
- Modes at x = ±1,
- Decreasing for x < 0 and increasing for x>0.
- Minimum at x = 0.
Related article: Exponential Power Distribution.
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 Siegrist, K. 5.26: The U Power distribution. Retrieved December 31, 2021 from: https://stats.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Probability_Theory/Probability_Mathematical_Statistics_and_Stochastic_Processes_(Siegrist)/05%3A_Special_Distributions/5.26%3A_The_U-Power_Distribution
Stephanie Glen. "Standard Power Distribution & U Power Distribution" From StatisticsHowTo.com: Elementary Statistics for the rest of us! https://www.statisticshowto.com/standard-power-distribution-u-power-distribution/
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