[SciPy-user] scipy.stats.lognorm

Robert Kern robert.kern@gmail....
Fri Sep 28 02:22:24 CDT 2007

Manu Hack wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have a quick question on scipy.stats.lognorm.  From the manual it said:
>     Lognormal distribution
>     lognorm.pdf(x,s) = 1/(s*x*sqrt(2*pi)) * exp(-1/2*(log(x)/s)**2)
>     for x > 0, s > 0.
> At the same time there are loc and scale to control the shape of the
> distribution. 

Yes, they are omitted from the docstring because they behave in exactly the same
way for all distributions. Replace x with (x-loc)/scale if you want to be explicit.

> So it's like there are 3 parameters to control the
> shape of the distribution (but 2 should be enough to specify one).
> In fact, if we look at R, the function dlnorm, plnorm, etc.  are
> simple and just did the job. 

Ours is more general than R's, albeit in a somewhat unconventional way.
Conventionally, log-normal distributions are only defined on the positive real
line, and there is no location parameter. We extend this to the full real line
and add a location parameter to shift it. If you don't want it, don't use it.

> And after searching and trying different
> parameters and compare with R's function, I still couldn't figure out
> how to use scipy.stats.lognorm.  So am I missing anything there?

The scale parameter here corresponds to the exponential of the mean of the
Gaussian in log-space (exp(meanlog) in the terms of the dlnorm documentation).

Robert Kern

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