[SciPy-user] stats.gaussian_kde prevent oversmoothing

josef.pktd@gmai... josef.pktd@gmai...
Sun Jan 4 00:05:25 CST 2009

On Sun, Jan 4, 2009 at 12:05 AM, Robert Kern <robert.kern@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 23:00,  <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I was working on an example for stats.gaussian_kde.
>> In one example I have a 1 dimensional mixture of normal distribution,
>> and the estimated distribution stats.gaussian_kde is too smooth, the
>> peaks are to small compared to the original distribution.
>> What's the easiest way to reduce the bandwidth for stats.gaussian_kde?
>> I didn't find any direct option. Is subclassing the only way?
> Currently, yes. Feel free to enhance the code to allow for more flexibility.


I tried some quick monkey patching and it works, e.g.

    def covariance_factor(self):
        return 0.1
    gkde=stats.gaussian_kde(xn) #get kde for original sample

    setattr(gkde, 'covariance_factor', covariance_factor.__get__(gkde,

and then call gkde.evaluate

The automatic covariance_factor was at around 0.25 in the example.
After setting it to 0.1, the kde gets both peaks of the mixture

After some googling, I found a discussion from the mailinglist

Currently, I was just trying to find out how the different functions
and classes in scipy.stats work.


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