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#include <boost/math/distributions/geometric.hpp>
namespace boost{ namespace math{ template <class RealType = double, class Policy = policies::policy<> > class geometric_distribution; typedef geometric_distribution<> geometric; template <class RealType, class Policy> class geometric_distribution { public: typedef RealType value_type; typedef Policy policy_type; // Constructor from success_fraction: geometric_distribution(RealType p); // Parameter accessors: RealType success_fraction() const; RealType successes() const; // Bounds on success fraction: static RealType find_lower_bound_on_p( RealType trials, RealType successes, RealType probability); // alpha static RealType find_upper_bound_on_p( RealType trials, RealType successes, RealType probability); // alpha // Estimate min/max number of trials: static RealType find_minimum_number_of_trials( RealType k, // Number of failures. RealType p, // Success fraction. RealType probability); // Probability threshold alpha. static RealType find_maximum_number_of_trials( RealType k, // Number of failures. RealType p, // Success fraction. RealType probability); // Probability threshold alpha. }; }} // namespaces
The class type geometric_distribution
represents a geometric
distribution: it is used when there are exactly two mutually
exclusive outcomes of a Bernoulli
trial: these outcomes are labelled "success" and "failure".
For Bernoulli trials each with success fraction p, the geometric distribution gives the probability of observing k trials (failures, events, occurrences, or arrivals) before the first success.
Note  

For this implementation, the set of trials includes zero (unlike another definition where the set of trials starts at one, sometimes named shifted). 
The geometric distribution assumes that success_fraction p is fixed for all k trials.
The probability that there are k failures before the first success is
Pr(Y=k) = (1p)^{k}p
For example, when throwing a 6face dice the success probability p = 1/6 = 0.1666 ̇ . Throwing repeatedly until a three appears, the probability distribution of the number of times notathree is thrown is geometric.
Geometric distribution has the Probability Density Function PDF:
(1p)^{k}p
The following graph illustrates how the PDF and CDF vary for three examples of the success fraction p, (when considering the geometric distribution as a continuous function),
and as discrete.
The geometric distribution is a special case of the Negative
Binomial Distribution with successes parameter r
= 1, so only one first and only success is required : thus by definition
geometric(p) == negative_binomial(1,
p)
negative_binomial_distribution(RealType r, RealType success_fraction); negative_binomial nb(1, success_fraction); geometric g(success_fraction); ASSERT(pdf(nb, 1) == pdf(g, 1));
This implementation uses real numbers for the computation throughout (because it uses the realvalued power and exponential functions). So to obtain a conventional strictlydiscrete geometric distribution you must ensure that an integer value is provided for the number of trials (random variable) k, and take integer values (floor or ceil functions) from functions that return a number of successes.
Caution  

The geometric distribution is a discrete distribution: internally,
functions like the The quantile function will by default return an integer result that has been rounded outwards. That is to say lower quantiles (where the probability is less than 0.5) are rounded downward, and upper quantiles (where the probability is greater than 0.5) are rounded upwards. This behaviour ensures that if an X% quantile is requested, then at least the requested coverage will be present in the central region, and no more than the requested coverage will be present in the tails. This behaviour can be changed so that the quantile functions are rounded differently, or even return a realvalued result using Policies. It is strongly recommended that you read the tutorial Understanding Quantiles of Discrete Distributions before using the quantile function on the geometric distribution. The reference docs describe how to change the rounding policy for these distributions. 
geometric_distribution(RealType p);
Constructor: p or success_fraction is the probability of success of a single trial.
Requires: 0 <=
p <=
1
.
RealType success_fraction() const; // successes / trials (0 <= p <= 1)
Returns the success_fraction parameter p from which this distribution was constructed.
RealType successes() const; // required successes always one, // included for compatibility with negative binomial distribution // with successes r == 1.
Returns unity.
The following functions are equivalent to those provided for the negative binomial, with successes = 1, but are provided here for completeness.
The best method of calculation for the following functions is disputed: see Binomial Distribution and Negative Binomial Distribution for more discussion.
static RealType find_lower_bound_on_p( RealType failures, RealType probability) // (0 <= alpha <= 1), 0.05 equivalent to 95% confidence.
Returns a lower bound on the success fraction:
The total number of failures before the 1st success.
The largest acceptable probability that the true value of the success fraction is less than the value returned.
For example, if you observe k failures from n trials the best estimate for the success fraction is simply 1/n, but if you want to be 95% sure that the true value is greater than some value, p_{min}, then:
p_{min} = geometric_distribution<RealType>:: find_lower_bound_on_p(failures, 0.05);
See negative_binomial confidence interval example.
This function uses the ClopperPearson method of computing the lower bound on the success fraction, whilst many texts refer to this method as giving an "exact" result in practice it produces an interval that guarantees at least the coverage required, and may produce pessimistic estimates for some combinations of failures and successes. See:
static RealType find_upper_bound_on_p( RealType trials, RealType alpha); // (0 <= alpha <= 1), 0.05 equivalent to 95% confidence.
Returns an upper bound on the success fraction:
The total number of trials conducted.
The largest acceptable probability that the true value of the success fraction is greater than the value returned.
For example, if you observe k successes from n trials the best estimate for the success fraction is simply k/n, but if you want to be 95% sure that the true value is less than some value, p_{max}, then:
p_{max} = geometric_distribution<RealType>::find_upper_bound_on_p( k, 0.05);
See negative binomial confidence interval example.
This function uses the ClopperPearson method of computing the lower bound on the success fraction, whilst many texts refer to this method as giving an "exact" result in practice it produces an interval that guarantees at least the coverage required, and may produce pessimistic estimates for some combinations of failures and successes. See:
static RealType find_minimum_number_of_trials( RealType k, // number of failures. RealType p, // success fraction. RealType alpha); // probability threshold (0.05 equivalent to 95%).
This functions estimates the number of trials required to achieve a certain probability that more than k failures will be observed.
The target number of failures to be observed.
The probability of success for each trial.
The maximum acceptable risk that only k failures or fewer will be observed.
For example:
geometric_distribution<RealType>::find_minimum_number_of_trials(10, 0.5, 0.05);
Returns the smallest number of trials we must conduct to be 95% (10.05) sure of seeing 10 failures that occur with frequency one half.
This function uses numeric inversion of the geometric distribution to obtain the result: another interpretation of the result is that it finds the number of trials (failures) that will lead to an alpha probability of observing k failures or fewer.
static RealType find_maximum_number_of_trials( RealType k, // number of failures. RealType p, // success fraction. RealType alpha); // probability threshold (0.05 equivalent to 95%).
This functions estimates the maximum number of trials we can conduct and achieve a certain probability that k failures or fewer will be observed.
The maximum number of failures to be observed.
The probability of success for each trial.
The maximum acceptable risk that more than k failures will be observed.
For example:
geometric_distribution<RealType>::find_maximum_number_of_trials(0, 1.01.0/1000000, 0.05);
Returns the largest number of trials we can conduct and still be 95% sure of seeing no failures that occur with frequency one in one million.
This function uses numeric inversion of the geometric distribution to obtain the result: another interpretation of the result, is that it finds the number of trials that will lead to an alpha probability of observing more than k failures.
All the usual nonmember accessor functions that are generic to all distributions are supported: Cumulative Distribution Function, Probability Density Function, Quantile, Hazard Function, Cumulative Hazard Function, mean, median, mode, variance, standard deviation, skewness, kurtosis, kurtosis_excess, range and support.
However it's worth taking a moment to define what these actually mean in the context of this distribution:
Table 14. Meaning of the nonmember accessors.
Function 
Meaning 

The probability of obtaining exactly k failures from k trials with success fraction p. For example:
pdf(geometric(p), k)


The probability of obtaining k failures or fewer from k trials with success fraction p and success on the last trial. For example:
cdf(geometric(p), k)


The probability of obtaining more than k failures from k trials with success fraction p and success on the last trial. For example:
cdf(complement(geometric(p), k))


The greatest number of failures k expected to be observed from k trials with success fraction p, at probability P. Note that the value returned is a realnumber, and not an integer. Depending on the use case you may want to take either the floor or ceiling of the real result. For example: quantile(geometric(p), P)


The smallest number of failures k expected to be observed from k trials with success fraction p, at probability P. Note that the value returned is a realnumber, and not an integer. Depending on the use case you may want to take either the floor or ceiling of the real result. For example: quantile(complement(geometric(p), P))

This distribution is implemented using the pow and exp functions, so
most results are accurate within a few epsilon for the RealType. For
extreme values of double
p, for example 0.9999999999, accuracy can fall significantly,
for example to 10 decimal digits (from 16).
In the following table, p is the probability that any one trial will be successful (the success fraction), k is the number of failures, p is the probability and q = 1p, x is the given probability to estimate the expected number of failures using the quantile.
Function 
Implementation Notes 


pdf = p * pow(q, k) 
cdf 
cdf = 1  q^{k=1} 
cdf complement 
exp(log1p(p) * (k+1)) 
quantile 
k = log1p(x) / log1p(p) 1 
quantile from the complement 
k = log(x) / log1p(p) 1 
mean 
(1p)/p 
variance 
(1p)/p² 
mode 
0 
skewness 
(2p)/√q 
kurtosis 
9+p²/q 
kurtosis excess 
6 +p²/q 
parameter estimation member functions 







