numpy.random.RandomState.negative_binomial¶
method

RandomState.
negative_binomial
(n, p, size=None)¶ Draw samples from a negative binomial distribution.
Samples are drawn from a negative binomial distribution with specified parameters, n successes and p probability of success where n is > 0 and p is in the interval [0, 1].
Note
New code should use the
negative_binomial
method of adefault_rng()
instance instead; see randomquickstart. Parameters
 nfloat or array_like of floats
Parameter of the distribution, > 0.
 pfloat or array_like of floats
Parameter of the distribution, >= 0 and <=1.
 sizeint or tuple of ints, optional
Output shape. If the given shape is, e.g.,
(m, n, k)
, thenm * n * k
samples are drawn. If size isNone
(default), a single value is returned ifn
andp
are both scalars. Otherwise,np.broadcast(n, p).size
samples are drawn.
 Returns
 outndarray or scalar
Drawn samples from the parameterized negative binomial distribution, where each sample is equal to N, the number of failures that occurred before a total of n successes was reached.
See also
Generator.negative_binomial
which should be used for new code.
Notes
The probability mass function of the negative binomial distribution is
where is the number of successes, is the probability of success, is the number of trials, and is the gamma function. When is an integer, , which is the more common form of this term in the the pmf. The negative binomial distribution gives the probability of N failures given n successes, with a success on the last trial.
If one throws a die repeatedly until the third time a “1” appears, then the probability distribution of the number of non“1”s that appear before the third “1” is a negative binomial distribution.
References
 1
Weisstein, Eric W. “Negative Binomial Distribution.” From MathWorld–A Wolfram Web Resource. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/NegativeBinomialDistribution.html
 2
Wikipedia, “Negative binomial distribution”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_binomial_distribution
Examples
Draw samples from the distribution:
A real world example. A company drills wildcat oil exploration wells, each with an estimated probability of success of 0.1. What is the probability of having one success for each successive well, that is what is the probability of a single success after drilling 5 wells, after 6 wells, etc.?
>>> s = np.random.negative_binomial(1, 0.1, 100000) >>> for i in range(1, 11): ... probability = sum(s<i) / 100000. ... print(i, "wells drilled, probability of one success =", probability)