numpy.random.RandomState.gamma¶
method

random.RandomState.
gamma
(shape, scale=1.0, size=None)¶ Draw samples from a Gamma distribution.
Samples are drawn from a Gamma distribution with specified parameters,
shape
(sometimes designated “k”) and scale (sometimes designated “theta”), where both parameters are > 0.Note
New code should use the
gamma
method of adefault_rng()
instance instead; please see the Quick Start. Parameters
 shapefloat or array_like of floats
The shape of the gamma distribution. Must be nonnegative.
 scalefloat or array_like of floats, optional
The scale of the gamma distribution. Must be nonnegative. Default is equal to 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 ifshape
andscale
are both scalars. Otherwise,np.broadcast(shape, scale).size
samples are drawn.
 Returns
 outndarray or scalar
Drawn samples from the parameterized gamma distribution.
See also
scipy.stats.gamma
probability density function, distribution or cumulative density function, etc.
Generator.gamma
which should be used for new code.
Notes
The probability density for the Gamma distribution is
where is the shape and the scale, and is the Gamma function.
The Gamma distribution is often used to model the times to failure of electronic components, and arises naturally in processes for which the waiting times between Poisson distributed events are relevant.
References
 1
Weisstein, Eric W. “Gamma Distribution.” From MathWorld–A Wolfram Web Resource. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GammaDistribution.html
 2
Wikipedia, “Gamma distribution”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_distribution
Examples
Draw samples from the distribution:
>>> shape, scale = 2., 2. # mean=4, std=2*sqrt(2) >>> s = np.random.gamma(shape, scale, 1000)
Display the histogram of the samples, along with the probability density function:
>>> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt >>> import scipy.special as sps >>> count, bins, ignored = plt.hist(s, 50, density=True) >>> y = bins**(shape1)*(np.exp(bins/scale) / ... (sps.gamma(shape)*scale**shape)) >>> plt.plot(bins, y, linewidth=2, color='r') >>> plt.show()