numpy.random.zipf¶

random.
zipf
(a, size=None)¶ Draw samples from a Zipf distribution.
Samples are drawn from a Zipf distribution with specified parameter a > 1.
The Zipf distribution (also known as the zeta distribution) is a continuous probability distribution that satisfies Zipf’s law: the frequency of an item is inversely proportional to its rank in a frequency table.
Note
New code should use the
zipf
method of adefault_rng()
instance instead; please see the Quick Start. Parameters
 afloat or array_like of floats
Distribution parameter. Must be greater than 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 ifa
is a scalar. Otherwise,np.array(a).size
samples are drawn.
 Returns
 outndarray or scalar
Drawn samples from the parameterized Zipf distribution.
See also
scipy.stats.zipf
probability density function, distribution, or cumulative density function, etc.
Generator.zipf
which should be used for new code.
Notes
The probability density for the Zipf distribution is
where is the Riemann Zeta function.
It is named for the American linguist George Kingsley Zipf, who noted that the frequency of any word in a sample of a language is inversely proportional to its rank in the frequency table.
References
 1
Zipf, G. K., “Selected Studies of the Principle of Relative Frequency in Language,” Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1932.
Examples
Draw samples from the distribution:
>>> a = 2. # parameter >>> s = np.random.zipf(a, 1000)
Display the histogram of the samples, along with the probability density function:
>>> import matplotlib.pyplot as plt >>> from scipy import special
Truncate s values at 50 so plot is interesting:
>>> count, bins, ignored = plt.hist(s[s<50], 50, density=True) >>> x = np.arange(1., 50.) >>> y = x**(a) / special.zetac(a) >>> plt.plot(x, y/max(y), linewidth=2, color='r') >>> plt.show()