Chi-squared distribution

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The $ \Chi^2 $-squared distribution is a continuous, positive only, unimodal probability distribution that describes the sum of independent normally-distributed random variables.

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The Chi-squared distribution with «dof» degrees of freedom describes the distribution of a Chi-Squared metric defined as

$ \Chi^2 \sum_{i=1}^n {y_i}^2 $

where each yi is independently sampled from a standard normal distribution and «dof» = n - 1 . The distribution is defined over nonnegative values.

The Chi-squared distribution is commonly used for analyses of second moments, such as analyses of variance and contingency table analyses. The ratio of two chi-squared-distributed variables follows an F-distribution.

Functions

ChiSquared(dof)

The distribution function. Use this to define a chance variable or other uncertain quantity with an F-distribution with «dof» degrees of freedom.

DensChiSquared(x, dof)

The analytic probability density at «x». Equal to

$ p(x) = {1\over{2^{d/2} \Gamma(d/2)}} x^{d/2-1} e^{-x/2} $

where $ d $ is «dof» and $ \Gamma(x) $ is the GammaFn(x).

CumChiSquared(x, dof)

The analytic cumulative density up to «x». This is the probability that a random sample will be less than or equal to «x».

CumChiSquaredInv(p, dof)

The inverse cumulative density (quantile function), which computes the pth fractile/quantile/percentile value x, which has a «p» probability of being greater than or equal to a random variate draw from a chi-squared distribution with «dof» degrees of freedom.

Statistics

Theoretical statistics (i.e., in the absence of sampling error) are:

Examples

Suppose

Variable V := ChiSquared(k)
Variable W := ChiSquared(m)
Variable S := (V/k)*(W/m)

S is distributed as an F-distribution with k and m degrees of freedom.

The F distribution is useful for the analysis of ratios of variance, such as a one-factor between-subjects analysis of variance.

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