|Probability density function
|Cumulative distribution function
|Parameters||μ location (real)
s > 0 scale (real)
|Support||x ∈ (−∞, ∞)|
where σ is the standard deviation.
for st ∈ (−1, 1) Beta function
In probability theory and statistics, the logistic distribution is a continuous probability distribution. Its cumulative distribution function is the logistic function, which appears in logistic regression and feedforward neural networks. It resembles the normal distribution in shape but has heavier tails (higher kurtosis). The Tukey lambda distribution can be considered a generalization of the logistic distribution since it adds a shape parameter, λ. The logistic distribution is obtained by setting λ to zero.
Probability density function
The probability density function (pdf) of the logistic distribution is given by:
- See also: hyperbolic secant distribution
Cumulative distribution function
The logistic distribution receives its name from its cumulative distribution function (cdf), which is an instance of the family of logistic functions. The cumulative distribution function of the logistic distribution is also a scaled version of the hyperbolic tangent.
The inverse cumulative distribution function (quantile function) of the logistic distribution is a generalization of the logit function. Its derivative is called the quantile density function. They are defined as follows:
An alternative parameterization of the logistic distribution can be derived by expessing the scale parameter, , in terms of the standard deviation, , using the substitution , where . The alternative forms of the above functions are reasonably straightforward.
The logistic distribution — and the S-shaped pattern of its cumulative distribution function (the logistic function) and quantile function (the logit function) — have been extensively used in many different areas. One of the most common applications is in logistic regression, which is used for modeling categorical dependent variables (e.g. yes-no choices or a choice of 3 or 4 possibilities), much as standard linear regression is used for modeling continuous variables (e.g. income or population). Specifically, logistic regression models can be phrased as latent variable models with error variables following a logistic distribution. This phrasing is common in the theory of discrete choice models, where the logistic distribution plays the same role in logistic regression as the normal distribution does in probit regression. Indeed, the logistic and normal distributions have a quite similar shape. However, the logistic distribution has heavier tails, which often increases the robustness of analyses based on it compared with using the normal distribution.
- Hydrology - In hydrology the distribution of long duration river discharge and rainfall (e.g. monthly and yearly totals, consisting of the sum of 30 respectively 360 daily values) is often thought to be almost normal according to the central limit theorem. The normal distribution, however, needs a numeric approximation. As the logistic distribution, which can be solved analytically, is similar to the normal distribution, it can be used instead. The blue picture illustrates an example of fitting the logistic distribution to ranked October rainfalls - that are almost normally distributed - and it shows the 90% confidence belt based on the binomial distribution. The rainfall data are represented by plotting positions as part of the cumulative frequency analysis.
- Physics - the cdf of this distribution resembles the Fermi-Dirac function, however this is only a resemblance and these concepts should not be conflated.
The logistic distribution arises as limit distribution of a finite-velocity damped random motion described by a telegraph process in which the random times between consecutive velocity changes have independent exponential distributions with linearly increasing parameters.
- Logistic distribution mimics the Sech distribution.
- If X ~ Logistic(μ, β) then kX + loc ~ Logistic(kμ+loc, kβ).
- If X ~ U(0, 1) then μ + β(log(X)−log(1−X)) ~ Logistic(μ, β).
- If X, Y ~ Gumbel(α, β) then X−Y ~ Logistic(0, β).
- If X, Y ~ GEV(α, β, 0) then X−Y ~ Logistic(0, β).
- If X ~ Gumbel(α, β) and Y ~ GEV(α, β, 0) then X+Y ~ Logistic(2α, β).
- If log(X) ~ Logistic then X ~ LogLogistic and X−a ~ ShiftedLogLogistic.
- If X ~ Exponential(1) then
- If X, Y ~ Exponential(1) then
Higher order moments
The n-th order central moment can be expressed in terms of the quantile function:
- Generalized logistic distribution
- Tukey lambda distribution
- Logistic regression
- Log-logistic distribution
- Sigmoid function
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- The statistics of the occupation of an given energy level is actually given by a Bernoulli distribution, with a probability determined by the Fermi-Dirac function.
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