The term Tsallis statistics usually refers to the collection of mathematical functions and associated probability distributions that were originated by Constantino Tsallis. Using that collection, it is possible to derive Tsallis distributions from the optimization of the Tsallis entropic form. A continuous real parameter q can be used to adjust the distributions, so that distributions which have properties intermediate to that of Gaussian and Lévy distributions can be created. The parameter q represents the degree of non-extensivity of the distribution. Tsallis statistics are useful for characterising complex, anomalous diffusion.
The q-deformed exponential and logarithmic functions were first introduced in Tsallis statistics in 1994. However, the q-deformation is the Box-Cox transformation for , proposed by George Box and David Cox in 1964.
Note that the q-exponential in Tsallis statistics is different from a version used elsewhere.
These functions have the property that
The limits of the above expression can be understood by considering
for the exponential function and
for the logarithm.
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