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I have a probability mass function of some experimental data who's log looks like the following: (please ignore the fact that it is not normalized) ![alt text][1]

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(meaning if p(x) is the pmf, this is log(p(x)) ) Does anyone know what parametric family it might belong to? (note that this is a discrete distribution)

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The graph kind of looks like a rotated Fermi-Dirac distribution... Can you give some information about where this data is coming from? Do you have any theoretical model to compare it to? –  Alberto García-Raboso Feb 9 '10 at 22:14
if anything it is more of an inverse sigmoid. It came from the distribution of certain image features after they have been quantized (it is the distribution of a sort of 'visual vocabulary'). The distribution is from a large database of images with no special characteristic (natural + synthetic images). –  liza Feb 9 '10 at 22:30
So the y axis is log-number of features falling in a particular bin, and X is just feature index sorted by popularity? –  user3035 Feb 9 '10 at 22:44
Alas, without the image, it's pretty much impossible to tell what this old question is asking. The only answer below suffers from the same problem too. –  Ilmari Karonen Aug 29 at 21:27
Since without the image the question is meaningless, and since the OP has visited the site for the last time 4 years ago, I am voting to close as "unclear what you're asking". –  Stefan Kohl Aug 29 at 22:35

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I tried taking the logarithm to the pdf of a $\beta(0.5, 1.5)$ (see Beta distribution) and it gave me this

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Maybe this can be fitted for your data.

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The Beta-family seems a really good guess, though at this point it is just what it is: an educated guess. If liza could explain to us what and how has been measured, we might say more :). –  fedja Feb 22 '10 at 15:59
Very interesting! I'll try it –  liza Feb 23 '10 at 20:37

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