[mlpack-git] [mlpack/mlpack] GammaDistribution: Adds functionality to solve #749 (#751)

Ryan Curtin notifications at github.com
Sun Aug 7 11:14:22 EDT 2016

> @@ -53,6 +64,13 @@ void GammaDistribution::Train(const arma::mat& rdata, const double tol)
>    Train(logMeanxVec, meanLogxVec, meanxVec, tol);
>  }
> +// Fits an alpha and beta parameter according to observation probabilities.
> +void GammaDistribution::Train(const arma::mat& observations, 
> +                              const arma::vec& probabilities,
> +                              const double tol)
> +{

Hm, maybe that will work; I haven't thought about it too much.  I think the only issue might be that if you take unlikely points to have low probability, then when you train, this biases the training points towards the high-PDF parts of the distribution, possibly giving (I think) a trained distribution with different properties than the original.  If it was a one-dimensional Gaussian we were training, this would result in a lower variance, but I don't have the intuition to say what it will do the Gamma distribution, only that I think you'll end up with a different Gamma distribution than the one you are taking random samples from.  Hopefully what I've written here is at least somewhat coherent. :)

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