FITTER documentation

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Compatible with Python 3.7, and 3.8, 3.9

What is it ?

The fitter package is a Python library for fitting probability distributions to data. It provides a simple and intuitive interface for estimating the parameters of different types of distributions, including continuous and discrete distributions. With fitter, you can easily fit a variety of distributions to your data and compare the fit of different distributions to choose the best-fitting one. The package is designed to be easy to use and requires minimal setup, making it a useful tool for data scientists and statisticians working with probability distributions.

Installation

pip install fitter

fitter is also available on conda (bioconda channel):

conda install fitter

Usage

standalone

A standalone application (very simple) is also provided and works with input CSV files:

fitter fitdist data.csv --column-number 1 --distributions gamma,normal

It creates a file called fitter.png and a log fitter.log

From Python shell

First, let us create a data samples with N = 10,000 points from a gamma distribution:

from scipy import stats
data = stats.gamma.rvs(2, loc=1.5, scale=2, size=10000)

Note

the fitting is slow so keep the size value to reasonable value.

Now, without any knowledge about the distribution or its parameter, what is the distribution that fits the data best ? Scipy has 80 distributions and the Fitter class will scan all of them, call the fit function for you, ignoring those that fail or run forever and finally give you a summary of the best distributions in the sense of sum of the square errors. The best is to give an example:

from fitter import Fitter
f = Fitter(data)
f.fit()
# may take some time since by default, all distributions are tried
# but you call manually provide a smaller set of distributions
f.summary()
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See the online documentation for details.

Contributors

Setting up and maintaining Fitter has been possible thanks to users and contributors. Thanks to all:

https://contrib.rocks/image?repo=cokelaer/fitter

Changelog

Version Description
1.5.2
1.5.1
  • fixed regression putting back joblib
1.5.0
  • removed easydev and replaced by tqdm for progress bar
  • progressbar from tqdm also allows replacement of joblib need
1.4.1
1.4.0
1.3.0
1.2.3
  • remove vervose arguments in Fitter class. Using the logging module instead
  • the Fitter.fit has now a progress bar
  • add a standalone application called … fitter (see the doc)
1.2.2 was not released
1.2.1 adding new class called histfit (see documentation)
1.2
1.1
  • Fixed deprecated warning
  • fitter is now in readthedocs at fitter.readthedocs.io
1.0.9
1.0.6
  • summary() now returns the dataframe (instead of printing it)
1.0.5 https://github.com/cokelaer/fitter/issues
1.0.2 add manifest to fix missing source in the pypi repository.