Transmuted Laplace Distribution: Properties and Applications

Dina H. Abdel Hady, Rania, M. Shalaby

American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Transmuted Laplace Distribution: Properties and Applications

Dina H. Abdel Hady1,, Rania, M. Shalaby2

1Department of Statistics, Mathematics and Insurance, Faculty of Commerce, Tanta University

2The Higher Institute of Managerial Science, Culture and Science City, 6th of October


New parameters can be introduced to expand families of distributions for added flexibility or to construct covariate models and this could be done in various ways. In this article, we generalize the Laplace distribution using the quadratic rank transmutation map studied by Shaw et al. (2007) to develop a transmuted Laplace distribution (TLD). We provide a comprehensive description of the mathematical properties of the subject distribution along with its reliability behavior. To show that the TLD distribution can be a better model than one based on the LD distribution we use a real data set of number of million revolutions before failure for each of the 23 ball bearings in the life tests and The usefulness of the transmuted Laplace distribution for modeling reliability data is illustrated.

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  • Dina H. Abdel Hady, Rania, M. Shalaby. Transmuted Laplace Distribution: Properties and Applications. American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2016, pp 94-98.
  • Hady, Dina H. Abdel, and Rania, M. Shalaby. "Transmuted Laplace Distribution: Properties and Applications." American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics 4.3 (2016): 94-98.
  • Hady, D. H. A. , & Shalaby, R. M. (2016). Transmuted Laplace Distribution: Properties and Applications. American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 4(3), 94-98.
  • Hady, Dina H. Abdel, and Rania, M. Shalaby. "Transmuted Laplace Distribution: Properties and Applications." American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics 4, no. 3 (2016): 94-98.

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1. Introduction

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The Laplace distribution is named after Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827), who obtained the likelihood of the Laplace distribution is maximized when the location parameter is set to be the median. The Laplace distribution is also known as the law of the difference between two exponential random variables.

In this article we present a new generalization of Laplace distribution called the transmuted Laplace distribution.

Definition 1: A random variable X is said to have transmuted distribution if its cumulative distribution function (cdf) is given by


where G(x) is the cdf of the base distribution. Observe that at we have the distribution of the base random variable.

Many transmuted distributions are proposed. A new generalization of Weibull distribution called the transmuted Weibull distribution [4]. [13] proposed and studied the various structural properties of the transmuted Rayleigh distribution. [11] introduced the transmuted modified Weibull distribution. Transmuted Lomax distribution is presented by [2]. [16] introduce transmuted Pareto distribution. Transmuted Generalized Linear Exponential Distribution introduced by [9] among other. Aryal et al. (2009) studied the transmuted Gumbel distribution and it has been observed that transmuted Gumbel distribution can be used to model climate data. In the present study we will provide mathematical formulation of the transmuted Laplace distribution and some of its properties.

2. Transmuted Laplace Distribution

The Laplace distribution, also called the double exponential distribution, is the differences between two independent variates with identical [1].

Definition 2: A random variable X is said to have the Laplace distribution with parameter if its probability density is defined as:


The corresponding cumulative distribution function (c.d.f.) is c:


Now using (1) and (3), we have the cdf of a transmuted Laplace distribution


Hence, the pdf of transmuted Laplace distribution with parameter is:


Note that the transmuted Laplace distribution is an extended model to analyze more complex data and it generalizes some of the widely used distributions. The Laplace distribution is clearly a special case for = 0. Figure 1 illustrates some of the possible shapes of the pdf of a transmuted Laplace distribution for selected values of the parameters and .

Using (4) and (5), the hazard rate function of transmuted Laplace distribution is:

3. Moments

Now let us consider the different moments of the transmuted Laplace distribution.

Suppose X denote the transmuted Laplace distribution random variable with parameter and , then:

After simplification, the moment of (TLD) is:


Therefore putting , we obtain the mean as


And putting we obtain the second moment as


Then the variance of (TLD) is

The moment generating function of (TLD) can readily obtained as:

After simplification, the moment generating function of (TLD) is:


Note That

Mean and variance of (TLD) can be found by using (6).

These results are the same results previously obtained in (7) and (8), and can also reach to the same value of the variance as the previous mentioned, can also find skewness and kurtosis by the calculation of moments with degrees higher than the second degree easily.

4. Order Statistics

In statistics, the kth order statistic of a statistical sample is equal to its kth smallest value. Together with rank statistics, order statistics are among the most fundamental tools in non-parametric statistics and inference. For a sample of size n, the nth order statistic (or largest order statistic) is the maximum, that is,

The sample range is the difference between the maximum and minimum. It is clearly a function of the order statistics:

We know that if denotes the order statistics of a random sample from a continuous population with cdf and pdf then the pdf of is given by

For . The pdf of the jth order statistic for (TLD) is given by

a) At x<0


Therefore, the pdf of the largest order statistic is given by

and the pdf of the smallest order statistic is given by

b) At x>0

Therefore, the pdf of the largest order statistic is given by:

and the pdf of the smallest order statistic X(1) is given by

5. Maximum Likelihood Estimators

In this section we discuss the maximum likelihood estimators (MLE’s) and inference for the TLD distribution. Let be a random sample of size n from TLD then the likelihood function can be written as


Where is number of the negative observations and is number of the positive observations. By accumulation taking logarithm of equation (11), and the log- likelihood function can be written as


Differentiating equation (12) with respect to and then equating it to zero. The normal equations become


We can find the estimates of the unknown parameters by maximum likelihood method by setting these above nonlinear system of equations (13, 14) to zero and solve them simultaneously. These solutions will yield the ML estimators for and . For the two parameters transmuted Laplace distribution TLD pdf, all the second order derivatives exist.

Under certain regularity conditions, (here stands for convergence in distribution), where denotes the information matrix given by

This information matrix may be approximated by the observed information matrix

Then, using the approximation one can carry out tests and find confidence regions for functions of some or all parameters in .

Approximate two sided 100(1 − α) % confidence intervals for and are, respectively, given by


where is the upper αth quantile of the standard normal distribution. Using R we can easily compute the Hessian matrix and its inverse and hence the standard errors and asymptotic confidence intervals.

We can compute the maximized unrestricted and restricted log-likelihood functions to construct the likelihood ratio (LR) test statistic for testing on some transmuted LD sub-models. For example, we can use the LR test statistic to check whether the TLD distribution for a given data set is statistically superior to the LD distribution. In any case, hypothesis tests of the type versus can be performed using a LR test. In this case, the LR test statistic for testing versus is where and are the MLEs under and , respectively. The statistic is asymptotically (as n → ∞) distributed as where k is the length of the parameter vector θ of interest. The LR test rejects if where denotes the upper quantile of the distribution.

6. Applications

In this section, we use a real data set to show that the TLD distribution can be a better model than one based on the LD distribution. The data set given in Table 1 taken from Lawless (1986) page 228. The data are the number of million revolutions before failure for each of the 23 ball bearings in the life tests and they are:

Table 1. The number of million revolutions before failure for each of the 23 ball

We will use these data minus the overall average for the experiment; this average was 68 to fit the data with both Laplace distribution (LD) and transmuted Laplace (TLD).

Table 2. Estimated parameters of the Laplace and transmuted Laplace distributions for the data

The variance covariance matrix of the MLEs under the transmuted Laplace distribution is computed as

Thus, the variances of the MLE of and are = 0.41 and = 0.0132,. Therefore, 95% confidence intervals for and are [26.895, 29.339], and [−0.198, 0.248] respectively.

The LR test statistic to test the hypotheses versus is , so we reject the null hypothesis.

7. Conclusion

Here we propose a new model, the so-called the transmuted Laplace distribution which extends the Laplace distribution in the analysis of data with real support. An obvious reason for generalizing a standard distribution is because the generalized form provides larger flexibility in modeling real data. We derive expansions for moments and for the moment generating function. The estimation of parameters is approached by the method of maximum likelihood; also the information matrix is derived. An application of TLD distribution to real data shows that the new distribution can be used quite effectively to provide better fits than LD distribution.


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