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Geometric mean and variance


[m,v] = geostat(p)


[m,v] = geostat(p) returns the mean m and variance v of a geometric distribution with corresponding probability parameters in p. p can be a vector, a matrix, or a multidimensional array. The parameters in p must lie in the interval [0,1].


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Define a probability vector that contains six different parameter values.

p = 1./(1:6)
p =

    1.0000    0.5000    0.3333    0.2500    0.2000    0.1667

Compute the mean and variance of the geometric distribution that corresponds to each value contained in probability vector.

[m,v] = geostat(1./(1:6))
m =

         0    1.0000    2.0000    3.0000    4.0000    5.0000

v =

         0    2.0000    6.0000   12.0000   20.0000   30.0000

The returned values indicate that, for example, the mean of a geometric distribution with probability parameter p equal to 1/3 is 2, and its variance is 6.

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Geometric Distribution Mean and Variance

The mean of the geometric distribution is


and the variance of the geometric distribution is


where p is the probability of success.

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Introduced before R2006a

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