AP Statistics Curriculum 2007 Cauchy

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General Advance-Placement (AP) Statistics Curriculum - Cauchy Distribution

Cauchy Distribution

The standard Cauchy distribution is derived from the ratio of two independent Normal Distributions. If X ~ N(0,1), and Y ~ N(0,1), then \(\tfrac{X}{Y} \sim Cauchy(0,1)\)

The Cauchy distribution is important in physics (where it’s known as the Lorentz distribution) because it’s the solution to the differential equation describing forced resonance. In spectroscopy, it is the description of the shape of spectral lines which are subject to homogeneous broadening in which all atoms interact in the same way with the frequency range contained in the line shape.

PDF:
\(\frac{1}{\pi\gamma\,\left[1 + \left(\frac{x-x_0}{\gamma}\right)^2\right]}\!\)

CDF:
\(\frac{1}{\pi} \arctan\left(\frac{x-x_0}{\gamma}\right)+\frac{1}{2}\!\)

Mean:
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Median:
\(x_0\!\)

Mode:
\(x_0\!\)

Variance:
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Support:
\(x \in (-\infty, +\infty)\!\)

Moment Generating Function
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Applications

\(\cdot\) Used in mechanical and electrical theory, physical anthropology and measurement and calibration problems.

\(\cdot\) In physics it is called a Lorentzian distribution, where it is the distribution of the energy of an unstable state in quantum mechanics.

\(\cdot\) Also used to model the points of impact of a fixed straight line of particles emitted from a point source.

Example

Cauchy.png

SOCR Links

http://www.distributome.org/ -> SOCR -> Distributions -> Distributome

http://www.distributome.org/ -> SOCR -> Distributions -> Cauchy Distribution

http://www.distributome.org/ -> SOCR -> Functors -> Cauchy Distribution

SOCR Cauchy Distribution calculator (http://socr.ucla.edu/htmls/dist/Cauchy_Distribution.html)




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