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

Rice Distribution

Also known as the Rician Distribution, the Rice distribution is the probability distribution of the absolute value of a Circular Bivariate Normal random variable with potentially non-zero mean.

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$$\frac{x}{\sigma^2}\exp\left(\frac{-(x^2+\nu^2)} {2\sigma^2}\right)I_0\left(\frac{x\nu}{\sigma^2}\right)$$

CDF
$$1-Q_1\left(\frac{\nu}{\sigma },\frac{x}{\sigma }\right)$$

Mean
$$\sigma \sqrt{\pi/2}\,\,L_{1/2}(-\nu^2/2\sigma^2)$$

Variance
$$2\sigma^2+\nu^2-\frac{\pi\sigma^2}{2}L_{1/2}^2\left(\frac{-\nu^2}{2\sigma^2}\right)$$

Support
x ∈ [0, +∞)

Moments

The first few raw moments are:

$\mu_1^'= \sigma \sqrt{\pi/2}\,\,L_{1/2}(-\nu^2/2\sigma^2)$ $\mu_2^'= 2\sigma^2+\nu^2\,$

Applications

Describing fading in wireless communications systems analysis
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=1532472

Radar signal processing
http://users.ece.gatech.edu/mrichard/Rice%20power%20pdf.pdf

Describing noisy MRI Data
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2254141/

SOCR Links

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

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

http://www.distributome.org/ -> SOCR -> Modeler -> Rice_Fit Modeler

SOCR Rice Distribution Calculator: http://socr.ucla.edu/htmls/dist/Rice_Distribution.html

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