biweight_location¶

astropy.stats.
biweight_location
(data, c=6.0, M=None, axis=None)[source]¶ Compute the biweight location.
The biweight location is a robust statistic for determining the central location of a distribution. It is given by:
\[\zeta_{biloc}= M + \frac{\Sigma_{u_i<1} \ (x_i  M) (1  u_i^2)^2} {\Sigma_{u_i<1} \ (1  u_i^2)^2}\]where \(x\) is the input data, \(M\) is the sample median (or the input initial location guess) and \(u_i\) is given by:
\[u_{i} = \frac{(x_i  M)}{c * MAD}\]where \(c\) is the tuning constant and \(MAD\) is the median absolute deviation. The biweight location tuning constant
c
is typically 6.0 (the default). Parameters
 dataarraylike
Input array or object that can be converted to an array.
 cfloat, optional
Tuning constant for the biweight estimator (default = 6.0).
 Mfloat or arraylike, optional
Initial guess for the location. If
M
is a scalar value, then its value will be used for the entire array (or along eachaxis
, if specified). IfM
is an array, then its must be an array containing the initial location estimate along eachaxis
of the input array. IfNone
(default), then the median of the input array will be used (or along eachaxis
, if specified). axisint, optional
The axis along which the biweight locations are computed. If
None
(default), then the biweight location of the flattened input array will be computed.
 Returns
References
 1
Beers, Flynn, and Gebhardt (1990; AJ 100, 32) (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1990AJ….100…32B)
 2
http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/software/dataplot/refman2/auxillar/biwloc.htm
Examples
Generate random variates from a Gaussian distribution and return the biweight location of the distribution:
>>> import numpy as np >>> from astropy.stats import biweight_location >>> rand = np.random.RandomState(12345) >>> biloc = biweight_location(rand.randn(1000)) >>> print(biloc) # doctest: +FLOAT_CMP 0.0175741540445