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# samplitude

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CLI generation and plotting of random variables

## Generators

In addition to the standard range function, we support infinite generators

  • exponential(lambd): lambd is 1.0 divided by the desired mean.
  • uniform(a, b): Get a random number in the range [a, b) or [a, b] depending on rounding.
  • gauss(mu, sigma): mu is the mean, and sigma is the standard deviation.
  • normal(mu, sigma): as above
  • lognormal(mu, sigma): as above
  • triangular(low, high): Continuous distribution bounded by given lower and upper limits, and having a given mode value in-between.
  • beta(alpha, beta): Conditions on the parameters are alpha > 0 and beta > 0. Returned values range between 0 and 1.
  • gamma(alpha, beta): as above
  • weibull(alpha, beta): alpha is the scale parameter and beta is the shape parameter.
  • pareto(alpha): Pareto distribution. alpha is the shape parameter.
  • vonmises(mu, kappa): mu is the mean angle, expressed in radians between 0 and 2*pi, and kappa is the concentration parameter, which must be greater than or equal to zero. If kappa is equal to zero, this distribution reduces to a uniform random angle over the range 0 to 2*pi.

We have a special infinite generator (filter) that works on finite generators:

  • choice,

whose behaviour is explained below.

Finally, we have a generator

  • stdin()

that reads from stdin.

## A warning about infinity

All generators are infinite generators, and must be sampled with sample(n) before consuming!

## Usage and installation

Install with `bash pip install git+ ` or simply (not possible, though) `bash pip install samplitude `

### Examples

This is pure Jinja2: `bash >>> samplitude "range(5) | list" [0, 1, 2, 3, 4] `

However, to get a more UNIXy output, we use cli instead of list:

`bash >>> samplitude "range(5) | cli" 0 1 2 3 4 `

To limit the output, we use sample(n):

`bash >>> samplitude "range(1000) | sample(5) | cli" 0 1 2 3 4 `

That isn’t very helpful on the range generator, but is much more helpful on an infinite generator, such as the uniform generator:

`bash >>> samplitude "uniform(0, 5) | sample(5) | cli" 3.3900198868059235 1.2002767137709318 0.40999391897569126 1.9394585953696264 4.37327472704115 `

We can round the output in case we don’t need as many digits (note that round is a generator as well and can be placed on either side of sample): `bash >>> samplitude "uniform(0, 5) | round(2) | sample(5) | cli" 4.58 4.33 1.87 2.09 4.8 `

### Selection and modifications

The samplitude behavior is equivalent to the head program, or from languages such as Haskell. The head alias is supported: `bash >>> samplitude "uniform(0, 5) | round(2) | head(5) | cli" 4.58 4.33 1.87 2.09 4.8 `

drop is also available: `bash >>> samplitude "uniform(0, 5) | round(2) | drop(2) | head(3) | cli" 1.87 2.09 4.8 `

To shift and scale distributions, we can use the shift(s) and scale(s) filters. To get a Poisson point process starting at 15, we can run

`bash >>> samplitude "poisson(0.3) | shift(15)"  # equivalent to exponential(0.3)... `

### Choices and other operations

Using choice with a finite generator gives an infinite generator that chooses from the provided generator:

`bash >>> samplitude "range(0, 11, 2) | choice | sample(6) | cli" 8 0 8 10 4 6 `

Jinja2 supports more generic lists, e.g., lists of string. Hence, we can write

`bash >>> samplitude "['win', 'draw', 'loss'] | choice | sample(6) | sort | cli" draw draw draw loss win win `

… and as in Python, strings are also iterable:

`bash >>> samplitude "'HT' | cli" H T ` … so we can flip six coins with `bash >>> samplitude "'HT' | choice | sample(6) | cli" H T T H H H `

We can flip 100 coins and count the output with counter (which is collections.Counter) `bash >>> samplitude "'HT' | choice | sample(100) | counter | cli" H 47 T 53 `

The sort functionality does not work as expected on a Counter object (a dict type), so if we want the output sorted, we pipe through sort from _coreutils_:

`bash >>> samplitude "range(1,7) | choice | sample(100) | counter | cli" | sort -n 1 24 2 17 3 18 4 16 5 14 6 11 `

Using stdin() as a generator, we can pipe into samplitude. Beware that stdin() flushes the input, hence stdin (currently) does not work with infinite input streams.

`bash >>> ls | samplitude "stdin() | choice | sample(1) | cli" some_file `

Then, if we ever wanted to shuffle ls we can run

`bash >>> ls | samplitude "stdin() | shuffle | cli" some_file `

`bash >>> cat FILE | samplitude "stdin() | cli" # NOOP; cats FILE `

### The fun powder plot

For fun, if you have installed matplotlib, we support plotting, hist being the most useful.

`bash >>> samplitude "normal(100, 5) | sample(1000) | hist" `

![normal distribution](

An exponential distribution can be plotted with exponential(lamba). Note that the cli output must be the last filter in the chain, as that is a command-line utility only:

`bash >>> samplitude "normal(100, 5) | sample(1000) | hist | cli" `

![exponential distribution](

To repress output after plotting, you can use the gobble filter to empty the pipe:

`bash >>> samplitude "normal(100, 5) | sample(1000) | hist | gobble" `

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