Samplitude (s8e) is a statistical distributions command line tool

# samplitude

CLI generation and plotting of random variables:

\$ samplitude "sin(0.31415) | sample(6) | round | cli"
0.0
0.309
0.588
0.809
0.951
1.0


The word samplitude is a portmanteau of sample and amplitude. This project also started as an étude, hence should be pronounced sampl-étude.

samplitude is a chain starting with a generator, followed by zero or more filters, followed by a consumer. Most generators are infinite (with the exception of range and lists and possibly stdin). Some of the filters can turn infinite generators into finite generators (like sample and gobble), and some filters can turn finite generators into infinite generators, such as choice.

Consumers are any filter that necessarily flush the input; list, cli, tojson, unique, and the plotting tools, hist, scatter and line are examples of consumers. The list consumer is a Jinja2 built-in, and other Jinja2 consumers are sum, min, and max:

samplitude "sin(0.31415) | sample(5) | round | max | cli"
0.951


## 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.

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

## Usage and installation

Install with

pip install samplitude


or to get bleeding release,

pip install git+https://github.com/pgdr/samplitude


### Examples

This is pure Jinja2:

>>> samplitude "range(5) | list"
[0, 1, 2, 3, 4]


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

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


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

>>> 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:

>>> 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):

>>> 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:

>>> samplitude "uniform(0, 5) | round(2) | head(5) | cli"
4.58
4.33
1.87
2.09
4.8


drop is also available:

>>> 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

>>> 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:

>>> 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

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


... and as in Python, strings are also iterable:

>>> samplitude "'HT' | cli"
H
T


... so we can flip six coins with

>>> 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)

>>> 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:

>>> 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.

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


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

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

>>> 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.

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


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:

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


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

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


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