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Generalized Exponential Distribution

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Generalized Exponential Distribution
Probability density function
Parameters (shape )
(rate) (or inverse scale)

In the theory of probability and statistics, the Generalized Exponential (GE) distribution is a two-parameter family of continuous probability distribution. This distribution was introduced by Gupta and Kundu[1] in a 1999 paper and arises as a special case of the three-parameter exponentiated Weibull distribution that was originally introduced by Mudholkar and Srivastava (1994).[2]


A continuous random variable is said to follow the Generalized Exponential (GE) distribution with parameters and if its CDF is given as[1]

where is the shape parameter and is the rate parameter. The corresponding PDF is given as[1]
This distribution is viewed as an expansion of the familiar exponential distribution, featuring an additional shape parameter that enhances its adaptability to model complex datasets more effectively. Both models coincide when the shape parameter equals one.

Alternative Parametrization[edit]

The GE distribution offers an alternative parameterization utilizing the scale parameter , which is defined as the inverse of the rate parameter .

The CDF and PDF of the GE distribution, expressed with respect to the scale parameter, are given as

The properties of the GE distribution with the scale parameter can be derived by substituting for in the corresponding results associated with the GE distribution parameterized by the rate parameter.


Hazard Function[edit]

The hazard function of the GE distribution is given by[1]

The GE distribution has varying hazard rate depending on the value of the shape parameter. The hazard function is decreasing for , constant for , and increasing for .

Moment Generating Function and Moments[edit]

The moment generating function (MGF) of the GE distribution is given by[1]

and differentiating the log of the MGF with respect to t repeatedly and then setting t = 0, we can get the expectation, variance, and skewness of GE distribution as[1]

where is the polygamma function of order ; for , it denotes the digamma function.

Information Matrix[edit]

If random variable, then the log-likelihood function with respect to the data is given as

The Fisher information matrix is given by[1] , where

Use in Literature[edit]

With its shape and rate parameters, GE Distribution felicitates more rigorous skewness attributes than many other distributions. This is why it is considered to be a better choice as a potential flexible model to incorporate high positive skewness in the data. Additionally, depending on the shape parameter, the varying nature of the hazard function provides GE distribution a lot more compatibility in fitting into complex data structures. Numerous researchers have modeled the experimental data using GE distribution across several disciplines. For instance, Iwona et al. (2015)[3] studies the usefulness of GE distribution in Flood frequency analysis (FFA) in fitting flood extremes data. Madi and Raqab (2007)[4] uses GE distribution for the Bayesian prediction of rainfall data. Kannan, Kundu, and Nair (2010)[5] considers the cure rate model based on the GE distribution. Maximov, Rivas-Davalos, and Cota-Felix (2009)[6] uses GE distribution to evaluate the mean life and standard deviation of power system equipment with limited end-of-life failure data. Al-Nasser and Gogah (2017)[7] uses GE distribution for developing reliability test plans with median ranked set sampling theory. Biondi et al.[8] studies a new stochastic model for episode peak and duration in the context of eco-hydro-climatic studies with the assumption that the conditional distribution of the peak value of an episode follows a GE distribution.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Gupta, Rameshwar D.; Kundu, Debasis (June 1999). "Generalized exponential distributions". Australian New Zealand Journal of Statistics. 41 (2): 173–188. doi:10.1111/1467-842X.00072. ISSN 1369-1473. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  2. "Exponentiated Weibull family for analyzing bathtub failure-rate data". Microelectronics Reliability. 34 (12): 1959. December 1994. doi:10.1016/0026-2714(94)90359-x. ISSN 0026-2714.
  3. Markiewicz, Iwona; Strupczewski, Witold G.; Bogdanowicz, Ewa; Kochanek, Krzysztof (2015-12-10). "Generalized Exponential Distribution in Flood Frequency Analysis for Polish Rivers". PLOS ONE. 10 (12): e0143965. Bibcode:2015PLoSO..1043965M. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143965. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 4684336. PMID 26657239.
  4. Madi, Mohamed T.; Raqab, Mohammad Z. (2007). "Bayesian prediction of rainfall records using the generalized exponential distribution". Environmetrics. 18 (5): 541–549. Bibcode:2007Envir..18..541M. doi:10.1002/env.826. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  5. Kannan, Nandini; Kundu, Debasis; Nair, P.; Tripathi, R. C. (2010-09-21). "The generalized exponential cure rate model with covariates". Journal of Applied Statistics. 37 (10): 1625–1636. Bibcode:2010JApSt..37.1625K. doi:10.1080/02664760903117739. ISSN 0266-4763. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  6. Cota-Felix, J. E.; Rivas-Davalos, F.; Maximov, S. (2009). "An alternative method for estimating mean life of power system equipment with limited end-of-life failure data". 2009 IEEE Bucharest PowerTech. IEEE. pp. 1–4. doi:10.1109/ptc.2009.5281863. ISBN 978-1-4244-2234-0. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help) Search this book on
  7. Al-Nasser, Amjad D.; Gogah, Fatima S. (2017-12-01). "On Using The Median Ranked Set Sampling for Developing Reliability Test Plans Under Generalized Exponential Distribution". Pakistan Journal of Statistics and Operation Research. 13 (4): 757. doi:10.18187/pjsor.v13i4.1721. ISSN 2220-5810.
  8. Biondi, Franco; Kozubowski, Tomasz J.; Panorska, Anna K.; Saito, Laurel (2008). "A new stochastic model of episode peak and duration for eco-hydro-climatic applications". Ecological Modelling. 211 (3–4): 383–395. Bibcode:2008EcMod.211..383B. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2007.09.019. ISSN 0304-3800.

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