# Sage Quickstart for Statistics#

This Sage quickstart tutorial was developed for the MAA PREP Workshop “Sage: Using Open-Source Mathematics Software with Undergraduates” (funding provided by NSF DUE 0817071). It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license (CC BY-SA).

## Basic Descriptive Statistics#

Basic statistical functions are best to get from numpy and scipy.stats.

NumPy provides, for example, functions to compute the arithmetic mean and the standard deviation:

```
sage: import numpy as np
sage: np.mean([1, 2, 3, 5])
2.75
sage: np.std([1, 2, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8]) # rel to 1e-13
2.32992949004287
```

SciPy offers many more functions, for example a function to compute the harmonic mean:

```
sage: from scipy.stats import hmean
sage: hmean([1, 2, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8]) # rel to 1e-13
2.5531914893617023
```

We do not recommend to use Python’s built in `statistics`

module with Sage.
It has a known incompatibility with number types defined in Sage, see github issue #28234.

## Distributions#

Let’s generate a random sample from a given type of continuous distribution using native Python random generators.

We use the simplest method of generating random elements from a log normal distribution with (normal) mean 2 and \(\sigma=3\).

Notice that there is really no way around making some kind of loop.

```
sage: my_data = [lognormvariate(2, 3) for i in range(10)]
sage: my_data # random
[13.189347821530054, 151.28229284782799, 0.071974845847761343, 202.62181449742425, 1.9677158880100207, 71.959830176932542, 21.054742855786007, 3.9235315623286406, 4129.9880239483346, 16.41063858663054]
```

We can check whether the mean of the log of the data is close to 2.

```
sage: np.mean([log(item) for item in my_data]) # random
3.0769518857697618
```

Here is an example using the Gnu scientific library under the hood.

Let

`dist`

be the variable assigned to a continuous Gaussian/normal distribution with standard deviation of 3.Then we use the

`.get_random_element()`

method ten times, adding 2 each time so that the mean is equal to 2.

```
sage: dist=RealDistribution('gaussian',3)
sage: my_data=[dist.get_random_element()+2 for _ in range(10)]
sage: my_data # random
[3.18196848067, -2.70878671264, 0.445500746768, 0.579932075555, -1.32546445128, 0.985799587162, 4.96649083229, -1.78785287243, -3.05866866979, 5.90786474822]
```

For now, it’s a little annoying to get histograms of such things directly. Here, we get a larger sampling of this distribution and plot a histogram with 10 bins.

```
sage: my_data2 = [dist.get_random_element()+2 for _ in range(1000)]
sage: T = stats.TimeSeries(my_data)
sage: T.plot_histogram(normalize=False,bins=10)
Graphics object consisting of 10 graphics primitives
```

To access discrete distributions, we again use Scipy.

We have to

`import`

the module`scipy.stats`

.We use

`binom_dist`

to denote the binomial distribution with 20 trials and 5% expected failure rate.The

`.pmf(x)`

method gives the probability of \(x\) failures, which we then plot in a bar chart for \(x\) from 0 to 20. (Don’t forget that`range(21)`

means all integers from*zero to twenty*.)

```
sage: import scipy.stats
sage: binom_dist = scipy.stats.binom(20,.05)
sage: bar_chart([binom_dist.pmf(x) for x in range(21)])
Graphics object consisting of 1 graphics primitive
```

The `bar_chart`

function performs some of the duties of histograms.

Scipy’s statistics can do other things too. Here, we find the median (as the fiftieth percentile) of an earlier data set.

```
sage: scipy.stats.scoreatpercentile(my_data, 50) # random
0.51271641116183286
```

The key thing to remember here is to look at the documentation!

## Using R from within Sage#

The R project is a leading software package for statistical analysis with widespread use in industry and academics.

There are several ways to access R; they are based on the `rpy2`

package.

One of the easiest is to just put

`r()`

around things you want to make into statistical objects, and then …Use R commands via

`r.method()`

to pass them on to Sage for further processing.

The following example of the Kruskal-Wallis test comes directly from
the examples in `r.kruskal_test?`

in the notebook.

```
sage: # optional - rpy2
sage: x = r([2.9, 3.0, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2]) # normal subjects
sage: y = r([3.8, 2.7, 4.0, 2.4]) # with obstructive airway disease
sage: z = r([2.8, 3.4, 3.7, 2.2, 2.0]) # with asbestosis
sage: a = r([x,y,z]) # make a long R vector of all the data
sage: b = r.factor(5*[1] + 4*[2] + 5*[3]) # create something for R to tell
....: # which subjects are which
sage: a; b # show them
[1] 2.9 3.0 2.5 2.6 3.2 3.8 2.7 4.0 2.4 2.8 3.4 3.7 2.2 2.0
[1] 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3
Levels: 1 2 3
```

```
sage: r.kruskal_test(a,b) # do the KW test! # optional - rpy2
Kruskal-Wallis rank sum test
data: sage17 and sage33
Kruskal-Wallis chi-squared = 0.7714, df = 2, p-value = 0.68
```

Looks like we can’t reject the null hypothesis here.

The best way to use R seriously is to simply ask each individual cell to
evaluate completely in R, using a so-called “percent directive”. Here
is a sample linear regression from John Verzani’s simpleR text.
Notice that R also uses the `#`

symbol to indicate comments.

```
sage: %r # optional - rpy2
....: x = c(18,23,25,35,65,54,34,56,72,19,23,42,18,39,37) # ages of individuals
....: y = c(202,186,187,180,156,169,174,172,153,199,193,174,198,183,178) # maximum heart rate of each one
....: png() # turn on plotting
....: plot(x,y) # make a plot
....: lm(y ~ x) # do the linear regression
....: abline(lm(y ~ x)) # plot the regression line
....: dev.off() # turn off the device so it plots
Call:
lm(formula = y ~ x)
Coefficients:
(Intercept) x
210.0485 -0.7977
null device
1
```

To get a whole worksheet to evaluate in R (and be able to ignore the
`%`

), you could also drop down the `r`

option in the menu close to
the top which currently has `sage`

in it.