Gamma
Probability density function

Cumulative distribution function

Parameters 


Support 
$\scriptstyle x\;\in \;(0,\,\infty )$ 
$\scriptstyle x\;\in \;(0,\,\infty )$ 
PDF 
${\frac {1}{\Gamma (k)\theta ^{k}}}x^{k\,\,1}e^{{\frac {x}{\theta }}}$ 
${\frac {\beta ^{\alpha }}{\Gamma (\alpha )}}x^{\alpha \,\,1}e^{\beta x}$^{[1]} 
CDF 
${\frac {1}{\Gamma (k)}}\gamma \left(k,\,{\frac {x}{\theta }}\right)$ 
${\frac {1}{\Gamma (\alpha )}}\gamma (\alpha ,\,\beta x)$ 
Mean 
$\scriptstyle \mathbf {E} [X]=k\theta$
$\scriptstyle \mathbf {E} [\ln X]=\psi (k)+\ln(\theta )$
(see digamma function) 
$\scriptstyle \mathbf {E} [X]={\frac {\alpha }{\beta }}$
$\scriptstyle \mathbf {E} [\ln X]=\psi (\alpha )\ln(\beta )$
(see digamma function) 
Median 
No simple closed form 
No simple closed form 
Mode 
$\scriptstyle (k\,\,1)\theta {\text{ for }}k\;{\geq }\;1$ 
$\scriptstyle {\frac {\alpha \,\,1}{\beta }}{\text{ for }}\alpha \;{\geq }\;1$ 
Variance 
$\scriptstyle \operatorname {Var} [X]=k\theta ^{2}$
$\scriptstyle \operatorname {Var} [\ln X]=\psi _{1}(k)$
(see trigamma function) 
$\scriptstyle \operatorname {Var} [X]={\frac {\alpha }{\beta ^{2}}}$
$\scriptstyle \operatorname {Var} [\ln X]=\psi _{1}(\alpha )$
(see trigamma function) 
Skewness 
$\scriptstyle {\frac {2}{\sqrt {k}}}$ 
$\scriptstyle {\frac {2}{\sqrt {\alpha }}}$ 
Excess kurtosis 
$\scriptstyle {\frac {6}{k}}$ 
$\scriptstyle {\frac {6}{\alpha }}$ 
Entropy 
$\scriptstyle {\begin{aligned}\scriptstyle k&\scriptstyle \,+\,\ln \theta \,+\,\ln[\Gamma (k)]\\\scriptstyle &\scriptstyle \,+\,(1\,\,k)\psi (k)\end{aligned}}$ 
$\scriptstyle {\begin{aligned}\scriptstyle \alpha &\scriptstyle \,\,\ln \beta \,+\,\ln[\Gamma (\alpha )]\\\scriptstyle &\scriptstyle \,+\,(1\,\,\alpha )\psi (\alpha )\end{aligned}}$ 
MGF 
$\scriptstyle (1\,\,\theta t)^{k}{\text{ for }}t\;<\;{\frac {1}{\theta }}$ 
$\scriptstyle \left(1\,\,{\frac {t}{\beta }}\right)^{\alpha }{\text{ for }}t\;<\;\beta$ 
CF 
$\scriptstyle (1\,\,\theta i\,t)^{k}$ 
$\scriptstyle \left(1\,\,{\frac {i\,t}{\beta }}\right)^{\alpha }$ 
In probability theory and statistics, the gamma distribution is a twoparameter family of continuous probability distributions. The exponential distribution, Erlang distribution, and chisquared distribution are special cases of the gamma distribution. There are three different parametrizations in common use:
 With a shape parameter k and a scale parameter θ.
 With a shape parameter α = k and an inverse scale parameter β = 1/θ, called a rate parameter.
 With a shape parameter k and a mean parameter μ = k/β.
In each of these three forms, both parameters are positive real numbers.
The gamma distribution is the maximum entropy probability distribution (both with respect to a uniform base measure and with respect to a 1/x base measure) for a random variable X for which E[X] = kθ = α/β is fixed and greater than zero, and E[ln(X)] = ψ(k) + ln(θ) = ψ(α) − ln(β) is fixed (ψ is the digamma function).^{[2]}
Parameterizations[edit]
The parameterization with k and θ appears to be more common in econometrics and certain other applied fields, where for example the gamma distribution is frequently used to model waiting times. For instance, in life testing, the waiting time until death is a random variable that is frequently modeled with a gamma distribution.^{[3]}
The parameterization with α and β is more common in Bayesian statistics, where the gamma distribution is used as a conjugate prior distribution for various types of inverse scale (aka rate) parameters, such as the λ of an exponential distribution or a Poisson distribution^{[4]} – or for that matter, the β of the gamma distribution itself. (The closely related inverse gamma distribution is used as a conjugate prior for scale parameters, such as the variance of a normal distribution.)
If k is a positive integer, then the distribution represents an Erlang distribution; i.e., the sum of k independent exponentially distributed random variables, each of which has a mean of θ.
Characterization using shape α and rate β[edit]
The gamma distribution can be parameterized in terms of a shape parameter α = k and an inverse scale parameter β = 1/θ, called a rate parameter. A random variable X that is gammadistributed with shape α and rate β is denoted
 $X\sim \Gamma (\alpha ,\beta )\equiv {\textrm {Gamma}}(\alpha ,\beta )$
The corresponding probability density function in the shaperate parametrization is
 $f(x;\alpha ,\beta )={\frac {\beta ^{\alpha }x^{\alpha 1}e^{\beta x}}{\Gamma (\alpha )}}\quad {\text{ for }}x>0{\text{ and }}\alpha ,\beta >0$,
 where ${\Gamma (\alpha )}$ is a complete gamma function.
Both parametrizations are common because either can be more convenient depending on the situation.
The cumulative distribution function is the regularized gamma function:
 $F(x;\alpha ,\beta )=\int _{0}^{x}f(u;\alpha ,\beta )\,du={\frac {\gamma (\alpha ,\beta x)}{\Gamma (\alpha )}}$
where $\gamma (\alpha ,\beta x)$ is the lower incomplete gamma function.
If α is a positive integer (i.e., the distribution is an Erlang distribution), the cumulative distribution function has the following series expansion:^{[5]}
 $F(x;\alpha ,\beta )=1\sum _{i=0}^{\alpha 1}{\frac {(\beta x)^{i}}{i!}}e^{\beta x}=e^{\beta x}\sum _{i=\alpha }^{\infty }{\frac {(\beta x)^{i}}{i!}}$
Characterization using shape k and scale θ[edit]
A random variable X that is gammadistributed with shape k and scale θ is denoted by
 $X\sim \Gamma (k,\theta )\equiv {\textrm {Gamma}}(k,\theta )$
Illustration of the gamma PDF for parameter values over
k and
x with θ set to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. One can see each θ layer by itself here
[2] as well as by
k [3] and
x.
[4].
The probability density function using the shapescale parametrization is
 $f(x;k,\theta )={\frac {x^{k1}e^{{\frac {x}{\theta }}}}{\theta ^{k}\Gamma (k)}}\quad {\text{ for }}x>0{\text{ and }}k,\theta >0.$
Here Γ(k) is the gamma function evaluated at k.
The cumulative distribution function is the regularized gamma function:
 $F(x;k,\theta )=\int _{0}^{x}f(u;k,\theta )\,du={\frac {\gamma \left(k,{\frac {x}{\theta }}\right)}{\Gamma (k)}}$
where $\gamma \left(k,{\frac {x}{\theta }}\right)$ is the lower incomplete gamma function.
It can also be expressed as follows, if k is a positive integer (i.e., the distribution is an Erlang distribution):^{[5]}
 $F(x;k,\theta )=1\sum _{i=0}^{k1}{\frac {1}{i!}}\left({\frac {x}{\theta }}\right)^{i}e^{x/\theta }=e^{x/\theta }\sum _{i=k}^{\infty }{\frac {1}{i!}}\left({\frac {x}{\theta }}\right)^{i}$
Properties[edit]
Skewness[edit]
The skewness is equal to $2/{\sqrt {k}}$, it depends only on the shape parameter (k) and approaches a normal distribution when k is large (approximately when k > 10).
Median calculation[edit]
Unlike the mode and the mean which have readily calculable formulas based on the parameters, the median does not have an easy closed form equation. The median for this distribution is defined as the value ν such that
 ${\frac {1}{\Gamma (k)\theta ^{k}}}\int _{0}^{\nu }x^{k1}e^{x/\theta }dx={\tfrac {1}{2}}.$
A formula for approximating the median for any gamma distribution, when the mean is known, has been derived based on the fact that the ratio μ/(μ − ν) is approximately a linear function of k when k ≥ 1.^{[6]} The approximation formula is
 $\nu \approx \mu {\frac {3k0.8}{3k+0.2}},$
where $\mu (=k\theta )$ is the mean.
A rigorous treatment of the problem of determining an asymptotic expansion and bounds for the median of the Gamma Distribution was handled first by Chen and Rubin, who proved
 $m{\frac {1}{3}}<\lambda (m)<m,$
where $\lambda (m)$ denotes the median of the ${\text{Gamma}}(m,1)$ distribution.^{[7]}
K. P. Choi later showed that the first five terms in the asymptotic expansion of the median are
 $\lambda (m)=m{\frac {1}{3}}+{\frac {8}{405m}}+{\frac {184}{25515m^{2}}}+{\frac {2248}{3444525m^{3}}}\cdots$
by comparing the median to Ramanujan's $\theta$ function.^{[8]}
Later, it was shown that $\lambda (m)$ is a convex function of $m$.^{[9]}
Summation[edit]
If X_{i} has a Gamma(k_{i}, θ) distribution for i = 1, 2, ..., N (i.e., all distributions have the same scale parameter θ), then
 $\sum _{i=1}^{N}X_{i}\sim \mathrm {Gamma} \left(\sum _{i=1}^{N}k_{i},\theta \right)$
provided all X_{i} are independent.
For the cases where the X_{i} are independent but have different scale parameters see Mathai (1982) and Moschopoulos (1984).
The gamma distribution exhibits infinite divisibility.
Scaling[edit]
If
 $X\sim \mathrm {Gamma} (k,\theta ),$
then, for any c > 0,
 $cX\sim \mathrm {Gamma} (k,c\,\theta ),$ by moment generating functions,
or equivalently
 $cX\sim \mathrm {Gamma} \left(k,{\frac {\beta }{c}}\right),$
Indeed, we know that if X is an exponential r.v. with rate λ then cX is an exponential r.v. with rate λ/c; the same thing is valid with Gamma variates (and this can be checked using the momentgenerating function, see, e.g.,these notes, 10.4(ii)): multiplication by a positive constant c divides the rate (or, equivalently, multiplies the scale).
Exponential family[edit]
The gamma distribution is a twoparameter exponential family with natural parameters k − 1 and −1/θ (equivalently, α − 1 and −β), and natural statistics X and ln(X).
If the shape parameter k is held fixed, the resulting oneparameter family of distributions is a natural exponential family.
Logarithmic expectation[edit]
One can show that
 $\operatorname {E} [\ln(X)]=\psi (\alpha )\ln(\beta )$
or equivalently,
 $\operatorname {E} [\ln(X)]=\psi (k)+\ln(\theta )$
where ψ is the digamma function.
This can be derived using the exponential family formula for the moment generating function of the sufficient statistic, because one of the sufficient statistics of the gamma distribution is ln(x).
Information entropy[edit]
The information entropy is
 ${\begin{aligned}\operatorname {H} (X)&=\operatorname {E} [\ln(p(X))]\\&=\operatorname {E} [\alpha \ln(\beta )+\ln(\Gamma (\alpha ))(\alpha 1)\ln(X)+\beta X]\\&=\alpha \ln(\beta )+\ln(\Gamma (\alpha ))+(1\alpha )\psi (\alpha ).\end{aligned}}$
In the k, θ parameterization, the information entropy is given by
 $\operatorname {H} (X)=k+\ln(\theta )+\ln(\Gamma (k))+(1k)\psi (k).$
Kullback–Leibler divergence[edit]
Illustration of the Kullback–Leibler (KL) divergence for two gamma PDFs. Here β = β
_{0} + 1 which are set to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The typical asymmetry for the KL divergence is clearly visible.
The Kullback–Leibler divergence (KLdivergence), of Gamma(α_{p}, β_{p}) ("true" distribution) from Gamma(α_{q}, β_{q}) ("approximating" distribution) is given by^{[10]}
 ${\begin{aligned}D_{\mathrm {KL} }(\alpha _{p},\beta _{p};\alpha _{q},\beta _{q})={}&(\alpha _{p}\alpha _{q})\psi (\alpha _{p})\log \Gamma (\alpha _{p})+\log \Gamma (\alpha _{q})\\&{}+\alpha _{q}(\log \beta _{p}\log \beta _{q})+\alpha _{p}{\frac {\beta _{q}\beta _{p}}{\beta _{p}}}.\end{aligned}}$
Written using the k, θ parameterization, the KLdivergence of Gamma(k_{p}, θ_{p}) from Gamma(k_{q}, θ_{q}) is given by
 ${\begin{aligned}D_{\mathrm {KL} }(k_{p},\theta _{p};k_{q},\theta _{q})={}&(k_{p}k_{q})\psi (k_{p})\log \Gamma (k_{p})+\log \Gamma (k_{q})\\&{}+k_{q}(\log \theta _{q}\log \theta _{p})+k_{p}{\frac {\theta _{p}\theta _{q}}{\theta _{q}}}.\end{aligned}}$
Laplace transform[edit]
The Laplace transform of the gamma PDF is
 $F(s)=(1+\theta s)^{k}={\frac {\beta ^{\alpha }}{(s+\beta )^{\alpha }}}.$
Parameter estimation[edit]
Maximum likelihood estimation[edit]
The likelihood function for N iid observations (x_{1}, ..., x_{N}) is
 $L(k,\theta )=\prod _{i=1}^{N}f(x_{i};k,\theta )$
from which we calculate the loglikelihood function
 $\ell (k,\theta )=(k1)\sum _{i=1}^{N}\ln {(x_{i})}\sum _{i=1}^{N}{\frac {x_{i}}{\theta }}Nk\ln(\theta )N\ln(\Gamma (k))$
Finding the maximum with respect to θ by taking the derivative and setting it equal to zero yields the maximum likelihood estimator of the θ parameter:
 ${\hat {\theta }}={\frac {1}{kN}}\sum _{i=1}^{N}x_{i}$
Substituting this into the loglikelihood function gives
 $\ell =(k1)\sum _{i=1}^{N}\ln {(x_{i})}NkNk\ln {\left({\frac {\sum x_{i}}{kN}}\right)}N\ln(\Gamma (k))$
Finding the maximum with respect to k by taking the derivative and setting it equal to zero yields
 $\ln(k)\psi (k)=\ln \left({\frac {1}{N}}\sum _{i=1}^{N}x_{i}\right){\frac {1}{N}}\sum _{i=1}^{N}\ln(x_{i})$
There is no closedform solution for k. The function is numerically very well behaved, so if a numerical solution is desired, it can be found using, for example, Newton's method. An initial value of k can be found either using the method of moments, or using the approximation
 $\ln(k)\psi (k)\approx {\frac {1}{2k}}\left(1+{\frac {1}{6k+1}}\right)$
If we let
 $s=\ln \left({\frac {1}{N}}\sum _{i=1}^{N}x_{i}\right){\frac {1}{N}}\sum _{i=1}^{N}\ln(x_{i})$
then k is approximately
 $k\approx {\frac {3s+{\sqrt {(s3)^{2}+24s}}}{12s}}$
which is within 1.5% of the correct value.^{[11]} An explicit form for the Newton–Raphson update of this initial guess is:^{[12]}
 $k\leftarrow k{\frac {\ln(k)\psi (k)s}{{\frac {1}{k}}\psi ^{\prime }(k)}}.$
Bayesian minimum mean squared error[edit]
With known k and unknown θ, the posterior density function for theta (using the standard scaleinvariant prior for θ) is
 $P(\theta \mid k,x_{1},\dots ,x_{N})\propto {\frac {1}{\theta }}\prod _{i=1}^{N}f(x_{i};k,\theta )$
Denoting
 $y\equiv \sum _{i=1}^{N}x_{i},\qquad P(\theta \mid k,x_{1},\dots ,x_{N})=C(x_{i})\theta ^{Nk1}e^{y/\theta }$
Integration with respect to θ can be carried out using a change of variables, revealing that 1/θ is gammadistributed with parameters α = Nk, β = y.
 $\int _{0}^{\infty }\theta ^{Nk1+m}e^{y/\theta }\,d\theta =\int _{0}^{\infty }x^{Nk1m}e^{xy}\,dx=y^{(Nkm)}\Gamma (Nkm)\!$
The moments can be computed by taking the ratio (m by m = 0)
 $\operatorname {E} [x^{m}]={\frac {\Gamma (Nkm)}{\Gamma (Nk)}}y^{m}$
which shows that the mean ± standard deviation estimate of the posterior distribution for θ is
 ${\frac {y}{Nk1}}\pm {\frac {y^{2}}{(Nk1)^{2}(Nk2)}}.$
Generating gammadistributed random variables[edit]
Given the scaling property above, it is enough to generate gamma variables with θ = 1 as we can later convert to any value of β with simple division.
Suppose we wish to generate random variables from Gamma(n + δ, 1), where n is a nonnegative integer and 0 < δ < 1. Using the fact that a Gamma(1, 1) distribution is the same as an Exp(1) distribution, and noting the method of generating exponential variables, we conclude that if U is uniformly distributed on (0, 1], then −ln(U) is distributed Gamma(1, 1). Now, using the "αaddition" property of gamma distribution, we expand this result:
 $\sum _{k=1}^{n}\ln U_{k}\sim \Gamma (n,1)$
where U_{k} are all uniformly distributed on (0, 1] and independent. All that is left now is to generate a variable distributed as Gamma(δ, 1) for 0 < δ < 1 and apply the "αaddition" property once more. This is the most difficult part.
Random generation of gamma variates is discussed in detail by Devroye,^{[13]}^{:401–428} noting that none are uniformly fast for all shape parameters. For small values of the shape parameter, the algorithms are often not valid.^{[13]}^{:406} For arbitrary values of the shape parameter, one can apply the Ahrens and Dieter^{[14]} modified acceptance–rejection method Algorithm GD (shape k ≥ 1), or transformation method^{[15]} when 0 < k < 1. Also see Cheng and Feast Algorithm GKM 3^{[16]} or Marsaglia's squeeze method.^{[17]}
The following is a version of the AhrensDieter acceptance–rejection method:^{[14]}
 Generate U, V and W as iid uniform (0, 1] variates.
 If $U\leq {\frac {e}{e+\delta }}$ then $\xi =V^{1/\delta }$ and $\eta =W\xi ^{\delta 1}$. Otherwise, $\xi =1\ln V$ and $\eta =We^{\xi }$.
 If $\eta >\xi ^{\delta 1}e^{\xi }$ then go to step 1.
 ξ is distributed as Γ(δ, 1).
A summary of this is
 $\theta \left(\xi \sum _{i=1}^{\lfloor k\rfloor }\ln(U_{i})\right)\sim \Gamma (k,\theta )$
where $\scriptstyle \lfloor k\rfloor$ is the integral part of k, ξ is generated via the algorithm above with δ = {k} (the fractional part of k) and the U_{k} are all independent.
While the above approach is technically correct, Devroye notes that it is linear in the value of k and in general is not a good choice. Instead he recommends using either rejectionbased or tablebased methods, depending on context.^{[13]}^{:401–428}
For example, Marsaglia's simple transformationrejection method relying on a one normal and one uniform random number:^{[18]}
 Setup: d = a  1/3, c = 1/sqrt(9d).
 Generate: v=(1+c*x)ˆ3, with x standard normal.
 if v > 0 and log(UNI) < 0.5 · xˆ2 + d − dv + d log(v) return dv.
 go back to step 2.
With $1\leq a=\alpha =k$ generates a gamma distributed random number in time that is approximately constant with k. The acceptance rate does depend on k, with an acceptance rate of 0.95, 0.98, and 0.99 for k=1, 2, and 4. For k < 1, one can use $\gamma _{\alpha }=\gamma _{1+\alpha }U^{1/\alpha }$ to boost k to be usable with this method.
Applications[edit]

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The gamma distribution has been used to model the size of insurance claims^{[19]} and rainfalls.^{[20]} This means that aggregate insurance claims and the amount of rainfall accumulated in a reservoir are modelled by a gamma process. The gamma distribution is also used to model errors in multilevel Poisson regression models, because the combination of the Poisson distribution and a gamma distribution is a negative binomial distribution.
In wireless communication, the gamma distribution is used to model the multipath fading of signal power.
In neuroscience, the gamma distribution is often used to describe the distribution of interspike intervals.^{[21]}^{[22]}
In bacterial gene expression, the copy number of a constitutively expressed protein often follows the gamma distribution, where the scale and shape parameter are, respectively, the mean number of bursts per cell cycle and the mean number of protein molecules produced by a single mRNA during its lifetime.^{[23]}
In genomics, the gamma distribution was applied in peak calling step (i.e. in recognition of signal) in ChIPchip^{[24]} and ChIPseq^{[25]} data analysis.
The gamma distribution is widely used as a conjugate prior in Bayesian statistics. It is the conjugate prior for the precision (i.e. inverse of the variance) of a normal distribution. It is also the conjugate prior for the exponential distribution.
Related distributions[edit]
Special cases[edit]
Conjugate prior[edit]
In Bayesian inference, the gamma distribution is the conjugate prior to many likelihood distributions: the Poisson, exponential, normal (with known mean), Pareto, gamma with known shape σ, inverse gamma with known shape parameter, and Gompertz with known scale parameter.
The gamma distribution's conjugate prior is:^{[26]}
 $p(k,\theta \mid p,q,r,s)={\frac {1}{Z}}{\frac {p^{k1}e^{\theta ^{1}q}}{\Gamma (k)^{r}\theta ^{ks}}},$
where Z is the normalizing constant, which has no closedform solution. The posterior distribution can be found by updating the parameters as follows:
 ${\begin{aligned}p'&=p\prod \nolimits _{i}x_{i},\\q'&=q+\sum \nolimits _{i}x_{i},\\r'&=r+n,\\s'&=s+n,\end{aligned}}$
where n is the number of observations, and x_{i} is the ith observation.
Compound gamma[edit]
If the shape parameter of the gamma distribution is known, but the inversescale parameter is unknown, then a gamma distribution for the inversescale forms a conjugate prior. The compound distribution, which results from integrating out the inversescale, has a closed form solution, known as the compound gamma distribution.^{[27]}
If instead the shape parameter is known but the mean is unknown, with the prior of the mean being given by another gamma distribution, then it results in Kdistribution.
Related distributions and properties[edit]
 If X ~ Gamma(1, 1/λ) (shape scale parametrization), then X has an exponential distribution with rate parameter λ.
 If X ~ Gamma(ν/2, 2)(shape scale parametrization), then X is identical to χ^{2}(ν), the chisquared distribution with ν degrees of freedom. Conversely, if Q ~ χ^{2}(ν) and c is a positive constant, then cQ ~ Gamma(ν/2, 2c).
 If k is an integer, the gamma distribution is an Erlang distribution and is the probability distribution of the waiting time until the kth "arrival" in a onedimensional Poisson process with intensity 1/θ. If

 $X\sim \Gamma (k\in \mathbf {Z} ,\theta ),\qquad Y\sim \mathrm {Pois} \left({\frac {x}{\theta }}\right),$
 then
 $P(X>x)=P(Y<k).$

 $X^{2}\sim \Gamma \left({\tfrac {3}{2}},2a^{2}\right)$.
 If X ~ Gamma(k, θ), then ${\sqrt {X}}$ follows a generalized gamma distribution with parameters p = 2, d = 2k, and $a={\sqrt {\theta }}$^{[citation needed]}.
 More generally, if X ~ Gamma(k,θ), then $X^{q}$ for $q>0$ follows a generalized gamma distribution with parameters p = 1/q, d = k/q, and $a=\theta ^{q}$.
 If X ~ Gamma(k, θ), then 1/X ~ InvGamma(k, θ^{−1}) (see Inversegamma distribution for derivation).
 Parametrization 1: If $X_{k}\sim \Gamma (\alpha _{k},\theta _{k})\,$ are independent, then ${\frac {\alpha _{2}\theta _{2}X_{1}}{\alpha _{1}\theta _{1}X_{2}}}\sim \mathrm {F} (2\alpha _{1},2\alpha _{2})$, or equivalently, ${\frac {X_{1}}{X_{2}}}\sim \beta ^{'}(\alpha _{1},\alpha _{2},1,{\frac {\theta _{1}}{\theta _{2}}})$
 Parametrization 2: If $X_{k}\sim \Gamma (\alpha _{k},\beta _{k})\,$ are independent, then ${\frac {\alpha _{2}\beta _{1}X_{1}}{\alpha _{1}\beta _{2}X_{2}}}\sim \mathrm {F} (2\alpha _{1},2\alpha _{2})$, or equivalently, ${\frac {X_{1}}{X_{2}}}\sim \beta ^{'}(\alpha _{1},\alpha _{2},1,{\frac {\beta _{2}}{\beta _{1}}})$
 If X ~ Gamma(α, θ) and Y ~ Gamma(β, θ) are independently distributed, then X/(X + Y) has a beta distribution with parameters α and β.
 If X_{i} ~ Gamma(α_{i}, 1) are independently distributed, then the vector (X_{1}/S, ..., X_{n}/S), where S = X_{1} + ... + X_{n}, follows a Dirichlet distribution with parameters α_{1}, ..., α_{n}.
 For large k the gamma distribution converges to Gaussian distribution with mean μ = kθ and variance σ^{2} = kθ^{2}.
 The gamma distribution is the conjugate prior for the precision of the normal distribution with known mean.
 The Wishart distribution is a multivariate generalization of the gamma distribution (samples are positivedefinite matrices rather than positive real numbers).
 The gamma distribution is a special case of the generalized gamma distribution, the generalized integer gamma distribution, and the generalized inverse Gaussian distribution.
 Among the discrete distributions, the negative binomial distribution is sometimes considered the discrete analogue of the Gamma distribution.
 Tweedie distributions – the gamma distribution is a member of the family of Tweedie exponential dispersion models.
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Continuous univariate
supported on the whole real line 

Continuous univariate
with support whose type varies 

Mixed continuousdiscrete univariate 

Multivariate (joint) 

Directional 

Degenerate and singular 

Families 
