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# Probability Theory Basics

4. Commonly Used Continuous Distributions

5. Covariance and Correlation

Probability Theory Basics

## Continuous Uniform Distribution

**Continuous distribution** describes the stochastic experiment with infinite possible outcomes.**Continuous uniform distribution** describes an experiment where all outcomes within the interval have an equal probability of occurring.

If the variable is uniformly distributed, we can use a geometrical approach to calculate probabilities.

Let's look at the example:

Consider a line segment of length `10`

units. What is the probability of randomly selecting a point on the line segment such that the distance from the starting point to this point is between `3 and 7`

units?

As a result, position or the point is uniformly distributed on the line with length `10`

. We can simply divide the length of the desired interval by the whole length of the segment.

We can also use `.cdf()`

method on `scipy.stats.uniform`

class to calculate the corresponding probability:

The first parameter of the `.cdf()`

method determines the point at which we calculate probability; `loc`

parameter determines the beginning of the segment, and `scale`

determines the length of the segment.

The `.cdf()`

method calculates the probability that an experiment's result falls into a certain interval: `.cdf(interval_end) - .cdf(interval_start)`

.

We will consider this method in more detail in Advanced Techniques in Probability and Statistics course.

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