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Nakagami distribution

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Probability density function
Nakagami pdf.svg
Cumulative distribution function
Nakagami cdf.svg
Parameters shape (real)
spread (real)
Median No simple closed form

The Nakagami distribution or the Nakagami-m distribution is a probability distribution related to the gamma distribution. The family of Nakagami distributions has two parameters: a shape parameter and a second parameter controlling spread .


Its probability density function (pdf) is[1]


Its cumulative distribution function is[1]

where P is the regularized (lower) incomplete gamma function.


The parameters and are[2]


Parameter estimation

An alternative way of fitting the distribution is to re-parametrize and m as σ = Ω/m and m.[3]

Given independent observations from the Nakagami distribution, the likelihood function is

Its logarithm is


These derivatives vanish only when

and the value of m for which the derivative with respect to m vanishes is found by numerical methods including the Newton–Raphson method.

It can be shown that at the critical point a global maximum is attained, so the critical point is the maximum-likelihood estimate of (m,σ). Because of the equivariance of maximum-likelihood estimation, one then obtains the MLE for Ω as well.


The Nakagami distribution is related to the gamma distribution. In particular, given a random variable , it is possible to obtain a random variable , by setting , , and taking the square root of :

Alternatively, the Nakagami distribution can be generated from the chi distribution with parameter set to and then following it by a scaling transformation of random variables. That is, a Nakagami random variable is generated by a simple scaling transformation on a Chi-distributed random variable as below.

For a Chi-distribution, the degrees of freedom must be an integer, but for Nakagami the can be any real number greater than 1/2. This is the critical difference and accordingly, Nakagami-m is viewed as a generalization of Chi-distribution, similar to a gamma distribution being considered as a generalization of Chi-squared distributions.

History and applications

The Nakagami distribution is relatively new, being first proposed in 1960.[4] It has been used to model attenuation of wireless signals traversing multiple paths [5] and to study the impact of fading channels on wireless communications.[6]

Related distributions

  • Restricting m to the unit interval (q = m; 0 < q < 1) defines the Nakagami-q distribution, also known as Hoyt distribution.[7][8][9]

"The radius around the true mean in a bivariate normal random variable, re-written in polar coordinates (radius and angle), follows a Hoyt distribution. Equivalently, the modulus of a complex normal random variable does."


  1. ^ a b Laurenson, Dave (1994). "Nakagami Distribution". Indoor Radio Channel Propagation Modelling by Ray Tracing Techniques. Retrieved 2007-08-04.
  2. ^ R. Kolar, R. Jirik, J. Jan (2004) "Estimator Comparison of the Nakagami-m Parameter and Its Application in Echocardiography", Radioengineering, 13 (1), 8–12
  3. ^ Mitra, Rangeet; Mishra, Amit Kumar; Choubisa, Tarun (2012). "Maximum Likelihood Estimate of Parameters of Nakagami-m Distribution". International Conference on Communications, Devices and Intelligent Systems (CODIS), 2012: 9–12.
  4. ^ Nakagami, M. (1960) "The m-Distribution, a general formula of intensity of rapid fading". In William C. Hoffman, editor, Statistical Methods in Radio Wave Propagation: Proceedings of a Symposium held June 18–20, 1958, pp. 3–36. Pergamon Press., doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-009306-2.50005-4
  5. ^ Parsons, J. D. (1992) The Mobile Radio Propagation Channel. New York: Wiley.
  6. ^ Ramon Sanchez-Iborra; Maria-Dolores Cano; Joan Garcia-Haro (2013). Performance evaluation of QoE in VoIP traffic under fading channels. World Congress on Computer and Information Technology (WCCIT). pp. 1–6. doi:10.1109/WCCIT.2013.6618721. ISBN 978-1-4799-0462-4.
  7. ^ Paris, J.F. (2009). "Nakagami-q (Hoyt) distribution function with applications". Electronics Letters. 45 (4): 210. doi:10.1049/el:20093427.
  8. ^ "HoytDistribution".
  9. ^ "NakagamiDistribution".
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