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plotting in python using binomial

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Hi

I am trying to learn python and graphing. Could anybody help me with the following?

I want to plot a graph of probabilities using the Binomial which I will write as B(N,n,p); where N is the total number of events, n is the number of successes and p is the probability of a success.

What I want to do is plot the probability of the n events occurring for varying N but fixed n and p.

For example, if n = 20 and p = 0.1, I would like to work out the probability of P(n=20, p=0.1) for N = 20, ... , 100.

Could someone give me the Python code which would allow me to do this?

Thanks in advance

Issac
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by:IssacJones
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Maybe I've made the question too complex?

If it helps, can anybody tell me how to do the following?

(1) Using x in the range 0 to 20, plot y=x^2 and plot the graph.
(2) Is there a library function which will allow me to calculation combiations i.e. nCr values?

Thanks in advance

Issac
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Are you searching the tool formaking graphs or you already use some?

For the combinatorics, the standard module itertools implements some generators that return combinations and permutations. See http://docs.python.org/library/itertools.html
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Hi pepr

To plot the graph I was going to use matplotlib (?)

Essentially all I'm asking is given a function, be it y = x^2, y = sin x + x^3, or whatever and an array of x values e.g. x = -2, -1, 0, 5, 10, how do I plot the graph.

I come from a C++ background, so I assumed that you could have an array of x values e.g. x[5] (for the above) from which I could then calculate the corresponding y values y[5], and then pass these into some kind of plotting routine e.g. matplotlip must have something I suspect.

Any ideas?
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Well, it depends.  I do not know matplotlib.  It is likely that it offers mathematical functions including somethin like numpy (that is not part of the standard Python).  Python has the math standard module -- see http://docs.python.org/library/math.html and some mathematical functions built into the interpreter.  However, it may be much more efficient to use the matplotlib's equivalents.  It could also be the case that you prepare x list and the function and the matplotlib computes the results on its own.  I do not know.  Just generally, the python list type can be used as a heterogeneous dynamic array, zero-based indexing.  You can calculate a separate list of y values or a list of tuples with the point coordinates, etc:

a.py
def fn(x):
    return x**2

xlst = [-2, -1, 0, 5, 10]
ylst = []
points = []

for x in xlst:
    ylst.append(fn(x))
    points.append( (x, fn(x)) )
    
print xlst
print ylst
print points

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It prints:

c:\tmp\_Python\IssacJones\Q_27288526>python a.py
[-2, -1, 0, 5, 10]
[4, 1, 0, 25, 100]
[(-2, 4), (-1, 1), (0, 0), (5, 25), (10, 100)]

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Many thanks
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