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What is the Lindley distribution?
A Lindley distribution is one way to describe the lifetime of a process or device. It can be used in a wide variety of fields, including biology, engineering and medicine; it’s especially useful for modeling in mortality studies .
The term “Lindley-Exponential Distribution” is often used to mean the generalized form of the distribution.
Lindley distribution properties
The shape parameter (θ) is a positive real number and can result in either a unimodal or monotone decreasing (i.e. consistently decreasing) distribution. The distribution has thin tails because the distribution decreases exponentially for large x-values.
The one parameter cumulative distribution function is:
Many forms of the distribution have been described in academic literature, including:
- A two-parameter form ,
- A two-parameter weighted form ,
- A generalized Poisson-Lindley ,
- An extended (EL) distribution ,
- An exponential geometric distribution ,
- The transmuted Lindley-Geometric Distribution .
Moments for the one-parameter distribution :
Other parameterizations have different moments. For example, you can find moments for the Transmuted Lindley-Geometric distribution with the following:
If X has T LG (θ, x) ,φ = (θ, p, λ) then the rth moment of X is given by :
Related distributions that model lifetimes:
- Exponential distribution: One advantage of the Lindley distribution is that while the exponential distribution has a constant hazard rate and mean residual life function, the Lindley distribution has increasing hazard rate and decreasing mean residual life function. 
- Gamma distribution.
- Weibull distribution.
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