- Unimodal function
mathematics, a function "f"("x") between two ordered sets is unimodal if for some value "m" (the mode), it is monotonically increasing for "x" ≤ "m" and monotonically decreasing for "x" ≥ "m". In that case, the maximumvalue of "f"("x") is "f"("m") and there are no other local maxima.
Examples of unimodal function:
Function is "S-unimodal" if its
Schwartzian derivativeis negative for all .
probabilityand statistics, a "unimodal probability distribution" is a probability distributionwhose probability density functionis a unimodal function, or more generally, whose cumulative distribution functionis convex up to "m" and concave thereafter (this allows for the possibility of a non-zero probability for "x"="m"). For a unimodal probability distribution of a continuous random variable, the Vysochanskii-Petunin inequalityprovides a refinement of the Chebyshev inequality. Compare multimodal distribution.
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