Research Article
Volume 2 Issue 4  2015
On PoissonLindley Distribution and Its Applications to Biological Sciences
Rama Shanker^{1}* and Hagos Fesshaye^{2}
^{1}Department of Statistics, Eritrea Institute of Technology, Eritrea
^{2}Department of Economics, College of Business and Economics, Eritrea
Received: April 13, 2015  Published: April 27, 2015
*Corresponding author: Rama Shanker, Department of Statistics, Eritrea Institute of Technology, Eritrea, Email:
Citation: Shanker R, Fesshaye H (2014) On PoissonLindley Distribution and Its Applications to Biological Sciences. Biom Biostat Int J 2(4): 00036. DOI:
10.15406/bbij.2015.02.00036
Abstract
A general expression for the $r$
th factorial moment of PoissonLindley distribution has been obtained and hence its first four moments about origin has been obtained. The distribution has been fitted to some datasets relating to ecology and genetics to test its goodness of fit and the fit shows that it can be an important tool for modeling biological science data.
Keywords: Lindley distribution, PoissonLindley distribution, moments, compounding, estimation of parameters, goodness of fit.
Introduction
The PoissonLindley distribution (PLD) given by its probability mass function
$P\left(X=x\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{{\theta}^{2}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(x+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta +\text{\hspace{0.17em}}2\right)}{{\left(\theta +\text{\hspace{0.17em}}1\right)}^{x+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}3}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}};$x = 0, 1, 2,…, > 0. (1.1)
has been introduced by Sankaran (1970) to model count data. The distribution arises from the Poisson distribution when its parameter $\lambda $
follows Lindley (1958) distribution with its probability density function
$f\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(\lambda ,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta \right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{{\theta}^{2}}{\theta +\text{\hspace{0.17em}}1}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(1+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda \right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{e}^{\theta \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda}$$x>0\text{\hspace{0.17em}},\theta >0$
(1.2)
We have
$P\left(X=x\right)=$
$\underset{0}{\overset{\infty}{\int}}P}\left(x\lambda \right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(\lambda ;\theta \right)d\lambda ={\displaystyle \underset{0}{\overset{\infty}{\int}}\frac{{e}^{\lambda}{\lambda}^{x}}{x!}}\cdot \frac{{\theta}^{2}}{\theta +1}\left(1+\lambda \right){e}^{\theta \lambda}d\lambda $(1.3)
$=\frac{{\theta}^{2}}{\left(\theta +1\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x!}{\displaystyle \underset{0}{\overset{\infty}{\int}}{e}^{\left(\theta +1\right)\lambda}}\left({\lambda}^{x}+{\lambda}^{x+1}\right)d\lambda $
$=\frac{{\theta}^{2}}{\theta +1}\left[\frac{1}{{\left(\theta +1\right)}^{x+1}}+\frac{x+1}{{\left(\theta +1\right)}^{x+2}}\right]$
$=\frac{{\theta}^{2}\left(x+\theta +2\right)}{{\left(\theta +1\right)}^{x+3}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}};\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta >0,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=0,1,2,3,\mathrm{...}$
which is the PoissonLindley distribution (PLD).
The PLD has been extensively studied by Sankaran [1] and Ghitany and Mutairi [2] and they have discussed its various properties. The PLD has been generalized by many researchers. Shanker & Mishra [3] obtained a two parameter PoissonLindley distribution by compounding Poisson distribution with a two parameter Lindley distribution introduced by Shanker & Mishra [4]. A quasi PoissonLindley distribution has been introduced by Shanker & Mishra [5] by compounding Poisson distribution with a quasi Lindley distribution introduced by Shanker & Mishra [6]. Shanker et al. [7] obtained a discrete two parameter PoissonLindley distribution by mixing Poisson distribution with a two parameter Lindley distribution for modeling waiting and survival time’s data introduced by Shanker et al. [8]. Further, Shanker & Tekie [9] obtained a new quasi PoissonLindley distribution by compounding Poisson distribution with a new quasi Lindley distribution introduced by Shanker & Amanuel [10].
In this paper, a general expression for the th factorial moment of PLD has been obtained and hence its first four moments about origin has also been obtained. It seems that not much work has been done on the applications of PLD. The PLD has been fitted to some data sets in ecology and genetics along with Poisson distribution and it has been found that PLD is more flexible for analyzing different types of count data than Poisson distribution.
Moments of PoissonLindley Distribution
The $r$
th factorial moment about origin of the PLD (1.1) can be obtained as
${{\mu}^{\prime}}_{\left(r\right)}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}E\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[\text{\hspace{0.17em}}E\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left({X}^{\left(r\right)}\lambda \right)\right]$(2.1)
where
${X}^{\left(r\right)}=X\left(X1\right)\left(X2\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathrm{...}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(Xr+1\right)$
From (1.3), we thus have
${{\mu}^{\prime}}_{\left(r\right)}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\displaystyle \underset{0}{\overset{\infty}{\int}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[{\displaystyle \sum _{x=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}0}^{\infty}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{x}^{\left(r\right)}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{{e}^{\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\lambda}^{x}}{x!}}\right]}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{{\theta}^{2}}{\theta +\text{\hspace{0.17em}}1}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(1+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{e}^{\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}d\lambda $
$=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\displaystyle \underset{0}{\overset{\infty}{\int}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[{\lambda}^{r}{\displaystyle \sum _{x=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}r}^{\infty}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{{e}^{\lambda}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\lambda}^{xr}}{\left(xr\right)!}}\right]}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{{\theta}^{2}}{\theta +\text{\hspace{0.17em}}1}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(1+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{e}^{\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}d\lambda $
Taking$x+r$
in place of $x$
, we get
${{\mu}^{\prime}}_{\left(r\right)}={\displaystyle \underset{0}{\overset{\infty}{\int}}{\lambda}^{r}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[{\displaystyle \sum _{x=\text{\hspace{0.17em}}0}^{\infty}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{{e}^{\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{\lambda}^{x}}{x!}}\right]}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{{\theta}^{2}}{\theta +\text{\hspace{0.17em}}1}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(1+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{e}^{\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}d\lambda $
The expression within the bracket is clearly unity and hence we have
${{\mu}^{\prime}}_{\left(r\right)}=\frac{{\theta}^{2}}{\theta +\text{\hspace{0.17em}}1}{\displaystyle \underset{0}{\overset{\infty}{\int}}{\lambda}^{r}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(1+\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{e}^{\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\theta \text{\hspace{0.17em}}\lambda}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}d\lambda $
Using gamma integral and a little algebraic simplification, we get finally a general expression for the th factorial moment of PLD as
${{\mu}^{\prime}}_{\left(r\right)}=\frac{r!\left(\theta +r+1\right)}{{\theta}^{r}\left(\theta +1\right)}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}};r=1,2,3,\mathrm{....}$(2.2)
Substituting $r=1,2,3,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{and}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}4$
in (2.2), first four factorial moments can be obtained and using the relationship between factorial moments and moments about origin, the first four moment about origin of the PLD (1.1) are given by
${{\mu}^{\prime}}_{1}=$$\frac{\theta +2}{\theta \left(\theta +1\right)}$(2.3)
${{\mu}^{\prime}}_{2}=$
$\frac{\theta +2}{\theta \left(\theta +1\right)}+\frac{2\left(\theta +3\right)}{{\theta}^{2}\left(\theta +1\right)}$
(2.5)
${{\mu}^{\prime}}_{3}=\frac{\theta +2}{\theta \left(\theta +1\right)}+\frac{6\left(\theta +3\right)}{{\theta}^{2}\left(\theta +1\right)}+\frac{6\left(\theta +4\right)}{{\theta}^{3}\left(\theta +1\right)}$
(2.4)
${{\mu}^{\prime}}_{4}=\frac{\theta +2}{\theta \left(\theta +1\right)}+\frac{14\left(\theta +3\right)}{{\theta}^{2}\left(\theta +1\right)}+\frac{36\left(\theta +4\right)}{{\theta}^{3}\left(\theta +1\right)}+\frac{24\left(\theta +5\right)}{{\theta}^{4}\left(\theta +1\right)}$(2.6)
Ghitany et al. [2] discussed the estimation methods for the PLD (1.1) and its applications.
Estimation Of Parameters
Maximum Likelihood (ML) Estimates: Let
${x}_{1},{x}_{2},\dots ,{x}_{n}$
be a random sample of size n from the PLD (1.1). Let
${f}_{x}$
be the observed frequency in the sample corresponding to
$X=x$
(
$x=1,2,3,\mathrm{...},k$
) such that
$\sum _{x=1}^{k}{f}_{x}}=n$
, where
$k$
is the largest observed value having nonzero frequency. The likelihood function,
$L$
, of the PLD (1.1) is given by
$L={\theta}^{2n}\frac{1}{{\left(\theta +1\right)}^{{\displaystyle \sum _{x=1}^{k}{f}_{x}\left(x+3\right)}}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\prod _{x=1}^{k}{\left(x+\theta +2\right)}^{{f}_{x}}$
The log likelihood function is given by
$\text{Log}L=2n\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathrm{log}\theta {\displaystyle \sum _{x=1}^{k}{f}_{x}\left(x+3\right)}\mathrm{log}\left(\theta +1\right)+{\displaystyle \sum _{x=1}^{k}{f}_{x}}\mathrm{log}\left(x+\theta +2\right)$
The maximum likelihood estimate,$\widehat{\theta}$
of $\theta $
is the solution of the equation $\frac{d\mathrm{log}L}{d\theta}=0$
and is given by solution of the following nonlinear equation
$\frac{2n}{\theta}\frac{n\left(\overline{x}+3\right)}{\theta +1}+{\displaystyle \sum _{x=1}^{k}\frac{{f}_{x}}{x+\theta +2}}=0$
Where $\overline{x}$
is the sample mean. It has been shown by Ghitany & Mutairi [2] that the ML estimator $\widehat{\theta}$
of $\theta $
is consistent and asymptotically normal.
Estimates from Moments: Let ${x}_{1},{x}_{2},\dots ,{x}_{n}$
be a random sample of size n from the PLD (1.1). Equating the first moment about origin to the sample mean, the method of moment (MOM) estimate, $\tilde{\theta}$
, of $\theta $
is given by
$\tilde{\theta}=\frac{\left(\overline{x}1\right)+\sqrt{{\left(\overline{x}1\right)}^{2}+8\overline{x}}}{2\overline{x}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}};\overline{x}>0$
Where$\overline{x}$
is the sample mean? It has been shown by Ghitany & Mutairi [2] that the MOM estimator $\widehat{\theta}$
of $\theta $
is positively biased, consistent and asymptotically normal.
Applications of PoissonLindley Distribution
The Poisson distribution is a suitable model for the situations where events seem to occur at random such as the number of customers arriving at a service point, the number of telephone calls arriving at an exchange , the number of fatal traffic accidents per week in a given state, the number of radioactive particle emissions per unit of time, the number of meteorites that collide with a test satellite during a single orbit, the number of organisms per unit volume of some fluid, the number of defects per unit of some materials, the number of flaws per unit length of some wire, etc. However, the Poisson distribution requires events to be independent a condition which is rarely satisfied completely. In biological science and medical science, the occurrence of successive events is dependent. The negative binomial distribution is a possible alternative to the Poisson distribution when successive events are possibly dependent [11]. Further, for fitting Poisson distribution to the count data equality of mean and variance should be satisfied. Similarly, for fitting negative binomial distribution (NBD) to the count data, mean should be less than the variance. In biological and medical sciences, these conditions are not fully satisfied.
The theoretical and empirical justification for the selection of the PLD to describe biological science and medical science data is that PLD is over dispersed ( $\mu <{\sigma}^{2}$
)
Application in Ecology
The organisms and their environment in the nature are not only complex and dynamic but also interdependent, mutually reactive and interrelated. Ecology deals with the various principles which govern such relationship between organisms and their environment. Fisher et al. [12] has discussed the applications of Logarithmic series distribution (LSD) to model count data in the science of ecology. It was Kempton [13] who fitted the generalized form of Fisher’s Logarithmic series distribution (LSD) to model insect data and concluded that it gives a superior fit as compared to ordinary Logarithmic series distribution (LSD). He also concluded that it gives better explanation for the data having exceptionally long tail. Tripathi & Gupta [14] proposed another generalization of the Logarithmic series distribution (LSD) and fitted it to insect data and found that it gives better fit as compared to ordinary Logarithmic series distribution. They concluded that the distribution is flexible to describe shorttailed as well as longtailed data. Mishra & Shanker [15] have discussed applications of generalized logarithmic series distributions (GLSD) to models data in ecology.
In this section we have tried to fit Poisson distribution and Poisson Lindley distribution to many biological data using maximum likelihood estimates. The data were on haemocytometer yeast cell counts per square, on European red mites on apple leaves and European corn borers per plant.
It is obvious from above (Table 13) that PLD gives much closer fit than Poisson distribution and thus it can be considered as an important tool for modeling data in ecology.
Number of cells per square 
Observed frequency 
Expected frequency 
Poisson distribution 
PoissonLindley distribution 
0
1 
128
37 
118.1
54.3 
127.4
41.1 
2
3
4
5+ 
18
3
1
0 
$\begin{array}{l}12.5\\ 1.9\\ 0.2\\ 0.0\end{array}\}$

$\begin{array}{l}12.9\\ 3.9\\ 1.2\\ 0.5\end{array}\}$

Total 
187 
187.0 
187.0 
Estimate of parameter 

$\widehat{\theta}$
=0.459893 
$\widehat{\theta}$
=2.751579 
${\chi}^{2}$


9.903 
1.431 
d.f. 

1 
1 
pvalue 

0.0016 
0.2316 
Table 1: Observed and expected number of Haemocytometer yeast cell counts per square observed by ‘Student’ 1907.
Number mites per leaf 
Observed frequency 
Expected frequency 
Poisson distribution 
PoissonLindley distribution 
0 
38 
25.3 
35.8 
1 
17 
29.1 
20.7 
2 
10 
16.7 
11.4 
3
4
5
6
7+ 
9
3
2
1
0 
$\begin{array}{l}6.4\\ 1.8\\ 0.4\\ 0.2\\ 0.1\end{array}\}$

6.0
$\begin{array}{l}3.1\\ 1.6\\ 0.8\\ 0.6\end{array}\}$

Total 
80 
80.0 
80.0 
Estimate of parameter 

$\widehat{\theta}$
=1.15 
$\widehat{\theta}$
=1.255891 
${\chi}^{2}$


18.275 
2.469 
d.f. 

2 
3 
pvalue 

0.0001 
0.4809 
Table 2: Observed and expected number of red mites on Apple leaves.
Number of bores per plant 
Observed frequency 
Expected frequency 
Poisson distribution 
PoissonLindley distribution 
0 
83 
78.9 
87.2 
1 
36 
42.9 
31.8 
2
3
4+ 
14
2
1 
$\begin{array}{l}11.7\\ 2.1\\ 0.4\end{array}\}$

$\begin{array}{l}11.2\\ 3.8\\ 2.0\end{array}\}$

Total 
136 
136.0 
136.0 
Estimate of parameter 

$\widehat{\theta}$
=0.544118 
$\widehat{\theta}$
=2.372252 
${\chi}^{2}$


1.885 
0.757 
d.f. 

1 
1 
pvalue 

0.1698 
0.3843 
Table 3: Observed and expected number of European corn borer of Mc. Guire et al [18].
Application in Genetics
Number of aberrations 
Observed frequency 
Expected frequency 
Poisson distribution 
PoissonLindley distribution 
0 
268 
231.3 
257.0 
1 
87 
126.7 
93.4 
2 
26 
34.7 
32.8 
3
4
5
6
7+ 
9
4
2
1
3 
$\begin{array}{l}6.3\\ 0.8\\ 0.1\\ 0.1\\ 0.1\end{array}\}$

11.2
$\begin{array}{l}3.8\\ 1.2\\ 0.4\\ 0.2\end{array}\}$

Total 
400 
400.0 
400.0 
Estimate of parameter 

$\widehat{\theta}$
=0.5475 
$\widehat{\theta}$
=2.380442 
${\chi}^{2}$


38.208 
6.208 
d.f. 

2 
3 
pvalue 

0.0000 
0.1019 
Table 4: Distribution of number of Chromatid aberrations (0.2 g chinon 1, 24 hours).
Genetics is the branch of biological science which deals with heredity and variation. Heredity includes those traits or characteristics which are transmitted from generation to generation, and is therefore fixed for a particular individual. Variation, on the other hand, is mainly of two types, namely hereditary and environmental. Hereditary variation refers to differences in inherited traits whereas environmental variations are those which are mainly due to environment. In the field of genetics much quantitative studies seem to have been done. The segregation of chromosomes has been studied using statistical tool, mainly chisquare ( ${\chi}^{2}$
). In the analysis of data observed on chemically induced chromosome aberrations in cultures of human leukocytes, Loeschke & Kohler [16] suggested the negative binomial distribution while Janardan & Schaeffer [17] suggested modified Poisson distribution. Mishra & Shanker [15] have discussed applications of generalized Logarithmic series distributions (GLSD) to model data in mortality, ecology and genetics. In this section an attempt has been made to fit to data relating to genetics using PLD and Poisson distribution using maximum likelihood estimate. Also an attempt has been made to fit Poisson distribution and PLD to the data of Catcheside et al.[19,20] in (Tables 37) [21].
Class/Exposure
( ) 
Observed frequency 
Expected frequency 
Poisson distribution 
PoissonLindley distribution 
0 
413 
374.0 
405.7 
1 
124 
177.4 
133.6 
2 
42 
42.1 
42.6 
3
4
5
6 
15
5
0
2 
$\begin{array}{l}6.6\\ 0.8\\ 0.1\\ 0.0\end{array}\}$

13.3
$\begin{array}{l}4.1\\ 1.2\\ 0.5\end{array}\}$

Total 
601 
601.0 
601.0 
Estimate of parameter 

$\widehat{\theta}$
=0.47421 
$\widehat{\theta}$
=2.685373 
${\chi}^{2}$


48.169 
1.336 
d.f. 

2 
3 
pvalue 

0.0000 
0.7206 
Table 5: Mammalian cytogenetic dosimetry lesions in rabbit lymphoblast induced by streptonigrin (NSC45383), Exposure 60 $\mu gkg$
Class/Exposure
( ) 
Observed frequency 
Expected frequency 
Poisson distribution 
PoissonLindley distribution 
0 
200 
172.5 
191.8 
1 
57 
95.4 
70.3 
2 
30 
26.4 
24.9 
3
4
5
6 
7
4
0
2 
$\begin{array}{l}4.9\\ 0.7\\ 0.1\\ 0.0\end{array}\}$

$\begin{array}{l}8.6\\ 2.9\\ 1.0\\ 0.5\end{array}\}$

Total 
300 
300.0 
300.0 
Estimate of parameter 

$\widehat{\theta}$
=0.55333 
$\widehat{\theta}$
=2.353339 
${\chi}^{2}$


29.68 
3.91 
d.f. 

2 
2 
pvalue 

0.0000 
0.1415 
Table 6: Mammalian cytogenetic dosimetry lesions in rabbit lymphoblast induced by streptonigrin (NSC45383), Exposure 70 $\mu gkg$
Class/Exposure
( ) 
Observed frequency 
Expected frequency 
Poisson distribution 
PoissonLindley distribution 
0 
155 
127.8 
158.3 
1 
83 
109.0 
77.2 
2 
33 
46.5 
35.9 
3
4
5
6 
14
11
3
1 
$\begin{array}{l}13.2\\ 2.8\\ 0.5\\ 0.2\end{array}\}$

16.1
$\begin{array}{l}7.1\\ 3.1\\ 2.3\end{array}\}$

Total 
300 
300.0 
300.0 
Estimate of parameter 

$\widehat{\theta}$
=0.853333 
$\widehat{\theta}$
=1.617611 
${\chi}^{2}$


24.969 
1.51 
d.f. 

2 
3 
pvalue 

0.0000 
0.6799 
Table 7: Mammalian cytogenetic dosimetry lesions in rabbit lymphoblast induced by streptonigrin (NSC45383), Exposure 90$\mu gkg$
It is obvious from above tables that PLD gives much closer fit than Poisson distribution and thus it can be considered as an important tool for modeling data in genetics.
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